Although Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B released their song "WAP" on Friday, the lyrics are still causing a frenzy among fans and critics. The song samples Frank Ski's "Whores in This House," and the two rappers embrace their sexuality, leading many people to expose their misogynistic opinions and double standards for women.
Black Father says Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Wap’ Sets a Bad Example For Young Women pic.twitter.com/biJP7huoeO
— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) August 10, 2020
Despite the song being released at the beginning of a new decade, the sexually empowering lyrics are nothing new under this sun.
If you happen to be among the forgetful, here are a few songs to kick start your memory.
Lil' Kim's "Big Momma Thang"
We all know what goes down after we hear "You got it going on, what."
Lil' Kim claimed her role as "Big Momma" in the song "Big Momma Thang" while rapping about her evolution in the bedroom — from being timid to handling it "like a real b***h."
In the song, Kim raps about teaching her sexual partner how to please her, which should serve as a lesson to all women that your wants and fantasies matter too.
Trina's "Look Back At Me"
In Trina's "Look Back At Me," the Miami native throws the idea of submission out the door and gets direct about what exactly she wants.
If there's any woman in need of a push to get crafty with her sexual s**t-talking, then this song certainly won't disappoint.
Trina's song breaks the stereotype that femininity should equate to boredom in the bedroom when, actually, women deserve to get theirs just as much as men do.
Foxy Brown's "Ill Na Na"
Every woman deserves to be reminded of what she's working with. With lyrics like "Who's got the illest p***y on the planet," Foxy gave the ladies something to boast to their man about.
The song also serves as a classic to jam out to with our girls and remind us that it's our time to shine.
Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me"
Whoever said a woman can't be a lady in the streets and a freak in the bed was proven wrong with the 90s classic "Freak Like Me."
Adina sings "I want a freak in the morning, a freak in the evening. Just like me," indicating the importance that being equally yoked isn't limited to just platonic relationships.
Khia's "My Neck, My Back"
Khia came at her fellow ladies with nothing but commands on the classic track, "My Neck, My Back."
For the timid, the song emphasized the importance of explicit communication because reliance on sexual telepathy ain't the wave.
Janet Jackson's "Moist"
Janet isn't asking us to call her "Ms. Jackson" for nothing. Similarly to "WAP," the artist sings about the moistness of her lady parts.
Let this be a reminder that if Ms. Jackson herself can sing about her sugar bowl, so can Megan and Cardi.
And Black women aren't the only ones with explicit lyrics — they just happen to be the ones who receive the most castigation for it. White singers like Madonna, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga have also explored sexuality in their songs.
Madonna, who has a number of promiscuous songs in her discography, sings about being "soaking wet" and going "back and forth 'til we break the bed" in the song "S.E.X."
In Aguilera's song "Whoohoo," she tells her sexual partner to leave his plate at home and bring just his face for their exploration of oral sex. And Lady Gaga boasts about masturbation in her song "Sexxx Dreams."
Not to mention, men have long been rapping about sex without any significant scrutiny from their peers.
Songs like Ludacris' "Fantasy," Cam'ron and Lil Wayne's "Touch It Or Not" and Three 6 Mafia's "Slob On My Knob" are notorious for their sexual lyrics, yet the artists haven't received nearly as much backlash for expressing their wants.
Women are entitled to the freedom to embrace their sexuality and speak candidly on their sexual pleasure just as much as men. Although some people seem to think "WAP" is the first time a woman has rapped about her sexual experiences, it's not — and it certainly won't be the last.