wap [ wop ]
What does WAP mean?
WAP is a slang acronym that stands for wet-ass pussy. The acronym was created and popularized by hip-hop artist Cardi B in her hit August 2020 single “WAP.”
Where does WAP come from?
Cardi B’s single and music video “WAP” was released on Friday, August 7, 2020. The song—a collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, who made the phrase hot girl summer go viral in summer 2019—is an explicit anthem to female sexual desirability.
“WAP” became an instant sensation and topic of popular conversation. Many fans and music critics praised “WAP” for its Black female sexual power, although its explicit content was certainly not without objectors. The video was also criticized for glamorizing tigers as pets and including Kylie Jenner, a white reality TV star and influencer among the primarily Black female artists that cameo in the video.
Pussy is a vulgar slang word for women’s genitalia. Wet-ass means “extremely wet,” with wet here referring to female sexual excitement. WAP was entered on Urban Dictionary on August 6, 2020, the day before the song dropped, after Cardi B teased the release in interview during which she explained WAP stood for wet-ass pussy.
Interestingly, wap has been recorded as slang for “having sex” since the mid 1550s, although evidence of its use dropped off in the early 1900s. This wap may be based on whop, “to strike forcibly”; indeed, the spelling wap remains a variant of whop today.
On one chorus of the song, Cardi B raps: “I’m talkin’ wap, wap, wap, that’s some wet-ass pussy.” The clean version of “WAP” for radio and the video censors wet-ass pussy for wet and gushy, which some have wryly noted sounds even more graphic.
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Examples of WAP
Who uses WAP?
Naturally, WAP is largely used in reference to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song and music video. However, there is some initial evidence that the acronym is spreading, using WAP to refer to women’s desirability, worth, and empowerment more generally.
— billboard (@billboard) August 8, 2020
Shoutout to the women who’re out there getting to it. Nothing like a woman with WAP and a bag. I hope you have an amazing day.
— B. Sade (@BrittaniSade) August 10, 2020
People have suggested alternative meanings for the acronym WAP, such as worship and praise, which may well be in use in contexts other than Cardi B’s “WAP.” It’s clear, however, based on the song and Cardi B’s own explanations, that WAP concerns wet-ass pussy.
Cardi B’s WAP is not to be confused with the acronym WAP as its used in digital technology to stand for wireless application protocol.
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