Fetty Wap dropped his official visuals for “Wake Up” last week, which featured his return to the halls of his old high school where he raps about getting Wiz Khalifa high and points out the future billionaires sitting in the same classrooms he once did. The video also features numerous references to marijuana, including banners and posters with the words “Go Team Kush” and a woman using an apple as a bong. The video has racked up over 3.2 million views since its release.
“As there are procedures that must be followed in securing the use of our facilities, whether all procedures were followed is in question and being investigated and will be addressed as a personnel matter,” the district’s spokeswoman, Terry Corallo, said. “The district does not endorse the content of this video.”
Statements from various board members noted problems with the drug references in the video. “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,” said Kenneth Simmons. “To me, it glorifies dropping out of high school and getting high.”
Fetty Wap explicitly stated in a note that the song is about finding your own way in life. “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.” He later told his fans to “celebrate life everyday” in a tweet that linked out to the video.
District Parent Coordinator at Paterson Public Schools, Mark Fischer, commented on the matter on the school’s Facebook page writing, “I REALLY CAN’T BELIEVE THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL DR. EVANS AND PRINCIPAL OF EASTSIDE MR. MOODY APPROVED THIS….SAY IT AIN’T SO JOE.”
Both Fetty Wap and Eastside High School did not immediately respond to Complex’s request for comment.