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Fetty Wap reflects on the year that put him on the map

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We said goodbye to Don Draper and hello to Adele. Doughnuts were licked, and dinos were vanquished. And whether we were getting to know Supergirl or supervillains (looking at you, Robert Durst), 2015 turned our emotions Inside Out. So join us as we revisit the year’s most unforgettable moments—for better or worse. (By the time we’re through, maybe we’ll finally have our invitation to join Taylor’s #squad.) See more Best of 2015 coverage.

Last year I was pretty much living carpet to carpet. This year I have two houses and three apartments. I can provide for my kids and my mother now.

I expected “Trap Queen” to change my life. Every time I played it I knew it was working. It wasn’t the average R&B song. I expected it to be on the radio. But I didn’t start noticing the money until my motorcycle accident in October. I was like, “How am I going to pay the bills?” Then I checked my account and was like, “Oh yeah, I’m rich.”

My album hit number one that week, but I was in the hospital so I can’t remember how I found out. I honestly didn’t think it would be that big. I didn’t know it would be a slam dunk.

This year, I performed with Taylor Swift and toured with Chris Brown, but my favorite time playing live was in my hometown, Paterson, N.J. It was a free concert and I wanted to do it for all the people who didn’t believe I would stay true to who I was, for all the people who didn’t believe in me—and for the people who stood by me. I just want to tell people Fetty Wap is here. And I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

As told to Jessica Goodman.

To continue reading more on EW’s Best and Worst of 2015, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, or buy it here.

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