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Aspiring Rapper Update

Posted on | May 26, 2023 | Comments Off on Aspiring Rapper Update

Willie Maxwell, a/k/a ‘Fetty Wap’

Aspiring Rapper
North American euphemism for a member of the urban criminal class. This unusual occupation is usually mentioned in conjunction with the subject either being slain or being taken into custody for a violent or property-related crime. A relative of the subject usually points out that the subject’s demise or incarceration comes at an extremely inopportune moment, occurring just as the subject was “turning they(sic) life around.”

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed rapper is king, and the performer known as Fetty Wap certainly was on top of the hierarchy a few years ago, after his first single, “Trap Queen,” rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Let us quote the first verse in its entirety:

I’m like, “hey, what’s up, hello”
Seen yo pretty ass soon as you came in the door
I just wanna chill, got a sack for us to roll
Married to the money, introduced her to my stove
Showed her how to whip it, now she remix it for low
She my trap queen, let her hit the bando
We be counting up, watch how far them bands go
We just set a goal, talking matching lambos
At 56 a gram, 5 a hundred grams though
Man, I swear I love her how she work that damn pole
Hit the strip club, we be letting bands go
Everybody hating, we just call them fans though
In love with the money, I ain’t never letting go

In case you didn’t get it, the references to “stove” and “remix” are about manufacturing drugs at the “trap house” (i.e., a place used to deal narcotics), and the “bands” refer to banded stacks of $100 bills. In other words, this is a song about drug trafficking, boasting about the wealth to be gained as a successful dealer, e.g., with a goal of “matching lambos” — Lamborghini luxury automobiles. Fetty Wap, a high school dropout from Paterson, N.J., was evidently familiar with this deadly and illegal business, and was 23 years old when “Trap Queen” became a hit in mid-2015, eventually accumulating more than 100 million plays on Soundcloud. Now let’s examine Fetty Wap’s personal life, per Wikipedia:

Fetty Wap is the father of six children with five women.

Aydin (born May 2011) with Ariel Reese
Zaviera (born March 2015) with Lezhae Zeona
Khari (born March 2016) with Masika Kalysha
Amani (born April 2016) with Elaynna Parker
Lauren (2017-2021) with Turquoise Miami
Zy (born 2018) with Lezhae Zeona

In early 2018, model Alexis Skyy named Fetty Wap as the father of her daughter Alaiya. In 2019, Fetty Wap publicly stated that he is not Alaiya’s biological father, but is still a father figure to her. In December 2020, Brandon Medford was revealed to be Alaiya’s biological father. Their sex tape [i.e., Fetty and Alexis] was leaked in January 2017.
Fetty Wap appeared on the third season on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, which documented his strained relationship with Masika. He also appeared on the ninth season of Love & Hip Hop: New York which documented his strained relationship with Alexis Skyy.
In September 2019, Fetty Wap privately married model Leandra K. Gonzalez. A year later, Fetty Wap officially divorced from Gonzalez.

So, we have here a performer who got famous by singing about narcotics trafficking, fathered six children with five different women before he turned 30, and who was accused of fathering a child by another woman who co-starred with him in a “sex tape” that went viral in 2017.

Recounting this biographical narrative reminds me of those who, many decades ago, lamented certain mid-20th-century trends that they warned could lead to a coarsening of culture and a lowering of social standards, but why bring up Senator Bilbo at this late date? You didn’t come here for a sociological discussion, but rather to get the latest hiphop news:

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York

Willie Junior Maxwell II,
also known as “Fetty Wap”
Sentenced to 6 Years’ Imprisonment
for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Defendant Was a Member of an Organization
that Distributed More than 100 Kilograms
of Cocaine, Heroin, Fentanyl, and Crack Cocaine
Across Long Island and New Jersey

Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, United States District Judge Joanna Seybert sentenced William Junior Maxwell II, who is the rap artist known as “Fetty Wap,” to six years’ imprisonment and five years of post-release supervision for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. On March 7, 2023, Judge Seybert sentenced Maxwell’s co-defendant Anthony Cyntje, a New Jersey correction officer, to 72 months’ imprisonment for his role in the drug trafficking conspiracy. Maxwell’s remaining four co-defendants pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI); Raymond A. Tierney, District Attorney for Suffolk County; and Rodney K. Harrison, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), announced the sentence.
According to court filings, from approximately June 2019 through June 2020, the defendants distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey. The defendants obtained the narcotics on the west coast and used the United States Postal Service and drivers with hidden vehicle compartments to transport the controlled substances across the country to Suffolk County, where they were stored. The drugs were then distributed to dealers, who sold them on Long Island and in New Jersey. Five of the defendants also used firearms to protect their drug organization and distribution chain. Defendants Anthony Leonardi, Robert Leonardi, Brian Sullivan, and Kavaughn Wiggins participated in the purchase and transportation of the narcotics from the west coast to the east coast where they were processed, stored and ultimately resold. Maxwell was a kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization, and Cyntje transported kilograms of cocaine from Long Island to New Jersey.
Search warrants executed during the investigation resulted in the recovery of approximately $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of heroin, numerous fentanyl pills, two 9mm handguns, a rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a .40 caliber pistol, and ammunition.

Senator Bilbo could not be reached for comment.





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