We survived Madonna masturbating live at the VMA awards in 1984, we survived Prince doing the same just about every time he performed, and we survived George Michael express his desire for sex, we will survive WAP by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.
The song has been heralded as the epitome of female empowerment, and maybe being vulgar and exploiting yourself is – in today’s culture. I can’t make heads or tails of most of the songs on the radio these days. Between auto-tune, the least clever or interesting lyrics ever and music not performed by musicians – today’s music leaves me clicking on the oldies station every time.
Thankfully, the oldies stations are filled with songs from women who really were empowered.
The lyrics to WAP are supposed to be shocking and I suppose they’re a reflection of the trophy generation. There’s nothing left to the imagination. There are no clever lyrics, double entendres or cryptic descriptions to pour over with your friends while trying to figure out what they are really saying. It’s all laid out there – spoon fed to the listener.
I came of age in the 80’s. If my mind wasn’t being poisoned by the likes of Poison, I was being led directly to hell by KISS and Judas Priest. At least that’s what the parents of my generation believed when they heard these songs on the radio. You won’t hear this song on the radio, at least not the official version of it. If it gets much airplay (and it’s not a catchy song, so probably not) you’ll hear a watered down and clean version of it, which only reveals it as at the lazy, click bait of a song that it is.
It’s great marketing, it just leaves me dry as art concerned.
Kids need to rebel against their parents, and listening to music with racy lyrics has always been a great way to do just that. So act horrified at this song and hope that one day you can expose them to real empowering music like that by Janet Jackson – Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty.