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FTO Sett on working with Lil Baby, his upcoming debut album, and staying off the block

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FTO Sett. (Image courtesy of FTO Sett)

For FTO Sett, success has come with complications.

"People are stealing my ideas and running with them," the Memphis trap star told Rising Rap.

It's for that reason that the 22-year-old is keeping the details of his upcoming debut album sealed.

"I can't be giving up my recipe, I gave it up last time and I lost," he said when asked if the album has a name.

Asked about any potential features on the project, his response was much the same.

"I can't let it be known, but I'm taking my time on the album and it's 'bout to be outstanding," he said.

Who exactly has been stealing Sett's ideas is unclear, but it's very easy to see why they would want to.

Less than two years ago, Sett was relatively unknown and wrestling with a life of crime. Today, he's one of Memphis' hottest young rappers, boasting well over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Most recently, he linked up with Lil Baby for the track "CBFW" – a collaboration that came about after Baby invited Sett to open up for him at a concert in Miami.

"I never thought I'd have a song with Lil Baby," Sett said.

"Ain't too many people got a feature will Lil Baby," he added. "He's one of the biggest rappers in the industry right now."

Despite his young age and only being at the start of his career, Sett is already used to being around big rappers.

His cousin is Pooh Shiesty, alongside whom he's signed to Gucci Mane's 1017 Records.

Gucci signed Sett to the label in October 2022 after bailing him out of prison.

“Gucci got me out,” Sett said. “He had confidence in me. He said, ‘We’re going to get this paper’. He showed me how to get myself right."

Sett has quickly and somewhat unintentionally become 1017's poster boy since signing to the label.

Shiesty and fellow 1017 rapper Foogiano are both currently behind bars, while Big Scarr died in December 2022 from an accidental drug overdose.

"I'm the only one they really free right now," Sett said. "So I'm taking advantage of it. I'm just standing up to it."

Take advantage is exactly what Sett has done.

In August 2023, he released his debut mixtape, "Life of a SlimeCrook," which features guest appearances from the likes of NLE Choppa, Key Glock, and Finesse2tymes.

The project's lead single, "Piss Set Off," was one of the hottest trap songs of the year, racking up over 10 million views on YouTube.

"I knew it was gonna hit but I ain't know how it was gonna go how it went," Sett said of the song. "It opened some doors for me for sure."

Sett's "Life of a SlimeCrook" sounds just as you'd expect it to.

The beats are grungy and hard-hitting, backed by thumping 808s and rolling hi-hats.

Lyrically, Sett raps mainly about violence, money, and women, which he told Rising Rap is an accurate reflection of his life in South Vegas.

"It's really going on around me," he said. "Ain't no cap or no shit."

For Sett, however, it's his unique tone of voice, sleek flow, and memorable lingo that, no pun intended, sets him apart from the crowd.

But if he wants to take his talent to the next level, he will have to stay on the straight and narrow.

Lil Baby, a drug dealer before his own rise to stardom, knows the score.

"Baby told me, 'Stay off that block, stay out the hood,'" Sett recalled. "He said, 'If you need me, call me.'"


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