How Did Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ Win Song of the Year

Cardi B’s WAP has seen monumental success in the music industry. Here is how the song managed to win so many hearts.

When the song WAP dropped in 2020, the spicy lyrics and an even spicier music video instantly caused controversy. But despite multiple media outlets calling the song crude and highly inappropriate, the song has continued its rise to fame. Many people are confused about how two female rappers who are relatively new to the industry have managed to garner so much success since the song debuted at number 1 on the billboard hot 100.

While the rise of female rappers shouldn’t be such a surprise since Nikki Minaj has managed to achieve similar feats, for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, the success of this song was a surprise. And the song launched as Cardi’s 4th leader on the list and Megan’s 2nd. So, what exactly made the song so appealing to the public? Let’s look at some of the reasons.

Unabashedly Sexual

Women, often black women in rap, are looked down upon for speaking about sexual liberation and celebrating their bodies. While the same kinds of themes, when produced by white artists or men, are considered natural and are even appreciated. When Nikki Minaj first came to the scene, she was heavily criticized for this very thing, but she stood her ground and paved the way for other black female artists in the industry, just like Cardi B herself.

Anthem Of Female Empowerment

The song is often criticized for being overtly sexual. Still, as previously discussed, men have followed similar themes in their music for decades, and just because a woman is reclaiming her body and sexualizing herself, she is considered too much. Perhaps this is why most women consider it an anthem of female empowerment. The track resonates so deeply with the audience because both the women normalize female sexuality and arousal, which women have been told to suppress. After all, it is “unnatural.”

TikTok Trends

Another thing that shot the song to stardom is TikTok trends because the song has been highly successful on the platform. Millions of users on the app have been dancing along to the track, so its popularity shouldn’t be such a surprise.

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