Last summer, the internet went awry after the release of the NSFW song “WAP” from Cardi B and Megan The Stallion, which debuted at No. 1 and received some harsh criticism by conservative thinkers. But unlike other politicians, California Congressman Maxine Waters really enjoyed it.
Rep. Waters and Megan sat down to chat Harper’s Bazaar Where he talked about education, the importance of standing up for himself and, of course, “WAP”. Waters revealed that some of the young people in his life had played his song, and were impressed by Megan’s candor:
“I listen to the youth around me and they can tell me something. Maybe you should pay attention.” But then they asked me whether it was a WAP? Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry. I said, ‘Now it’s daring. He is adventurous. ‘And this is the ability for women to handle what they want to say. I had noticed young gangster rap times, when men were in charge. He said whatever you want to say about women, what do you have. But women have not said for a long time what they can say or want to say or dare to say. And so I thought ‘this is audacity.’
While this was the first time Waters and Megan had a personal conversation, it was not their first correspondence. Made me stronger after megan new York Times Opp-ed about the importance of speaking for black women, Waters responded with his own open letter. “I wrote all this to say that I am very proud of you and how you have used your voice to uplift black women,” Waters wrote. “I know that black women and girls everywhere thank you for the way you have patted them. I want you to know that I also have your back.”
Megan The Stallion is a Warner music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.