PATERSON, N.J. — 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 24-year-old Paterson native released the video for "Wake Up" last week. Fetty Wap, whose birth name is Willie Maxwell, dropped out of the school where he shot the video.
Paterson school district spokeswoman Terry Corallo said the district is investigating whether procedures were followed in allowing parts of the video to be recorded at Eastside High School under Board Policy 7510, which states the school facilities "should be made available for community purposes" so long as that use does not interfere with students' education.
"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," Corallo said a statement.
Corallo said the district doesn't endorse the content of the video. She said it was shot during non-instructional hours and didn't include students.
The school received "a very small donation" to its Booster Club from the rapper, Corallo told PIX11 News.
A spokeswoman for Fetty Wap didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.
Fetty Wap performed a free show for city high school students in August.