The musical composition “WAP” was released in 2020. The collaboration between Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion quickly gained popularity and won awards. For example, the song was voted “Best Single of 2020” by the BBC. WAP became the only female rap collaboration to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The track’s fans call it a hymn to female sexuality and praise it for its boldness. Of course, the song also has haters who criticize it for being too frank.
History of creation
Singers Cardi B and Megan T Stallion met in Los Angeles thanks to their stylists. The girls decided to consider the possibility of cooperation. By that time, Cardi had already written the lyrics to the song “WAP” and she proposed Megan a joint project. In addition, the singer invited celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Normani and Rosalia to participate in the video. On August 3, 2020, Cardi B posted the cover of the musical composition on social media. The video premiered on August 7th.
The authors of the video script were the performers themselves. The song features Frank Sky’s 1993 “Whores in This House” sample.
“WAP” has caused several scandals at once. By itself, the text of the song was considered by many listeners to be depraved, vulgar and frankly indecent.
The appearance of Kylie Jenner in the video also created controversy. Black Lives Matter activists were outraged and asked to be removed from the music video. In their opinion, all participants in the video must be black. In addition, fans of the song were not satisfied with the fact that other celebrities in the video perform complex dance moves, sit on the twine, and Kylie just walks down the corridor and opens the door. They saw a hidden meaning in this, as if all doors were open for a white girl.
The meaning of the song «WAP» by Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
A Russian-speaking listener may not understand the meaning of this song. Let’s try to figure out what topics it raises.
“WAP” is written in the genre of hip-hop and dirty rap. Its name is an abbreviation of the slang phrase “Wet-a$s pu$sy”, the expression “Wet-a$s” can be translated as “very wet”. Throughout the song, the performers talk about how men should satisfy them.
The first verse is sung by Cardi B. In it, the girl tells what exactly gives her pleasure. She is open to experimentation and invites her partner to be as liberated as herself: “Let’s roleplay, I’ll wear a disguise / Let’s role-play, I’ll put on a mask.” Cardi sings about how she is not going to live a boring life and can use her beauty and charm to achieve success. She speaks openly about her values: “I don’t cook, I don’t clean, But let me tell you, I got this ring / I don’t cook, I don’t clean, but I’ll tell you what I have on my finger ring”. The essence of the verse is that you do not need to be afraid of your desires and be shy to have fun.
In the second verse, Megan advises girls not to doubt their attractiveness, men will do everything possible for them. At the same time, she will not build relationships with anyone, the performer says that she will first check a potential partner. In addition, she is ready to be only with someone who will still fulfill her desires, including giving expensive gifts. The girl highly appreciates herself and declares that a man should try to be with her. The main idea is that everything is decided by a woman, she uses her sexuality to subdue a man.
In the third verse, Cardi B is the soloist again. She describes the partner she wants to have next to her. The heroine of the song needs only the best and she will choose a worthy one: “He got some money, then that’s where I’m headed / He has money, so I’m heading there.” A girl herself can give a man a lot of pleasure, he will not want to part with her. Her skills will impress any partner: “I spit on his mic and now he tryna sign me! / I read into his microphone, now he wants to sign a contract with me!”. The text contains the following meaning – an incredible inner strength is hidden in every woman that needs to be manifested.
Megan’s fourth verse begins with “Your Honor, I’m a freak: handcuffs, leashes.” The heroine of the song seems to declare “Yes, I am like that and I am not going to change.” Her desires are unusual and she is not shy about it. Vivid impressions and sensations are more important for her than the opinions of others. This is confirmed by the lines: “If he ask “Whose is it?”, I’ma spell my name! No one can control her, life belongs only to herself. The girl adheres exclusively to her own rules and therefore is absolutely happy.
The song broke the record for the most first week views in the United States. Her appearance and success is considered a historic moment, thanks to which female rappers will leave a mark in the history of music. According to some critics, “WAP” empowers women. Writers from USA Today considered the single a “pop culture phenomenon”.