School district’s fury after Fetty Wap gets ok to shoot music video with drug references

A New Jersey school district is investigating how rapper Fetty Wap was allowed to record a music video that included drug references and a pole dancer in his old high school.

The Paterson native, who was born Willie Maxwell, released the video for Wake Up last week.

The video has more than 3.3million views on YouTube.

Paterson school district spokeswoman Terry Corallo told NJ.com the district is investigating whether procedures were followed in allowing parts of the video to be recorded at Eastside High School.

Fetty Wap dropped out of the school.

A New Jersey school district is investigating how rapper Fetty Wap was allowed to record a music video that included drug references and a pole dancer in his old high school

A scantily clad woman dances on a pole inside a classroom in the video for Wake Up 

Corallo said the district doesn’t endorse the content of the video. It was shot during non-instructional hours and didn’t include students, she said.

The video for the song that was released April 20 includes numerous drug references and features a scantily clad woman dancing on a pole inside a classroom.

At the start of the video, words appear on screen that read: ‘I went back to my old high school to shoot this video.

‘A nobody, high school dropout now known worldwide as Fetty Wap.

‘Celebrate everyday, roll something up and define your own path.’

Numerous banners and posters seen in the video read, ‘Go Team Kush,’ which references a strain of marijuana.

Toward the end of the video, a woman presumed to be a teacher takes an apple from her desk and uses it as a bong.

Some community leaders questioned why a video they say glamorizes negative behaviors was allowed to be filmed at the school.

‘I’m from Paterson and I’m proud of his success, but as a parent and school board member I think it sends the wrong message,’ Kenneth Simmons told The Record. ‘To me, it glorifies dropping out of high school and getting high.’

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the rapper defended his actions 

The rapper wrote on Instagram last week: ‘Back to Paterson for the #WakeUp video droppin this week.’ He also mentioned in the post ‘s/o to the class of #Z0016.’

On April 20, Wap posted a letter he wrote on Twitter.

It said: ‘This song is for everyone who celebrates 4/20 all year but still passes that math test.

‘This song is for everyone that might not be in the top of their class or most popular but you still know where you’re headed, just riding on your own path.

‘I can tell you from experience that if you really put your heart and effort into achieving your goals, you won’t walk away empty handed. You’ll make it.’

In a letter posted to social media last month, Wap said: 'This song is for everyone who celebrates 4/20 all year but still passes that math test'

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the rapper defended his actions.

He said: ‘I went back to my old high school because I love my city.

‘I wanted to show the students of Paterson that someone who walked those same hallways they walk every day and sat in the same classrooms shown in the video has become successful.

‘If I can do it they can do it too.’

His recording label, 300 Entertainment, also voiced support for Wap.

The label ‘encourages and champions artistic expression and creativity from our artists,’ the company said.

Fetty Wap performed a free show for city high school students in August.

Source: The DailyMail

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