Snoop Dogg might have had some controversial lyrics and songs in his past, but the rapper is opening up about what he thinks regarding one of the biggest songs of the year—Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion’s “WAP.” The song has been lauded for its sexually charged lyrics and its open expression of women’s sexuality, and it became a liberating anthem for young women this year.
The hitmaker appeared on Central Ave for an interview with Julissa Bermudez on Thursday (Dec. 10) and they spoke about the chart-topping track and the current wave of feminism in hip hop. “Oh my God. Slow down. Like, slow down. And let’s have some imagination,” Snoop said of the song lyrics. “Let’s have some, you know, privacy, some intimacy where he wants to find out as opposed to you telling him.”
“To me, it’s like, it’s too fashionable when that is secrecy, that should be a woman’s…that’s like your pride and possession,” he continued. “That’s your jewel of the Nile. That’s what you should hold onto. That should be a possession that no one gets to know about until they know about it.”
Snoop, who has a 21-year-old daughter, talked about speaking with her about the song. “My daughter is from a different era, though,” the rapper shared. “She’s from this era. She may be doing the ‘WAP’ or, you know what I’m saying, a part of the ‘WAP,’ but I can’t be mad at her ’cause it’s her generation, you know what I’m saying? But, at the same time, the things that I would rather see, you know, ’cause I’m an older man.”
The California-native shared that he may have viewed the track differently when he was younger. “When I was young, 21 or 22, I may have been with the movement, I probably would have been on the remix,” Snoop said. “But as an older man, it’s like, I love it that they’re expressing themselves and doing their thing, I just don’t want it that fashionable to where young girls feel like they can express themselves like that without even knowing that that is a jewel that they hold onto until the right person comes around.”
Snoop joins other famous men, including CeeLo Green and politicians, who have criticized the artists for the raunchy and provocative lyrics they use in their songs. Regardless of the critics, the song went No. 1 on the Billboard charts and also broke a streaming record in its first week of release.