Last Friday, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released a well anticipated single entitled, W.A.P. This single was their first collaboration, in which they also released a music video which featured some female entertainers and social media personalities. Social media has been buzzing especially on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok, as people reacted to the sexy song of the summer.
What made this single so big was it’s representation of a modern day form of sexual liberation. As of today, the song has garnered about 70 million views on Youtube in less than a week. Everything down to the lyrics, costuming, and even the choreography fought against the conservative ideas of a “well-kept woman”.
In their verses and throughout the chorus, both hip-hop stars described their sexual acts and the particular ways they are pleased in the bedroom. They truly represented a role-reversal by changing their sexual narratives that aren’t as common within the female rap game, as their male rapper counterparts. Artists like Lil Kim, Trina, and Khia were some of the first few female rappers to include their sexual desires in their music. Often times when female rappers create a testimony around sex, there are people who create strong critique.
Many conservatives didn’t like the idea of two black women appreciating their sexuality through music. Some of the negative backlash was saying that it was too sexual and/or raunchy. Conservative political commentator, Ben Shapiro, read the lyrics on his radio show, mocking the song by saying “This is what feminists fought for … This is what the feminist movement was all about, and if you say anything differently it’s ’cause you’re a misogynist”.
Many conservatives and some males who believe the lyrics were too raunchy, but listen to male rappers who talk about those same sexual desires in their music, seem to be contradicting themselves. If we are aiming to break gender social norms and stereotypes, we should hold both genders to the same standard. Many male rappers have been using sexual and suggestive verbiage in their singles/albums for decades, and they usually don’t experience the same critique.
Despite the critique, many people are in support of the new single and see it as a new wave of feminism. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion both defended their song on Twitter:
Lol dudes will scream “slob on my knob” word for word and crying abt WAP 😂 bye lil boy
I can’t believe conservatives soo mad about WAP.