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Review: Fetty Wap’s debut album

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If you have listened to the radio or popular music over the past year, you have no doubt heard of Fetty Wap. His meteoric rise from local Soundcloud artist to Top-10 charting artist has been unavoidable, with his hit ‘Trap Queen’ becoming the song of the summer. Now, after more chart success, he has released his first full length album.

One stigma that has seemingly stayed with Fetty Wap through his rise to fame is that he will be a one hit wonder. Trap Queen has been such a success that, despite smashing Billboard records and having his first four singles reach the top 10, many question whether he can climb out of Trap Queens success and not be another one hit wonder. It is apparent however that there is something more to Fetty Wap, he has a unique appeal that is catching the attention of many.

It is unquestionable that the 24-year-old has potential as an artist. As far as rappers-who-sing go, he is possibly the best out there at the moment, with more vocal range and talent than both Future and Young Thug. His formula of thug love ballads, with plenty of auto tune and melodies, works well. But, with the release of his debut album, it is clear he is not comfortable with straying from this formula just yet.

The album is not bad by any means, as ‘Trap Queen’, ‘My Way’, ‘Again’ and ‘679’ are all good songs. Catchy, romantic and congenial, there is not much to dislike about them. However, sitting through an entire album of song after song similar to each other becomes slightly exhausting. It almost feels like a ‘greatest hits’ album come far too early; a collection of singles bunched together on one record with no cognitive flow or story. The album begins to repeat itself, and near its conclusion you begin to wonder if you’ve heard this song already.

The distinctive lack of interesting features or guest appearances does not help. Besides fellow Remy Boyz artist Monty, who appears on nine songs in total, there is only the relatively unknown M80 featured. Even Drake’s verse on the popular remix of ‘My Way’ is not featured, with Fetty sticking to the solo style that made him popular. That’s fine, but on a 20 track album a guest verse here and there is refreshing and breaks up the album, and its absence was notable.
Overall, this is not a terrible album. The songs you already know, you’ll love. The songs you’ve never heard will be more hit and miss. It’s a first attempt, but Fetty Wap is nowhere near his ceiling yet.

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