Documents obtained by The Fader reveal that prosecutors in Fetty Wap's alleged drug trafficking case used his song "Trap Queen" in court. According to the court documents, they referenced the song to back up their request for a longer sentence. They claim that Fetty Wap told the government that the song was about the rapper participating in drug trafficking. Prosecutors also claim that the song's music video "idealized selling drugs." They additionally referenced his 2022 song, "Sweet Yamz." “Yams is code for grams of narcotics, and making significant money (i.e., ‘bands’) from that illegal trade,” they claimed.
"[Fetty Wap] admitted to the Probation Department that his hit song ‘Trap Queen,’ which was released in 2014, was an ‘ode to a former girlfriend who assisted him a cocaine base distribution operation in Patterson, New Jersey,'" prosecutors said. They added, "The defendant was never held accountable for that conduct, but that does not diminish its significance." They went on to say, “In the official video for ‘Trap Queen,’ the defendant also enlisted young children who stood behind him while he idealized selling drugs."
Prosecutors Say Fetty Wap "Idealized Selling Drugs"
Fetty Wap was arrested in 2021 for federal drug trafficking charges. He later pleaded guilty in August of 2022 to conspiracy to possess and distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. The charges he is facing carry a minimum of five years in prison with a maximum of 40 years.
Earlier this week, Fetty Wap's defense team spoke on the rapper's motivation to get into the alleged drug ring. They claimed, “Personal gain was not his motivation. Rather, he was motivated by his commitment to financially support others." Also, they said, "He became ashamed when he began to struggle to keep up the lifestyle that he created for so many." “His judgment became impaired. Desperate to keep up with his financial obligations, Mr. Maxwell became involved in the instant offense for a few months in the spring of 2020,” they claimed. His lawyers say the rapper is apologetic for his actions, and understands that his actions were a mistake.