On the heels of Taylor and Beyoncé’s summer drops, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are arriving to salvage hot girl season. On Sunday night, Cardi rescued fans from their seasonal scaries by teasing new music. “I’ve got an announcement to make tomorrow,” she revealed in a mysterious Twitter video, which I’ve watched about 12 times. The following day, Cardi did not disappoint: declaring that she and Megan Thee Stallion would be releasing their first collaboration, a track called “WAP,” this Friday. “Single droppin this Friday! WAP feat. @theestallion #Wap,” she wrote alongside a photo of the duo, sporting sky-high intertwined updos, matching WAP hoops, and extended tongues.
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This is Megan’s second high-profile collaboration of 2020. In late April, she released the remix of “Savage” featuring Beyoncé, which became the rapper’s first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The debut of “WAP” will fall nearly a year to the day after Megan dropped her official “Hot Girl Summer” anthem with Nicki Minaj.
It will also be a reclamation of power for Megan, who underwent surgery after being shot multiple times while at a July 15 function attended by rapper Tory Lanez. Two days after the incident, Megan detailed the start of her recovery on Twitter, writing, “Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own. It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized.”
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“WAP” will be the first major musical release for Cardi B since entering quarantine. The rapper has recently made headlines for her political influence during the pandemic, donating $1,000 hourly to families in need via her Fashion Nova partnership and holding public officials accountable for spreading misinformation. Cardi also inspired a viral musical hit with the phrase, “Coronavirus! Coronavirus! I’m telling you, shit is real! Shit is gettin’ real!” Come Friday, she and Megan Thee Stallion are poised to have the hit song of staying home once more.
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