This time last year, Fetty Wap was building his buzz, uploading songs to his SoundCloud one-by-one. But it was one particular song that was uploaded in March, which set everything off and made the Paterson, New Jersey hip-hop rookie a two-time nominee at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, which will air live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater at 9 p.m. ET, on Sunday, August 30.
Fetty’s noms in the Best Hip Hop Video and Artist To Watch categories is a win, regardless of whether or not his name is announced when the envelopes are opened on August 30. Because, let’s face it — this guy has been slowly stacking wins since the ball dropped in January.
If you’ve been under a rock this whole time, here’s how Fetty Wap got here.
The song was catchy on its own, but with the VMA-nominated video Fetty shows us a different kind of love, where he and his baby count money and cook apple pies together.
The Kanye Co-Sign
We believe Fetty would still be on top even if Kanye didn’t bring him on for his Roc City Classic concert in February, but standing close to Mr. West certainly doesn’t hurt things.
Jay Z And Beyoncé Are Fans
I mean, Jay Z and Beyoncé seemed to enjoy Fetty’s performance; here’s video of them bopping to “Trap Queen.”
The Rihanna Shout-Out
Fetty got a lot of love in February, during Rihanna’s i-D magazine interview that month, she told the world that she purchased the platinum-selling “Trap Queen” on iTunes.
Fetty’s 2015 MTV Movie Awards Performance
In April, Fetty hit the stage with Fall Out Boy at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. That was a huge night.
Drake Jumps On “My Way”
If Drake doesn’t remix your song, is your song really a song? OK, maybe that’s a bit much, but Drizzy’s “My Way” remix definitely opened Zoovier up to a bigger audience.
Once hip-hop fans got a taste of Fetty, we couldn’t get enough. He dropped his “679” video with the Remy Boyz in May. In less than three months, the clip already has almost 16 million views.
The 2015 XXL Freshman Cover
Wap’s stock continued to rise at the beginning of June when it was revealed that he would appear front and center on the cover of XXL’s annual freshman issue.
The 2015 BET Awards Performance
His First Award Win
Fetty got emotional during when he won his first award, thanks to Music Choice back in June. If he wins at the VMAs who knows how he’ll react.