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"WAP"
Cardi B - WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stallion).png
Single by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion
ReleasedAugust 7, 2020 (2020-08-07)
Genre
Length3:07
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Cardi B singles chronology
"Writing on the Wall"
(2019)
"WAP"
(2020)
"Me Gusta"
(2020)
Megan Thee Stallion singles chronology
"Girls in the Hood"
(2020)
"WAP"
(2020)
Music video
"WAP" official audio on YouTube
"WAP" official music video on YouTube

"WAP" (an acronym for "Wet-Ass Pussy")[1] is a song by American rapper Cardi B, featuring vocals from American rapper Megan Thee Stallion. It was released through Atlantic Records on August 7, 2020, as the lead single from Cardi's upcoming second studio album. "WAP" is a hip hop song driven by heavy bass and a sample of Frank Ski's 1993 single "Whores in This House". In the song's lyrics, Cardi and Megan discuss how they want men to please them, using several sexual innuendos.

Upon release, "WAP" received widespread acclaim from music critics, who praised its sex-positive message. Some conservative commentators criticized its sexually explicit nature. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Cardi B her fourth number-one single in the US, extending her record as the female rapper with the most number-one singles in Hot 100 history, and Megan her second. The song broke the record for the largest opening streaming week for a song in US history and debuted atop the Billboard Digital Song Sales, Streaming Songs, Hot Rap Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs charts. Cardi B became the only female rapper to achieve Hot 100 number-one singles in two different decades (2010s and 2020s). It has spent three weeks atop the chart. The single also reached number one in Australia, Canada, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. "WAP" became the first number one single on the inaugural Billboard Global 200 chart.

The accompanying music video, directed by Colin Tilley, features cameos from several women, including American television star Kylie Jenner, singers Normani and Rosalía, and rappers Mulatto, Sukihana, and Rubi Rose. The video has been described as a confident display of women who demonstrate their sexual prowess. "WAP" broke the record for the biggest 24-hour debut for an all-female collaboration on YouTube.

Background and release

On August 3, 2020, Cardi revealed that the song was a collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion and simultaneously posted the cover art for the song on her social media.[2] A few days later on August 6, she announced via Instagram that the music video for the song would be released alongside it on August 7, but that the video would feature the censored version of the track.[3]

The song became Cardi's first release of 2020, and Megan's first release following a highly publicized shooting incident involving her and Tory Lanez, in which Megan sustained injuries from a bullet to her feet.[4][3][5]

Production and composition

I'm talking about, without exaggeration, maybe 50 different versions before I arrived at a place like, "Oh shit, I think I got it." So as soon as I had it, the first person I let hear it was Cardi. Cardi is one of them people like, "Alright, well, let me hear it! Let's see what you got!"... The thing you're making sure you do is that they complement each other well, that they sit well on the track together and that, to the listener, it feels fluid to your ear... Two different flows, two different energies, two different accents, two different dictions, two different deliveries. In that moment, it just reminded me of old school hip-hop. Artists don't usually do things like this when they're on the top of their games.

—Brooklyn Johnny in an interview with Billboard[6]

Cardi B wrote and recorded her verses for the track and reworked parts of it several times, constantly revisiting it. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion connected through their stylists. After meeting her in Los Angeles, Cardi told her team that she was considering a collaboration with her. A couple of days later, both were sending tracks to each other.[7] Cardi proposed the idea of sending "WAP", as her business partner Brooklyn Johnny did to Megan's manager. After receiving her verses, the song's engineers started editing and mixing vocals, as well as reworking the beat and the arrangement. A part of the arrangement of the song that "feels like a hook" was added later, performed by Cardi B.[6]

Composition

"WAP" is a "raunchy"[8][9][10] hip hop song with heavy bass[11] which heavily samples Frank Ski's 1993 Baltimore club single "Whores in This House".[12][13] Ski teased his involvement in a Twitter post the day before the song's release.[10]

Cardi's voice in the song has been described as "throaty"[11] and "staccato".[14] Lyrically, Cardi and Megan discuss how they want men to please them using a number of sexual metaphors.

Reception

Critical response

Upon release, "WAP" received widespread critical acclaim. For Pitchfork, Lakin Starling called it "a nasty-ass rap bop, bursting with the personality of two of rap's most congenial household names", adding, "the detailed play-by-play in the verses doesn't aim to impress guys—and that, the song suggests, is why Cardi and Meg's expertise is credible," as they "center themselves as women in order to freely celebrate their coveted power, sex appeal, and A1 WAP."[11] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times deemed it "an event record that transcends the event itself", and stated that both rappers "are exuberant, sharp and extremely, extremely vividly detailed" in the song that "luxuriates in raunch".[8] Rania Aniftos of Billboard described the song as a "twerk-ready, scorching banger".[15] Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times deemed it a "savage, nasty, sex-positive triumph" and stated that "the women's vocal exuberance is the show—the way they tear into each perfectly rendered lyric and chew up the words like meat".[14] From the same paper, Christi Carras wrote that the song "carries a political weight that men rapping about sex doesn't".[16]. For The A.V. Club, Shannon Miller stated that "the anthemic salute to total, unabashed sexual agency" shows both rappers with a "straightforward delivery and collective vibrancy" that "exudes a spirit that is as rebellious as it is fun."[17] Writing for Vulture, Craig Jenkins considered the song "class-A Filth for the ages", writing, "the main thrust here is the lyrics, there is so much thrusting going on in the lyrics".[18] In Stereogum, Chris DeVille commented that the song "has big lead-single energy" as it is "a convergence of two of the biggest stars in rap".[19]

Brianna Holt of Complex wrote, "Both Cardi and Megan are powerhouses of female sexuality, independence, and dominance," and deemed the song "the epitome of female empowerment", adding, "Art like 'WAP' could not be more valuable and necessary during a time when people are actively trying to unlearn their own biases and recognizing ways that they contribute to the neglect of Black women."[20] NBC journalist Susanne Ramírez de Arellano called the song "a joyful role reversal" and "the triumph of delicious filth", writing, "with rapid-fire flow and endlessly quotable one-liners, the two hip hop stars create a female sex-positive anthem as they trade lyrics and grab back the genre's sexual narratives from 'hard' male rappers". She added that "[it] is as honest and tasteful" as a song can get when it is about something like the explicitness of female pleasure and female desire, "that men still consider too vulgar for words".[21] For The Guardian, Dream McClinton wrote, "the hit collaboration between the two rappers has become a belated song of the summer, empowering women and enraging prudes along the way... [it] should be celebrated, not scolded".[22] In NPR, cultural critic Taylor Crumpton deemed both rappers "women leading the genre into [a] new era of unification between women rappers" with "an already iconic song about women sexuality". She praised the message, describing it as "if you need to come, step to me, you have to be able to fill my sexual needs, and these are what they are".[23]

In another article from Pitchfork, Jayson Greene said that it "has become the song of this bizarre summer—a ripe, split-open sex jam", deeming it "joyfully explicit", "glorious" and "full of graphic detail". Greene further added, "the song belongs to a generations-deep canon of explicit female performers who pushed societal boundaries and endured censure" with both rappers "helping us bridge the gap between our erotic imaginations and the world as it is right now". He also commented that "it is not pornographic: Pornography is a theater of types, but each line here is about individual expression and its attendant ownership... Pornography is depersonalized, but Cardi and Meg are exacting."[24]

Reaction from conservative figures

Ben Shapiro (pictured) was one of a number of conservative figures to criticize the song's lyrics.

James P. Bradley, a health industry executive who is running for a California congressional seat on the Republican ticket, said he heard the song "accidentally"; he wrote on Twitter, "Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure," adding that the song made him want to "pour holy water" in his ears.[25] His response was criticized across social media, with users questioning the validity of Bradley's supposedly "accidental" discovery of the song and finding his criticism of the rappers as role models for young women hypocritical due to his support of Donald Trump.[26][27] August Brown of the Los Angeles Times wrote that, contrary to Bradley's comments, Megan "did indeed have a strong father figure" and Cardi "is no stranger to faith".[25]

Another former Congressional candidate from California, DeAnna Lorraine, expressed similar distaste for the song, writing, "Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion just set the entire female gender back by 100 years with their disgusting & vile 'WAP' song," noting that Cardi received support from Democratic United States Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris. She also suggested that radio stations should avoid playing the song, whether censored or not.[21][28][29][30] Lorraine was criticized on social media for her statements, in part for claiming to encourage the empowerment of women while undermining a song performed by two women, which many users considered hypocritical.[31][27]

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro criticized the song's message, sarcastically stating, "This is what feminism fought for," in a video that includes him giving a plain reading of the song's lyrics, many of which he censors, for which he was widely mocked by social media users, as well as on Desus & Mero.[32][33][34][35] He also claimed on his Twitter account that his "only real concern" was Cardi and Megan's vaginal health after his wife called vaginal lubrication a health condition, which was directly debunked by prominent gynecologists including Daniel Grossman and Jen Gunter, and mocked as a "self-own" by social media users.[36][37][38][39] In her column for The New York Times, Gunter considered the song "an actual cultural reference, a public celebration, to use while talking with women".[40] A viral remix of Shapiro reading the lyrics was made by DJ iMarkKeyz, who had previously gained notoriety for his remix of Cardi's rant on COVID-19.[41][42][43][44] Reacting to Shapiro, Arwa Mahdawi in The Guardian opined, "There's something about women (black women to boot!) taking charge of their sexuality that drives conservatives up the wall" and said that he "doesn't seem particularly well acquainted with female anatomy".[45]

Conservative commentator Tucker Carlson criticized the song on his talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, saying that "it's aimed at young American girls—maybe your girls, your granddaughters and what is it doing to them? Can you imagine what it's doing to them?", adding, "the people pushing it clearly are trying to hurt your children".[46]

On her Twitter account, Cardi wrote, "I can't believe conservatives soo mad about WAP,"[30][47] and responded to an article stating that conservatives wanted the song banned by saying, "This is kinda iconic and I'm living for it."[48][49][50] For Rolling Stone, editor Charles Holmes wrote, "When the right wing gets mad about two women of color rapping about sex, it's not a coincidence...four days after its initial release, 'WAP' has transformed from a supremely enjoyable Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion song into a symbol of something different, yet equally interesting", adding "contrary to popular belief, Republicans aren't offended by the thought of sex...what they are furious about is the racial and economic make-up of who gets to enjoy and speak about sex".[51] Cassie Da Costa of The Daily Beast called Shapiro and Bradley's statements about the song "puritanical pearl-clutching", opining that they "constitute the kind of performative moral panics that are so baldly opportunistic as to render them banal".[52]

Other responses

Comedian Russell Brand posted a video to social media entitled "WAP: Feminist Masterpiece or Porn?", in which he discussed whether or not the song and accompanying video were truly empowering to women, asking whether women "achieve equality by aspiring to and replicating the values that have been established by males", calling the song "a sort of capitalist objectification and commodification of, in this case, the female.” He went on to compare the song's feminism to that of Margaret Thatcher, who he said was not a feminist as she was "extolling [and] espousing male values".[53][54] Brand received backlash for his comments online, and many social media users accused Brand of mansplaining feminism.[55][56][57] Writing for The Telegraph, Katie Glass called Brand a hypocrite for lecturing people on feminism in spite of being "a man who humiliated a woman who'd slept with him by taunting her grandfather about it on national radio...[and] who has joked about his sexual prowess," and for criticizing the video's supposed promotion of capitalism shortly after allegedly purchasing a $3 million mansion in Hollywood Hills and owning a £3.3 million home in Oxfordshire.[58]

In an interview for Far Out Magazine which came out two days after the release of "WAP", American singer CeeLo Green criticized Cardi and Megan for having adult content in their lyrics, saying, "Attention is also a drug...Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression...[but] it comes at what cost?” which many assumed was a direct reference to "WAP".[59][60][61] Many social media users and critics accused Green of sexism and hypocrisy due to Green's own use of "adult content" in his lyrics, as well as his 2014 tweets in which he claimed that rape cannot occur if the victim is unconscious.[62][63][64] Green later apologized for his comments via Instagram, writing that there was a "misunderstanding" regarding his quote, and going on to say that "as a fan" of the mentioned female rappers "I would never disrespect them all as powerful, beautiful, and influential women," also writing, "I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them for the inconvenience they have been caused due to a snippet of my interview being used as a headline."[65][66][67]

Music video

The song's video, directed by Colin Tilley, was released simultaneously with the song and uses the alternate clean version of the song.[68] It was shot in July 2020 in West Hollywood, California.[69] Cardi said that over $100,000 was spent getting COVID-19 testing for everyone on set.[70] Garnering over 26 million views in its first day, "WAP" broke the record for the biggest 24-hour debut for an all-female collaboration on YouTube.[20] It also set a record for biggest US debut on YouTube, accumulating 55 million views in one week in the region.[71]

A month before filming, Tilley and Cardi B had initial conversations about how the video would look like stylistically, with the director proposing a "trippy and fun" place that has "a little bit more innocence than the song has", saying in an interview that "when you see that kind of juxtaposition as far as the imagery versus what they're saying it really does kinda make it this really bizarre experience". Tilley stated that the concept for the set presents "a perfect balance of matching the elegance and how extravagant a mansion could really be, also adding those very surreal factors to it that made it its own personal world". Cardi proposed the idea of a snake-filled room and a leopard print room with matching wardrobe.[71]

Days after the video's release, Cardi created an OnlyFans account to share behind-the-scenes footage from the video, along with other exclusive non-explicit content.[72][16][73][74]

Synopsis

Cardi and Megan in the mansion rooms covered in animal print and Willy Wonka-esque design, respectively.[75][76]

The video shows Cardi and Megan walking through a colorful mansion, and showcases different rooms throughout it, with water dripping through different doorways.[9] Cardi and Megan open the video in the mansion hallway, wearing custom Nicolas Jebran dresses, with long trains, opera gloves, and matching updos. During Cardi's first verse they also appear in a snake-filled room. For this transition, the door knocker comes alive as a snake and eats the camera.[71] The next scene shows both rappers in a green and purple room wearing Thierry Mugler outfits, composed of a corset bodice, mesh tights and sleeves, with Megan performing her first verse. For her second verse, Cardi B appears in a leopard-themed room, wearing a matching long-sleeved bodysuit with cut-outs in the front, also by Mugler, with leopards surrounding her. Megan appears in a white tiger-themed bathroom with white tigers around her in a black-and-white garment. The pool scene includes a dance routine choreographed by JaQuel Knight and performed by both artists.[77][4][78][75][79] The video also includes cameos from Kylie Jenner, Normani, Rosalía, Mulatto, Rubi Rose, and Sukihana.[3]

Critical reception

Writing for Billboard, Trevor Anderson commented that "[the] widely viewed music video transformed from just a promotional clip into a pop-culture phenomenon".[80] Claire Shaffer and Althea Legaspi of Rolling Stone called the video "steamy" and "sensual".[77] Chris Murphy of Vulture described the video as "very Dr. Seuss, but make it NSFW in a fun way".[4] In Complex, Brianna Holt commented, "during a time when Black women have taken to social media to advocate for their protection and support, while basking in their blackness, the music video couldn't be more timely." She described the set as "a mansion full of women who are demonstrative of their sexual prowess, with unmatched confidence".[20] Writing for The Guardian, Dream McClinton deemed the video "unapologetic in celebrating the sensuality and sexuality of women," adding, "it isn't shy or coy, it's about the loud articulation of female desire for sex, as they want it, and it centres them as active participants with agency".[22]

Alyssa Rosenberg of The Washington Post described the video as "an ode to female sexual pleasure" that is among the most sexually explicit content she has ever seen in mainstream American popular culture, and opined that in a "weird year" like 2020 "a culture-war clash feels refreshingly normal". She felt that outraged conservatives that "attack raunchy or violent pop culture always" promote an idea that "culture should be smaller rather than more expansive" and further added, "honestly, we could use more culture that isn't appropriate for everyone".[81] In The Boston Globe, Ty Burr criticized "[the] outraged commentators who feel that it's too sexual, too vulgar, too too TOO... where have they been for the past 70 years? Vulgar sexuality is a hallowed aspect of American popular culture and has been even before Elvis Presley dry-humped the microphone stand on The Milton Berle Show in 1956. You could argue that ecstatic, unashamed lubriciousness—sexual frankness—has been America's primary contribution to world culture for reasons entwined in this country's very DNA". Burr argued that the same adults "who are up in arms over Cardi B on YouTube today" celebrated sexually-charged music videos on MTV 30 years ago, "do our cultural arteries harden as we have our own children and forget the youthful yearning to be free?" He further added that the reason why "the rococo visual matters" is that it shows what it looks like "when a woman of color takes charge, which is still taboo in many corners of this country". Burr also opined on how pleasure is perceived, writing "it's the video's in-your-face outrageousness that bothers a lot of people and ties it into the split personality that has characterized American popular culture ever since its founding as a slave-owning society hundreds of years ago... The things you repress in your head will come back to bite you on the ass—that's the history of culture in America".[82]

Writing for Pitchfork, Eric Torres considered it the best music video released in August 2020, writing that it is "easily one of the best of the year", also deeming it "a vibrant display of self-empowerment that could only come from two of rap's most brazenly sex-positive voices".[83]

Other responses

Fan reactions to Kylie Jenner's cameo in the video were markedly negative.[84][85][86] Many social media users expressed displeasure with her appearance in a video whose cast mainly consisted of Black women, especially considering her history of alleged cultural appropriation.[87][88] A petition on Change.org which aimed to remove Jenner from the video received over 65,000 signatures, while a number of Twitter users suggested replacing Jenner with Betty White.[89][90][91]

Cardi later tweeted, explaining that she put Jenner in the video because Jenner (and her ex-partner Travis Scott) were close friends of herself and Offset, further stating that the use of a white woman in the video is not intended to be about race.[92][93][94] Patientce Foster, the video's co-creative director, said that Cardi proposed the idea of "a house full of powerful women" without exclusions.[95]

Tiger King star and Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin spoke out against the use of wildcats in the video. In a statement for Billboard, she said, "It glamorizes the idea of rich people having tigers as pets. That makes every ignorant follower want to imitate by doing the same," adding that, based on the posing of the cats, "They probably dealt with one of the big cat pimps, who makes a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio."[96][97][98] Cardi responded in an interview with Vice, saying "I'm not gonna engage with Carole Baskin on that", continuing "Like, that's just ridiculous you know? Oh, Lord. Like, girl you killed your goddamn husband."[99] Representatives from PETA similarly took issue with the use of big cats in the video, saying in another statement to Billboard, "if real animals were used instead of computer-generated imagery, the message sent is that animal exploitation is Okurrr—and it isn't. If Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion really care about pussy liberation, they wouldn't use suffering big cats as props."[100][101]

Commercial performance

North America

The song debuted at number one on United States Spotify songs chart with over 2.34 million streams, becoming the first female rap collaboration to do so.[102] "WAP" also debuted at number one on the US Apple Music songs chart—the platform's highest ever debut by a female artist—extending Cardi B's record as the female artist with the most chart-toppers in the service (7).[103]

"WAP" debuted at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, garnering Cardi B her fourth chart-topper in the US, extending her record as the female rapper with the most number-one singles, and marked Megan's second number-one single. The song was driven by 93 million streams, 125,000 downloads and 11.6 million radio airplay impressions. Multiple autographed physical/digital combinations on Cardi B's webstore contributed to the sales figure in the tracking week. As the song topped the Billboard Digital Song Sales and Streaming Songs charts, it became Cardi's third chart-topper on the latter and fourth on the former, and Megan's second on both. The 93 million streaming total became the largest first-week streams for a song in Billboard history, besting the previous record held by Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" (85.3 million), and earned the most weekly streams for a song in 2020, surpassing the 77.2 million total of Roddy Ricch's "The Box". "WAP" also generated the most weekly on-demand US audio streams among songs by female artists, with 54.7 million streams, again surpassing "7 Rings", and earned the largest sales week for a song since Taylor Swift's "Me!" featuring Brendon Urie (193,000 copies). "WAP" further reached number-one on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, marking Cardi's fifth number-one entry on the former and fourth on the latter, and Megan's second on both.[104] Cardi B also became the first female rapper to achieve Hot 100 number one singles in two different decades (2010s and 2020s), while the song became the first female rap collaboration to debut in the top position.[103] "WAP" became the 23rd number-one song to achieve at least twice the weekly Hot 100 points of the runner-up title, which was "Rockstar" by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch that week, with Billboard calling it "one of the most dominant Hot 100 number ones of the last 30 years".[80] "WAP" was certified gold by the RIAA seven days after its release.

"WAP" became the first song to spend its first two weeks at number one on the Hot 100 since Grande's "7 Rings". In between those chart-toppers, eight songs debuted at number one, each spending a single week at the summit. Of the 42 songs that have entered the chart at number one since the Hot 100 started in 1958, 19 including "WAP" remained on top in their second weeks. "WAP" also became the first song among female artists to lead the Hot 100 for multiple weeks since Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" topped for three weeks in December 2019–January 2020.[105] For the chart issue dated September 19, "WAP" achieved a third non-consecutive week atop the chart, tying "Bodak Yellow" as Cardi B's longest-running number one single as a lead artist on the Hot 100.[106]

"WAP" also debuted at number one on the Rolling Stone Top 100 chart, where it has spent four non-consecutive weeks atop.[107]

"WAP" debuted at number one on the Canadian Hot 100, becoming Cardi B's second chart-topper and Megan's first. It has spent four non-consecutive weeks atop the chart.[108]

In The New York Times, Ben Sisario commented that it "is almost certainly the most explicit song ever to reach the top",[109] while Neil Shah of The Wall Street Journal deemed it "a big moment for female rappers" and "a historic sign that women artists are making their mark on hip-hop like never before".[110]

Europe and Oceania

In Australia, "WAP" became the third female hip hop song to reach number one on the ARIA Charts, and the first since 1992.[111] It has spent four weeks at number one, tying with Salt-N-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex" for the most weeks atop the chart for a female-lead hip hop song.[112] In the United Kingdom, "WAP" debuted at number four on the week dated 14 August 2020. It reached number one in its fourth week on the chart, becoming both Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's first chart-topper in the country, as well as the first female rap collaboration to top the UK Singles Chart.[113][114] It has spent two weeks atop the chart.[115] It also became the first number one single for both artists on the Irish Singles Chart, where it has spent three weeks atop.[116] "WAP" debuted at number two on the Official New Zealand Music Chart, reaching number one the following week, becoming Cardi B's second chart-topper and Megan's first. It has remained atop the chart for four weeks in the country.[117]

Worldwide

The song debuted at number six on global Spotify 3.75 million streams. Shortly after, "WAP" topped the global Spotify chart, making Cardi B the only female rapper to top the chart multiple times—following her collaboration with DJ Snake "Taki Taki",[103] and becoming the first female rap collaboration to do so.[102] It also became the fastest song by a female artist to reach number one on global Apple Music.[103] The music video broke the record for the most views within 24 hours for a female collaboration, with over 26.5 million views.[20] Cardi B was ranked at number one on Bloomberg's August 2020 Pop Star Power Ranking due to the success of "WAP".[118]

During the first week of Billboard's Global 200 chart, which tracks the most streamed and digitally sold songs in over 200 territories, and their Global Excl. U.S. chart, which tracks the same metrics outside of the United States, "WAP" debuted at number one on the Global 200 chart, with 100.9 million global streams and 23,000 global downloads, making it the first number-one on the chart, and at number three on the Global Excl. U.S. Chart during the charts inaugural week of September 4, 2020.[119][120]

Live performances

"WAP" was first performed by Megan Thee Stallion, airing via a Tidal Live performance on August 29, 2020.[121]

Cover versions

On August 10, rapper Safaree released a "refix" of the song called "B.A.D" (an acronym for Big Ass Dick). The cover art features Cardi and Megan on both ends, with a woman (assumed to be his wife Erica Mena) performing simulated oral sex on him in the center. In it, he brags about the size of his penis while also referencing his leaked nudes from February 2018.[122] Cardi herself reacted to the remix via Twitter, writing "Omgggggg @IAMSAFAREE you are too naughty".[123] The remix was widely panned by fans on social media.[124] Many found the remix to be poorly-timed, considering how soon after the song's original release it came.[125] The same day, dancehall singer Vybz Kartel released a freestyle remix while in prison, which was met with enthusiasm from Cardi.[126]

Rapper Plies teased a "P-Mix" to the song on August 13, which he released on August 14.[127] His remix was met with positive reception.[128][129] Country singer Margo Price performed a "mellow"[130] acoustic rendition of "WAP" on August 14, 2020 on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, as part of a segment on double standards about sex in music.[131][132][133] Rolling Stone's Claire Shaffer said of the cover, "Price puts her genuine all into the song, and it comes out sounding like a legitimate country ode to 'wet ass pussy.'"[134] Also on August 14, rapper Queen Key released a remix to the song entitled "BAP" (an acronym for "Blessed Ass Pussy") along with a music video directed by Lawrence Mahone.[135] Lounge singer Richard Cheese released an uncensored lounge version of "WAP" as a single on August 19, 2020. Also that day, rapper R.A. the Rugged Man released a remix entitled "Wet Ass P-Word".[136] Rapper Qveen Herby released a cover version of the song as a promotional single on August 20.[137] A remix set to the 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera's main theme was posted to TikTok, where Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical's composer, posted a video playing the piano to it.[138][139][140] Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro performed a cover of the song for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on September 3, 2020.[141]

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for "WAP"
Year Organization Award Result Ref.
2020 MTV Video Music Awards Song of Summer Nominated [142]

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.[143]

Charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[144] 17
Australia (ARIA)[145] 1
Australia Urban (ARIA)[146] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[147] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[148] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[149] 41
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[150] 1
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[151] 10
Denmark (Tracklisten)[152] 7
Estonia (Eesti Ekspress)[153] 2
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[154] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[155] 4
France (SNEP)[156] 35
Germany (Official German Charts)[157] 12
Global 200 (Billboard)[158] 1
Global Excl. US (Billboard)[159] 3
Greece (IFPI)[160] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40)[161] 23
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[162] 2
Iceland (Tonlist)[163] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[164] 1
Italy (FIMI)[165] 34
Japan Hot Overseas (Billboard)[166] 10
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[167] 7
Lithuania (AGATA)[168] 2
Malaysia (RIM)[169] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[170] 18
Netherlands (Tipparade)[171] 3
New Zealand (RMNZ)[172] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[173] 2
Portugal (AFP)[174] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[175] 8
Singapore (RIAS)[176] 5
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[177] 5
South Korea (Gaon)[178] 136
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[179] 63
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[180] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[181] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[182] 1
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[183] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[184] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[185] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[186] 5
US Rolling Stone Top 100[187] 1

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[188] Gold 20,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[189] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[190] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[191] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[192] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

Release dates and formats for "WAP"
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various August 6, 2020 Warner [193][194]
August 7, 2020 Atlantic [195]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Warner [196]

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