Fetty Wap Reveals Title of Sophomore Album
Last night (Aug. 30), Adidas introduced its Athletics division with a star-studded event that included U.S. Olympians, NBA players and hip-hop acts Metro Boomin and Fetty Wap. The eventful night featured the unveiling of the Adidas Z.N.E. Hoodie as well as other product from the newly formed Athletics line and was capped off with a special performance by Fetty and Remy Boyz crew.
Fetty, who recently released the single "Different Now," was sporting the brand new Adidas Z.N.E. Hoodie and pants at the event while also wearing Andrew Wiggins' signature basketball shoe, the Crazylight Explosive. Hitting the Adidas #FindFocus stage a little after 9:30 p.m., the New Jersey artist kicked off his set with the infectious track "RGF Island" and went on to perform a number of records off his self-titled debut album. Accompanied by Remy Boy Monty, Fetty had the New York crowd in a frenzy as they sang along to the sounds of the 1738 crew. Closing out his set with his smash hit "Trap Queen," Fetty thanked the media and fans in attendance as well as Adidas for their support throughout the years.
XXL got a chance to chop it up with the "679" rapper right before he hit the stage to discuss the relationship between Adidas and hip-hop, his favorite sneakers from the brand and the details of his sophomore album.
XXL: The relationship between Adidas and hip-hop has always gone hand in hand throughout the years, from Run-D.M.C. to Kanye West and yourself. Talk to me about the connection the Three Stripes has had with hip-hop thus far.
Fetty Wap: The Adidas relationship with hip-hop has been big throughout the years. I remember my dad and mom used to wear Adidas shell toe sneakers, you know what I'm saying? And then Run-D.M.C. had that song called "My Adidas," which was big back in the days. I really didn't know too much of the song but you know my parents they used to play it and stuff so to me its like history repeats itself, you know what I'm saying? Generations keep going so I feel good to be a part of this adidas event and the relationship I have with the brand.
What's your favorite pair of Adidas sneakers?
My favorite pair of Adidas sneakers has to be the classics, the shell toes. In particular the all-white classics with the black stripes. Those shoes are timeless and will never go out of style, you know what I'm saying?
You were one of the first hip-hop acts to get an early pair of the very first Adidas Yeezy Boost 750 sneakers. Since then, Kanye has launched different iterations of the shoe and his footwear collab with Adidas has become one of the most sought-after shoes of all time. Let's discuss the evolution of the Yeezy Boost sneakers and your favorite pair of Yeezy Boosts. Do you still have that pair that was hand given to you by Kanye?
Yeah, I remember the day Kanye gave me the early pair of 750 Boosts. I remember wearing them all the time everywhere I went and I definitely dogged mines [laughs]. When I saw Kanye drop the 350s and I was like I need to get those too! They're too fly! So I got me the all-black 350s when they dropped and I think I wore those shoes every day for like two or three months. The style and comfortability of the shoe really did it for me. Now I need the all-white 350 Boosts.
A few weeks back you dropped the single "Different Now." Fire record by the way. On the cover art, you have your two eyes. What was the reason behind that?
That wasn't really my idea. I guess that was more of a marketing idea with the track being called "Different Now." I don't even know why they chose that, you know what I'm saying? But I just knew it was going to bring attention so it kind of worked I guess. Plus, I just really wanted everyone to listen to the song and it worked out pretty good.
Does the release of the single mean your sophomore album is coming soon? Is there a title for the project already?
Yeah, definitely. The title of my sophomore album is going to be King Zoo. I'll probably have it out by September. I really want to drop it around the same time I dropped my last album; that would be cool.
How will this sophomore album be different from your debut project?
My first album was really for the world to get to know how I was, you know what I'm saying? For this album, I really sat down and tried to make something that people want to listen to a lot. It's going to be hard to turn this album off. They already play me a lot right now, so when I drop this album it's going to be a lot more. I want to stay relevant and I want to stay Fetty Wap.
You've collaborated already with a whole bunch of artists, but who's someone that you haven't worked with in the studio that you want to?
I still haven't recorded with Gucci Mane yet, so that's who I want to work with, but I'm sure we'll make something happen in the near future.
The video of you meeting Gucci Mane for the first time was really dope. How was it meeting him?
That shit was crazy for me. It was like walking into a room and you grew up wanting to meet Superman your whole life and you walk into a room and you meet Superman, that's how it felt meeting Gucci Mane. He's someone I always supported, so meeting him was crazy.
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