The song, which features Megan Thee Stallion, has divided listeners since it was first released on 7 August, with conservative critics, such as Ben Shapiro, condemning the track for its explicit lyrics. Others praised it for its expression of female sexuality.
Appearing on Australian radio show The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Cardi, 27, denied claims that the song was too sexual, saying: “The people that the song bothers are usually conservatives or really religious people, but my thing is I grew up listening to this type of music.
“Other people might think it’s strange and vulgar, but to me it’s almost like really normal, you know what I’m saying,” she said.
Cardi, who has a two-year-old child with husband Offset, admitted that she wouldn’t let her daughter Kulture listen to the song, but clarified that it clearly wasn’t made with her in mind.
“No, of course I don’t want my child to listen to this song and everything,” the rapper said, adding: “It’s for adults.”
One artist to criticise “WAP” was CeeLo Green, who said that there should be “a time and a place for adult content” as he accused Cardi and Megan of “salacious gesturing” in the video.
“I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression,” Green said. “I get it all, [but] it comes at what cost?”
He later apologised “wholeheartedly” for his comments, while sending “much love to all the female artists who are running the game and handling their businesses”.
“WAP” is currently the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.