Fetty Wap has had a lot of success without the release of an album: The rapper-singer is enjoying another week with two songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (a third track sits in the Top 20), he’s on tour with Chris Brown, and he even surprised Taylor Swift’s audience at one of her recent shows with his ubiquitous hit, “Trap Queen.”
After much anticipation, Wap is finally ready to release his debut album on Sept. 25 — just days before the deadline for Grammy eligibility.
“I’m just waiting for it to get mixed and mastered,” Wap, 24, said calmly in a telephone interview. “My album been done for like two months now.”
The wait has been partly because of Lyor Cohen, the record executive who helped solidify the careers of Jay Z, Ja Rule and Ludacris, and who signed Wap to his 300 Entertainment label.
“Our industry is lacking on a wholesale level of artist development … and we feel that (Wap is) just so brilliant and has developed this new style, new sound,” said Cohen, who didn’t want Wap to rush out an album.