Although the WAP music video was a superhit and was trending for a long time, it didn’t happen without a cost. Health was a priority before shooting the very steamy music video.
Cardi B revealed in an interview with i-D on Thursday that it was essential for everyone to be tested for Covid-19. She explained that it was weird to shoot during corona. The rapper said they had to spend $100,000 just on testing. She confirmed that everybody had to get tested for the virus.
Explaining further, Cardi said the pandemic also affected how the animals were included for the video. She said they had a tiger and a leopard there but they did not film with them because of safety and the coronavirus. The rapper said. “We spliced those scenes together.”
However, there was one scene where they had to film with the animals in the room. Cardi claimed it to be one of the hardest things to film. She said she had to film with a snake and it was the scariest part. The rapper continued that she was naked and one of them peed on her.
Cardi Addresses Controversies Surrounding The Song
WAP music as well as the video was full of controversies. Cardi addressed the controversy surrounding the raunchy lyrics. She said she was surprised that it was so controversial. The rapper said she knew it was going to have a big impact because of her and Megan. However, she said she did not know it was going to be so controversial. Cardi said, “I never expected that you know, conservatives and Republicans were going to be talking about the song.”
She admitted that she did not think the song was as vulgar as they said it was. The rapper added, “Like, I’m so used to it. I’m such a freak that I didn’t think it would be a big deal. I didn’t think people would think it was so out of this world …”
However, Cardi says she does not mind criticism as it brings more attention to the song. She said it does not make her angry rather it makes her happy. The ‘I Like It’ rapper added as the critics talk more about it the number keeps going up. She said, “At the end of the day, whatever they’re saying, the numbers speak for themselves.”
Other Controversies Surrounding WAP Music Video
The WAP music video has also slammed for its big cat imagery and celebrity cameos as well as it’s NSFW lyrics. Carole Baskin, Tiger King star said that the video sends a horrible message and it is harmful to the future of big cats. Cardi clapped back referencing the allegations that were made against her on Netflix docuseries Tiger King by zoo owner Joe Exotic. The rapper said it is ridiculous and clapped back saying she killed her husband.
Meanwhile, fans were upset about the way Kylie Jenner and Normani were featured in the video. When Kylie enters the video, the music stops while Normani is seen dancing on the beats. Fans were so upset that they even made a petition to have Kylie removed from the video.
The rapper responded to the controversy saying Normani is one of the best female artists that dances. She asked her fans why will she open a door if she is a dancer. Cardi said, “Please tell me how that would make sense? The best part of the song is the beat & hook it what makes you want to shake your ass.”
She added, “Why did I put Kylie on my music video? She treated my sister [Hennessy] and daughter [Kulture] so lovely at her kid [Stormi’s] bday party.”