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Here’s why Cardi B doesn’t let her daughter listen to ‘WAP’

The rapper has responded to criticism for turning the track off when Kulture walks in the room

It’s safe to say that Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” was one of the defining tracks of 2020. Appropriate, then, that Cardi rounded out the year by singing along to the song in an Instagram video, until her daughter, Kulture, popped up in the background.

Now, the rapper has responded to criticism focused on the video – not because she’s freaking men out or triggering conservatives, but because she turned the music off when Kulture came in.

Specifically, Cardi has responded to a tweet that reads: “So ya daughter cant listen to it but everybody else’s daughter can? Exactly what I been saying you have an agenda to push with that trash ass label your with.”

“Ya needs to stop with this already!” she writes in her reply. “I’m not jojosiwa! I don’t make music for kids I make music for adults. Parents are responsible (for) what their children listen to or see. I’m a very sexual person but not around my child just like every other parent should be.”

“There’s moms who are strippers,” she adds. “Pop pussy, twerk all night for entertainment does that mean they do it around their kids? No! Stop makin this a debate. It’s pretty much common sense.”

Since its release in August last year, “WAP” has drawn in critics ranging from Tiger King’s Carole Baskin, to conservative politicians, to Russell Brand, who offered his hot take on whether the track is a “feminist masterpiece”. 

Despite (or because of) all the controversy, the song earned a spot on Dazed’s top tracks of 2020 and a shoutout from Debbie Harry, who suggested it has a place in the rule-breaking history of rock’n’roll in a recent interview with Dazed.