A year ago, no one knew who Fetty Wap was. Who would have thought that his debut album, Fetty Wap, would be one of the most anticipated releases of 2015? Not me, that’s for sure. But after three top ten singles, several high-profile features, and earning a permanent place on thousands of “Party” playlists for years to come, it was only a matter of time before Jersey-raised rapper-singer Fetty Wap released his debut album.
And boy, is it a doozie. Over an hour and 15 minutes in length, the album consists of 20 songs and approximately 20,000 “Yaaaaah baby”s, “Squad”s, and “1738”s. The album would greatly benefit from decreasing both amounts. Though there are several standouts, at least half of the tracks all are exactly what you would expect. The whole album style is essentially heavy bass, rapid hi-hats, singing/rapping about partying and women, and, of course, a lot of random exclamations.
My initial reactions were very mixed. For one, it’s hard to deny the presence of some absolute bangers on Fetty Wap. “679” and “My Way” almost force you to bop your head and sing along to the chorus. Just about all the tracks on here are simple, feel-good, party anthems, and, honestly, there ain’t nothing wrong with that.
Not to say that the album is perfect, of course. Though he may have many other talents, Mr. Wap is not a man who enjoys annunciating clearly when he sings or raps. This is an issue for a man whose main appeal is making sing-along songs. Another talent he does not excel at is rapping, though, again, he insists on doing this throughout most of the album, especially on the skippable tracks “Boomin” and “I’m Straight”, the latter of which unfortunately has nothing to do with sexual orientation. His lyrics certainly leave a lot to be desired as well. The “unintentional comedy” peak of the album can be found in “Again”, which literally contains the same exact lyrics as the hit single, “Trap Queen,” in its first verse. Keep in mind, this is the hit single, so everyone listening to this album has heard that song. Interesting choice.
One thing that Fetty does not lack is a strong sense of loyalty. Hardly a song goes by without a “Remyyyy Boys” shoutout to his rap group bros. Such a shoutout nearly ruins the ethereal intro to “Rewind”, which otherwise would be a very refreshing break from the monotony of the preceding beats. In addition, he insists on featuring Remy Boyz member Monty on nearly every single song on the album, although Monty fails to add much to any of those tracks. I have now heard more Monty verses than I ever thought existed. It’s probably best to just assume he is featured on a song unless explicitly stated otherwise.
I don’t mean to rag on Fetty Wap. He actually is a quite talented singer, showing off his range on tracks like “RGF Island” and “Again” (neither featuring Monty). He’s basically a more melodic and less codeine-y Future. He has an absolutely uncanny gift for making catchy choruses that just appeal to people. He is about to make millions of dollars from guest appearances on various pop/rap songs alone; it seems his talents are tailor-made for that kind of thing.
Overall, I would’ve really enjoyed an album made of Fetty Wap’s best 10 or 12 songs. It has great pop appeal, and it truly is enjoyable to listen to (mostly). For Fetty’s next album, I would suggest primarily to cut down the random shoutouts, which really get old after about 6 songs, but also to diversify the material more. The few slower, more melodic tracks on here are honestly really solid. Add those to a couple bangers, and you’ve got a quality album. Until then, enjoy trying to figure out what “1738” means, and enjoy this simple, incredibly fun record. I’m sure you deserve it.