Prosecutors said the rapper, best known for his hit “Trap Queen,” glamorized drugs — and sold them even as he made millions from his music.
Fetty Wap, a New Jersey rapper who shot to fame with his hit “Trap Queen,” an ode to a romance entangled in the drug trade, was sentenced to six years in federal prison on Wednesday for trafficking narcotics across the country.
The singer, whose legal name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, 31, had been in custody since his bail was revoked in August, after prosecutors said he had, while on a FaceTime call, displayed a firearm and threatened to kill someone. He subsequently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
On Wednesday, he appeared before Judge Joanna Seybert at the federal court in Central Islip, N.Y., to receive a sentence one year longer than the minimum.
In a letter to the judge last week, prosecutors had argued for a longer term, saying that he had used his fame to “glamorize the drug trade” while making millions from his music after “Trap Queen” was released in 2015. They pointed to the use of children as extras in the song’s music video and noted that the case had received ample attention from the media.
“Young people who admire the defendant and are considering selling drugs need to be sent a message that selling drugs is not a glamorous lifestyle and, if they participate in that trade, they will receive lengthy prison sentences,” wrote Breon Peace, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, asking for sentence between seven and nine years.