Cardi B & Meg The Stallion Challenge Expectations with Empowering Anthem “WAP”
A look at how female rappers are dominating in 2020!
On Friday Cardi B returned to the scene with her brand new single “WAP” featuring Meg Thee Stallion. The anticipated track comes after 9 months since Cardi released music from Invasion of Privacy. “WAP” is a raunchy, hard-hitting song that finds Cardi and Meg teaming up to celebrate wet ass p-ssy. “Certified freak, 7 days a week / Wet ass p-ssy, make that pull out game weak,” Cardi declares before jumping into her innuendo-touched first verse. “Beat it up, n-gga, catch a charge / Extra large and extra hard / Put this p-ssy right in your face / Swipe your nose like a credit card,” she spits over Frank Ski’s “There’s Some Whores in This House,” sampled production. Of course, newcomer Meg The Stallion delivers with her notable flow “Gobble me, swallow me, drip down the side of me / Quick, jump out ‘fore you let it get inside of me / I tell him where to put it, never tell him where I’m ’bout to be / I’ll run down on him ‘fore I have a nigga runnin’ me,” she continues. The two femcees go back and forth before closing “WAP” with the hook, “I’m talking wap, wap, wap / that’s some wet ass p-ssy / macaroni in a pot / that’s some wet ass p-ssy.” The track is everything we expected, plus more, since we received the cover art with the two rappers back to back, tongues out, while sporting the same luxurious wig. The song assisted by a high-budget music video finds the duo walking through a beautiful mansion full of fun and games in every room. The Terry Collins produced video is classy, nasty and luxurious. Of course, it doesn’t come short of controversy for it’s raunchy lyrics and visuals but that’s not it! A petition to remove Kylie Jenner from her 10-second scene has launched with over 50K signatures. Other notable cameos include one from Fifth Harmony’s Normani and newcomer rappers Rosalia Mulatto, Suki Hana and Ruby Rose.
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“WAP” is slated for a debut at the top of the charts with over 85-95 million streams- a continuation of success for female rappers in 2020. Doja Cat set the pace earning her first #1 with the “Say So (Remix)” featuring Nicki Minaj and Meg The Stallion also received her first #1 with her “Savage (Remix)” featuring Beyonce. It’s safe to say that we’ve come a long way from Cardi B’s historic chart number with 2017’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and even further from Lauryn Hill’s 1998 hit “Doo Wop” which was the first solo single from a female hip hop artists to go #1. Although female rappers have always been a staple of hip-hop, the genre has always been a male-dominated industry. In the early 00s female rappers were felt more than ever with a handful of successful female rappers from Trina, to Missy Elliot, to Eve, to Lil Kim, to Charli Baltimore and even Angie Martinez! However, the movement fizzled with the emergence of R&B and rap collaborations amongst the Murder Inc and G-Unit eras. Shortly after that era, Nicki Minaj was able to claim her space in hip-hop in which she dominated for nearly a decade “When I was younger…when I was 6, 7, 8, there was a lot of female rappers and then there was a time when there was no female rappers at all,” Cardi responds when asked about the female rappers she looked up to growing up. “I had to keep replaying songs from the early 2000s. Like, I had to keep replaying it, replaying it, replaying it because for a while there wasn’t no female rappers,” Cardi explained in a recent interview. “And then, there was one female rapper that dominated for a very long time and she did pretty good and still dominating,” she continued.
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The dominance of female rappers is reflective of the times we are in. Females have been empowering themselves by challenging gender roles and expectations in every aspect of life. From the powerful Me Too movement, to pushing for equality in the workforce to their involvement in the BlackLivesMatter movement, females have reclaimed their power solidifying a space of importance. How does that look like in hip-hop? It absolutely looks like Cardi B, Meg The Stallion and the rest of the female rappers. “The song’s intro is built around a sample from Frank Ski’s “There’s Some Whores in This House,” effectively probing us for what’s to come in the video, where we’re taken on a tour through a mansion full of women who are demonstrative of their sexual prowess, with unmatched confidence,” Brianna Holt explains Complex. “I don’t cook, I don’t clean / But let me tell you how I got this ring,” Cardi exclaims, shattering any expectations of a housewife. While some have stated that “WAP” is offensive and over sexualized, male counterparts have been topping the charts about sex and drugs for years. “Misogyny is institutional oppression against women at large, but misogynoir is the dehumanization of Black women perpetuated through individual, societal, and cultural violence toward black women,” Briana continues. Whereas Cam’ron has a hit called “Suck It Or Not,” which finds him asking a female if she’s going to go down on him, Cardi B and Meg The Stallion now have an unapologetic and demanding song about “wet ass p-ssy,” fellas are you ready!? “WAP” is the perfect example of an empowering and progressive track that explores the themes of pleasure, joy and overall sexual liberation. And you know what, I’m here for it! What do you think about Cardi B’s “WAP” featuring Meg Thee Stallion? Check out the video and sound off in the comments below!