When two rap powerhouses like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion collab on a song, it’s bound to get people talking. And the buzz surrounding their “WAP” song has not disappointed. The track dropped in August 2020 and has since been praised for its feminist message and female empowerment, and even caused some controversy because of the use of certain lyrics.
Taking cues from iconic sex-positive rappers like Trina and Lil Kim, the pair own their sexuality in a track that features plenty of sexual innuendo. They describe how they want men to please them, highlighting their luscious curves. The duo even uses euphemism to convey their sexy desires, comparing themselves to apples and cakes with phrases like “bring a bucket and a mop” and “I let him taste it, now he’s diabetic.”
However, the fact that these women are referring to themselves as fruit and cake doesn’t necessarily mean they’re objectifying themselves. Rather, they’re using metaphors as a form of sexy language to show that their boobs are as sweet as cake or cookies. It’s a type of poetic license known as simile, and it can also be seen in the lyrics for many other rappers, including Normani, Rosalia, and Kylie Jenner.
Regardless of the meaning behind the song, it’s undeniable that it’s one of the biggest hits of 2021 and has inspired countless viral challenges and TikTok trends. And despite its explicit nature, the song continues to break barriers and shatter gender norms by placing women in the driver’s seat when it comes to sexual conquests.