It is clear that hip-hop star Fetty Wap likes to have fun whenever and however he can. It showed on his face before his concert Friday, February 26, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
When I drove up to the venue, a small crowd was huddled around a couple of ATVs. Upon closer inspection, I realized that Fetty Wap and his friends were clowning around, and at that moment, the 24-year-old blossoming trap music/hip-hop star had taken off down the street and proceeded to put on a demonstration for the benefit of his fans.
I suppose that when your rise to fame has been as meteoric as his, you have to remember to have a little fun along the way. This seemed to translate to the stage, as Fetty Wap brought humorous hip-hop artist Post Malone with him to rock a sold-out house at the Marquee to during a fun concert.
I was able to catch a couple of the opening acts, namely M-80 and Inas X, a Latina pop star who featured two backup dancers as she sung her R&B-infused pop single “Love Is” and a couple of other tracks. The crowd seemed to respond well to the dance number and Inas’ powerful voice. M-80, however, featured a more trap-like influence to his music but still featured harmonized autotuned lyrics. While both acts did a great job of setting the tone for the evening, the crowd seemed eagerly awaited the main events of the evening. Namely, Post Malone and Fetty Wap.
The audience came alive when Post Malone strolled out to his runaway hit single, “White Iverson.” It was refreshing to see the hip-hop artist come out by himself with no entourage to be seen, as opposed to crowding things with a bunch of unnecessary people. Malone’s gold grill gleamed as he smiled his way through his catalog of songs, including his other hit, “Too Young.”
I was hoping to see him perform his portion of “Fade,” a recent collaboration with Kanye West, but Malone instead brought out fellow rap freak Riff Raff, who performed his hit song “Tip Toe Wing in My Jawwdinz” before he ended his set with another go at “White Iverson.”
Malone’s set helped prime the Marquee Theatre crowd for what they’d come to see: Fetty Wap. And when the “Trap Queen” star hit the stage with his entourage, the crowd roared its approval. Wap wasted no time rewarded them for showing up, as he starting tossing out large stacks of cash into the audience. (Truth be told, such antics are nothing new for the hip-hop artist, as he famously made it rain for his fans at a New Jersey mall last year.)
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Wap ran through such hits as “My Way” and “Again" before turning over the microphone to his right-hand man, Monty, who rocked a couple of songs from his new project, The Mixtape, before Fetty rejoined him onstage again to perform “679” as the rap troupe Remy Boyz.
From the look on his face throughout his set, it was clear that Wap was having a great time at the Marquee and wanted to share it. So much so that he brought up two people from the audience to dance with him. Afterward, Fetty reached into his pockets and pulled out even more cash to give to the both concertgoers.
In addition to stacks of greenbacks, Wap also had the audience in the palm of his hand during his set, which ended with back-to-back renditions of his signature smash hit, “Trap Queen.” The theater sang along to the Auto-Tune-infused anthem with plenty of vigor as Fetty and his crew continued throwing money into the crowd.
Overall, it seems clear that Fetty Wap aims to please his fans. With his high energy, the crowd fell under his spell of Auto-Tuned hits and all the cash. I’d love to see Fetty continue to simply have fun with what he is doing because it's clearly working for him, and with a bright future ahead, it's looking as though he will have plenty of chances to do so.