WAP - Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion

The Experience: WAP... I am my sex appeal...

The Vibe: Confident, flaunting and even threatening.

The Topic: Power. Self-worth. Sexuality.

The Tension: But let me tell you how I got this ring (I am loved). VS. The whole song (Because I am lusted after).



Music video: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion make their way through a madhouse. Gold sexual fetishes - butts, breasts, snakes, etc. - decorate the doors and walls. Tigers are behind some doors, twerking celebrities behind others. The lyric video contains a long series of sexual images, both explicit and metaphorical.

The Meaning of WAP: Cardi B's and Megan Thee Stallion's lyrics - practically NSFAnywhere - generated instant controversy when the track dropped. High profile conservatives like Ben Shapiro  critiqued the brazen vulgarity of the lyrics. Media outlets like Rolling Stone Music Now clapped back in defense of the rappers. But the place to start is always the artists themselves. What did they want to transmit?

It seems clear that Cardi and Megan mean to assume agency, take empowerment into their own hands, and talk about their own beauty understood as sex appeal and sexual prowess. WAP is obviously not even trying to make that statement modestly. Modesty is the virtue of sharing intimate beauties only in intimate situations - something that WAP refuses to do. So modesty aside - and modesty isn't the driving issue behind this controversy - what's at stake? 

Beauty isn't bad. Sex appeal and sexual "prowess" aren't bad in and of themselves. That's all part of being human. And since this is review is "a priest reacts to WAP", all of that is also a gift from God, part of who and what he created you to be. But genitality is only part of you, not all of you. Each and every person is a rich and enriching multi-layered universe, full of different facets and dimensions. Your genitality, is an authentic part of that, but it doesn't come anywhere close to explaining who you are.

So when Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion choose their genitality and sexual prowess as the aspect to stake their dignity and empowerment on, they're selling themselves short. They are so much more than that. There are dimensions of their hearts and souls that make them truly unique. Self-affirmation based on something that isn't unique risks becoming a comparison game: I'm an agent, I'm empowered, simply because I'm better than the last one to come along, simply because I'm the "best" product on the market. WAP is problematic not because it goes too far, but because it falls so, so short.

Ask yourself: Do you know your own incomparable and unique worth? What do you place your worth in?

Album:  - (2020)

LYRICS:

There's some whores in this house (17x)

I said (hold up), certified freak
Seven days a week
Wet -ss p-ssy
Make that pull-out game weak

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, you f-cking with some wet -ss p-ssy
Bring a bucket and a mop for this wet -ss p-ssy
Give me everything you got for this wet -ss p-ssy

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
Hop on top, I wanna ride
I do a Kegel while it's inside
Spit in my mouth, look in my eyes
This p-ssy is wet, come take a dive
Tie me up like I'm a surprise
Let's role play, I wear a disguise
I want you to park that big Mack Truck
Right in this little garage
Make it cream, make me scream
Out in public, make a scene
I don't cook, I don't clean
But let me tell you how I got this ring

Gobble me, swallow me
Drip down inside 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 run down on him 'fore I have a n-gga running me
Talk yo sh-t, bite yo lip
Ask for a car while you ride that d-ck
You really ain't never gotta f-ck him for a thang
He already made his mind up 'fore he came
Now get your boots and your coat
For this wet -ss p-ssy
He bought a phone just for pictures
Of this wet -ss p-ssy
Pay my tuition just to kiss me
On this wet -ss p-ssy
Now make it rain if you wanna
See some wet -ss p-ssy

Look, I need a hard hitter, I need a deep stroker
I need a Henny drinker, I need a weed smoker
Not a garden snake, I need a king cobra
With a hook in it, hope it lean over
He got some money, then that's where I'm headed
P-ssy A1, just like his credit
He got a beard, well, I'm tryna wet it
I let him taste it, now he diabetic
I don't wanna spit, I wanna gulp
I wanna gag, I wanna choke
I want you to touch that little dangly dang
That swang in the back of my throat
My head game is fire, punani Dasani
It's going in dry and it's coming out soggy
I ride on that thang like the cops is behind me
I spit on his mic and now he tryna sign me, woo!

Your honor, I'm a freak b-tch, handcuffs, leashes
Switch my wig, make him feel like he cheating
Put him on his knees, give him something to believe in
Never lost a fight, but I'm looking for a beating
In the food chain, I'm the one that eat ya
If he ate my -ss, he's a bottom feeda
Big D stands for big demeanor
I could make you bust before I ever meet ya
If it don't hang, then he can't bang
You can't hurt my feelings, but I like pain
If he f-ck me and ask, "Whose is it?"
When I ride the d-ck, I'ma spell my name

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, you f-cking with some wet -ss p-ssy
Bring a bucket and a mop for this wet -ss p-ssy
Give me everything you got for this wet -ss p-ssy

Now from the top, make it drop
That's some wet -ss p-ssy
Now get a bucket and a mop
That's some wet -ss p-ssy
I'm talking WAP, WAP, WAP
That's some wet -ss p-ssy
Macaroni in a pot
That's some wet -ss p-ssy

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