This wasn’t the first time in 2020 that Cardi had to face a wall of hate for sharing her music, her voice, and her viewpoint. Similarly, when "WAP" dropped earlier this year – a song that many are calling a feminist proclamation about women’s sexuality and taking ownership of one’s body – conservative pundits across the board couldn’t understand it. A woman? Talking about sex?! Everybody lose ya dang miiiiinnnnds!
Cardi talks about all of that in the Billboard profile that will hit the newsstands on December 5th (but is available to read online right now). As she tells it, "WAP," her music, her personality, her political beliefs, and even how she raises her daughter Kulture, is all just a way to express her belief in goodness.
“I want to show people that you can do positive things, but you can also be yourself,” she says in the no-holds-barred interview. “I like justice. I like to work and be creative. But I also like popping my p***y.”
She later added, “I want to show people that you can do positive things, but you can also be yourself. I’m a very sexual person. I love sex, and I like to rap about it. I like to do it. I admire my husband’s penis. I love p***y, and I love my body, and I want to be able to express that. I’m just a naughty girl, and I’m not hurting nobody because I love my p***y and want to rap about it.”
In addressing the controversy of "WAP" on which she collab’d with rapper Megan Thee Stallion, she says all of that air time the conservatives gave her is what helped propel the song forward.
“I just feel like it was such a big victory for me and for Megan. I’m so used to listening to raunchy female rap music since I was a little girl — Trina, Khia, Lil’ Kim, Jacki-O, Foxy [Brown]. ‘WAP,’ to me, was just a regular raunchy female rap song, but it caused so much controversy,” she explains. “So many Republicans — not just any Republicans that got an Instagram following, but a lot of Republicans that got blue checks [on Twitter] and millions of followers, [like Ben] Shapiro, Candace Owens, Tomi Lahren — were talking so much crap about ‘WAP.’ So it was just a victory for me seeing people celebrating Biden’s win with my and Megan’s song. Power of the p***y, ya heard?!”
Megan definitely agrees with her. In a recent video segment for GQ, Megan said she didn’t understand why mostly conservative white men were so upset about women talking about their bodies in a healthy, sexual way. “Why does me having a WAP offend you? One year, it was bad to have a dry A-P. So now y’all mad because we got wet ones? Y’all men gotta make up y’all mind,” she laughed.
This loud-and-proud mouthiness about who she is and what she wants to contribute to the world is definitely something she wants to rub off on her two-year-old daughter Kulture whom she shares with Migos rapper Offset. But she does admit in the interview that Kulture will have a very different (read: privileged) upbringing because her parents are affluent, whereas Cardi grew up in a very different environment. That, she says, motivates her to educate her daughter about the world around her.
“I want her to grow up knowing how the world really is,” she explains. “My daughter came out of my p***y rich. She lives a different lifestyle than I lived. This girl gets in a pool every single day; I can’t swim because I barely went to the pool. There was only one community pool where I’m from.”
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“My kid is really sassy — I can tell she’s gonna be a personality,” Cardi continues. “I always want her to know that she’s beautiful. She knows what type of person I am, and when she gets older, clearly she’s gonna hear me expressing myself because we live in the same damn house. I just want her to know: I might be a little crazy, but I have a good heart and I love her. I want her to be confident always. Don’t let one comment break you and make you feel like you’re not that girl. You that girl.”
Speaking on the politics that come with being Black in America, and the BLM defund-the-police movement, she adds, “Even me with her dad [rapper Offset], we have had really bad experiences with police, and we’re rich and famous. I want her to know that you’re not going to be an exception. I want her to have compassion. I don’t want her to ever have the mentality of, ‘This doesn’t apply to me.’”
When it comes to political movements and activism, Cardi addresses that as well in the profile. Having endorsed Joe Biden for the US Presidential election, she even had a chat with him before the big day to get the word out to her millions of social media followers. Previously, she had endorsed Bernie Sanders for the Democratic ticket, so politics is clearly part of not only her brand, but her mind.
“I endorsed Joe Biden, but if I feel like Joe Biden is doing something wrong, I’m not going to stand by. I’m nobody’s lap dog. I would probably call him myself and be like, ‘Yo, you need to fix it,’” she frankly said. “A lot of these Trump supporters don’t understand why people say, ‘Black lives matter.’ People didn’t go looting because Trump was president — they went looting because there’s a lot of Black men getting killed unjustly.”
When it comes to being outspoken, blunt, forthright, and honest, Cardi definitely has that in spades, which is why the Billboard honour perfectly fits her, whether you see her as a role model or not.“
Am I a role model? I know I’m a role model because I know there’s a lot of women like me. At the end of the day, I know I’m a b***h that made it through because I work my ass off, not because luck fell on my thighs.”
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