Re­view: Fetty Wap is melodic but lacks depth on de­but al­bum

‘Fetty Wap’

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Contents - (JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr./As­so­ci­ated Press)

FETTY Wap spring-boarded into main­stream suc­cess be­fore re­leas­ing an al­bum with the Top 10 pop hits “Trap Queen,” ‘’679” and “My Way.” With that suc­cess, most won­dered if the 24-year-old rap­per-singer could de­liver on a ful­l­length mu­si­cal project.

He cer­tainly steps up to the chal­lenge on his self-ti­tled de­but, show­ing those hits were not a fluke. The pro­duc­tion is solid through­out and his vo­cal de­liv­ery is in­fec­tious, though his con­tent lacks some depth.

Wap is not much of a lyri­cist, but he uses the same win­ning-for­mula of keep­ing his sound melodic yet grungy on his 17-track al­bum. It works on “Cou­ple Bandz” and “Again,” another Top 40 hit, where he at­tempts to con­vince a lover that he’s about chas­ing money in­stead other women.

On “RGF Is­land,” Wap brags about spend­ing ex­ces­sive money with his crew on an is­land. He in­tro­duces a loyal mate to the street life on “Jugg,” fea­tur­ing Monty, who makes his pres­ence known on mul­ti­ple songs on “Fetty Wap.”

Out­side of rap­ping about sell­ing drugs on “Trap Luv” and money and cars on “Time,” there’s not much sub­stance on Wap’s de­but. But this is a mu­si­cal ap­proach that works for him — for now.

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