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What Ever Happened to Fetty Wap? The Rapper Is Serving a Years-Long Prison Sentence

Following multi-platinum artist Fetty Wap's rise to fame, he fell on hard times. But what happened to him? Details on his prison sentence.


Dec. 14 2023, Published 7:08 p.m. ET

New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap quickly rose to fame after the release of his 2014 single, “Trap Queen,” and later proved himself to be way more than a one-hit-wonder — that was until his personal life took a toll on his professional career.

According to reports, Fetty Wap was indicted and arrested for conspiracy to traffic drugs in 2021. Soon after he would release other multi-platinum singles including “My Way” featuring Monty and “679,” which were both released from his album Fetty Wap.

Have you wondered what happened to Fetty Wap and what he has been up to? Find out more details about his past. present, and ongoing troubles with the law below.

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Fetty Wap attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.

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In the early 2010s, Fetty's music excelled on the charts. However, in the years that followed, the rapper did not surpass the success he saw at the very beginning of his career. Times were rough and he depended on performances and touring to keep his pockets full.

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To make matters worse, the pandemic halted public appearances — but not the monthly $150,000 that was due for bills. Like many, Fetty went back to his old ways of making money when he felt his back was against the wall.

The father of six children trafficked drugs to provide for his growing family and comfortable lifestyle. This decision led to his downfall, as his actions were eventually discovered by the authorities.

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Fetty Wap performs at Flex Fest 2019 at New York Expo Center on August 17, 2019 in Bronx, New York.

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Fetty Wap is serving prison time — here are details on his sentence.

Fetty pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine in May of 2023.

He was sentenced to six years in prison with 5 years of probation. He reflected on his indictment in an interview with XXL. According to Fetty, at the time, it was impossible to make money off of shows.

“Like, aight, the music wasn’t really doin’ that good. I’m putting out music, but nobody’s payin’ attention. So, I’m like, man, f--k it. I’ma go back to what I know how to do."

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US singer/songwriter Fetty Wap arrives for the 2019 ARDYs (fka Radio Disney Music Awards) at the CBS Radford Studios on June 16, 2019 in Studio City, California.
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He explained that instead of pursuing his career more diligently or using his notoriety to increase the number of people listening to his music, he decided to take what he described as the easier way out of financial ruin.

Fetty said that he only committed his crimes to make circumstances better financially for himself and his loved ones.

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He added: "Like if I’m fallin’ off, f--k it, I ain’t about to look like it, you know what I’m sayin’? I was a coward for that. And I was just like, I can’t let my family down."

Despite his legal problems, Fetty is still determined to make his mark on the music industry and has plans too new music from prison. He keeps his spirits high while locked up by working out and rappers like 50 Cent and Coi Leray keep Fetty’s spirits high by continuously checking in on him and showing him lots of love.

His exact release date is unknown but we can't wait to see what's next for the rapper!

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