Featured artist: Fetty – Can he carry the torch and be the voice for Pittsburgh's Music scene?
As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Fetty from Pittsburgh to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Fetty! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?
Fetty: Music has always been in my blood since the early 90's listening to the big homies like Snoop, Ice Cube, MC Eight, LOX, Biggie, Pac, Scarface, Meth & Redman, No Limit and the Hot Boys etc. I use to have to sneak and listen to their music because my raise would whoop my ass if she ever heard us cursing lol. Although no ass whooping was going to stop what was destined for me anyway. I got influenced by other artist in my city as well like the Big Homie "SLUM Lord" , Mel Man (Dr.Dre's old producer) who is also from my neighborhood, a group called "Scorchin Hot" they was the Cash Money of Pittsburgh, and Rated R who actually had the opportunity to work with Dr.Dre out in Cali. There are tons of talented artist in my city and Being surrounded by so much talent in my city has sharpened my pen game and helped me learn and perfect the craft that i have today. I give credit where its due. It all Started with me making beats on the lunch tables back in highschool listening to the homies spit. The more i heard the more it made me want to do what they did. Those Cyphers was legendary! Dont step in that ring if you wasnt ready to box. A lot have tried but only a few prevailed. Experiences and memories like that will never fade and thats what made me into the artist i am today. It was either go hard or get clowned and kicked out of the cypher never being allowed to return. So to them I give credit to the witty,punchline, story telling artist you see here today.
The best advice was given to me was given to me by a few people actually. My homie "bay bo" told me to stop trying to please and help everybody. You cant help others if your not in the position to help yourself. If your team isn't willing to give you the same effort and energy you're putting out then leave them where they're at! Your a good dude and i understand that you want to help everyone but and i quote "you aint Ghandi" and being like that you will never succeed if you dont put yourself first! When you get on then you can make that decision to come back and get them but until then, DO YOU! (Easier said then done being that I want to help everybody eat) The other advice was from my homie Ricky who I call "the prophet". He told me "be yourself" everybody wasn't put on this earth to like you and thats cool. Your message is designed for the people thats willing to hear and grasp the knowledge and concept of what you got to say.You got a gift that a lot of people wish for. You speak for those who dont have the voice or platform you got. He also told me to do something that separates me from other artist. Make your presence be felt even in your absence. Show love to the ones that got on before you like (wiz khalifa, RIP Jimmy wopo, RIP Mac Miller) etc. So when people see you on stage it automatically gets them talking like "who is this dude"? Is he with Taylor Gang? How do he know Wopo? Etc. By then you already got their attention before you even said a word. So when you kill it you leave that impression in their minds for them to talk about you later (in a good way of ourse). Another key component was from three people actually My OG "DJ. Frank Nitty" and my brother "Flack Meezy" and my cousin "Killa basically telling me "you up next" but you got to stop being humble and giving everybody else props and take that spot that you rightfully earned. They told me that humble shit going ! to get you walked all over in this industry. You got to rap like you know you the shit and have faith because you got the talent but you got to also believe in yourself or you already lost before you even started. We can tell you your Hot but if it's not in your heart it will never show in your music.
What about concerts? Do you play live?
I've never performed with a live band even tho that's one of my things on my rap bucket list. I've done a few shows but mostly I was throwing venues for other artist in my city to give them sort of a "stepping stone platform to get them warmed up for the big shows. I would just perform in the intermission between acts (this is what bay bo meant by me tryna be the Ghandi of rap lol) but other than that nope. I wish to rock that stage in front of thousands of people. I went to a Wiz Khalifa concert a few times because the shows were fucking CRAZY!!! but also to take notes on crowd control, keeping the energy without gassing out on stage, learning how to use the audience to your advantage and most importantly giving them their money's worth.
Best punchline you ever wrote?
Id rather let yall listen to the mixtapes and let you all tell me what my best punchlines are. Because after all it's you all who make me who I am.