Normani’s Cardi B-assisted new single “Wild Side” is one of the raunchiest tracks of 2021, so, it makes sense that the singer would be somewhat hesitant to play the song for a family member.
Speaking with Apple Music for an interview clip that premiered on Tuesday (Aug. 3), Normani breaks down some of that anxiety, admitting that she was actually afraid to play the song for her father, even if he’s listened to all of her previous tunes.
“I was so terrified to play this song for my dad,” Normani tells Ebro Darden in the new interview. “He kept asking to hear the record because everyone else heard it but he didn’t hear it.”
While her dad, a person she says listens to her songs when working night shifts, continued asking to hear the song, Normani couldn’t find the nerve to play it for him. Eventually Normani’s mother played him the track and Normani’s pops apparently liked what he heard on the song.
“He was like ‘That shit is hard,’ he’s like ‘That shit is fire’ and he told me all the time, every single day, I kid you not: he’s like ‘Are you ready to take over the world? Are you ready to take over the world?’” reveals the Atlanta artist. “He loves the song, he loves the record.”
Normani’s dad isn’t the only fan of “Wild Side,” an infectious slap that’s made waves since it was released a couple of weeks ago. The track, which peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, features verses imbued with memorable raunch. Its video has gotten 26 million YouTube views since it hit the web. It’s doing numbers, and it looks like it’s got some staying power.
Watch Normani break down her feelings about having her dad listen to “Wild Side” for yourself below.