Grammy winning artist Cardi B exclusively teams up with Vevo to reveal never before heard details to her #1 Billboard Hot 100 smash “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion. Vevo Footnotes unveils Cardi B and director Colin Tilley’s creative process and vision, her favorite video moment and the story behind the song’s memorable hook. With all the fun of fashion and cameos, they also dive into the new challenges of filming the powerhouse collaboration during a pandemic.
“I just want my fans to know that I work really hard for this. I go hard because when you have something that is not good quality, people always talk shit about it,” Cardi tells Vevo exclusively. “I just wanted something that you guys have fun and get ratchet to in the clubs, or in your basement, because you know the clubs are closed.”
Video director Colin Tilley adds, “I’m a big Tim Burton fan, I would say I’m always inspired by childhood books, Dr. Suess, etc.”
A complete outline of “Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” | Vevo Footnotes” is listed below.
[00:18] “WAP” is Cardi B’s first single release of 2020.
[00:28] The video was directed by Colin Tilley who has also directed videos for “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj and “Circles” by Post Malone.
[00:40] Tilley had multiple visual references that informed the style of the video.
[00:46] “I’m a big Tim Burton fan, I would say I’m always inspired by childhood books, Dr. Suess, etc.” – Colin Tilley
[00:54] Cardi B wrote multiple hooks for the song before deciding on the final.
[01:00] “I just had like an original hook to ‘WAP’ and I didn’t really like it. I sent it to some female artists to see if they could do the hook, they couldn’t really do it and I started playing around again with the hook and was like, “you know what? I’m just going to keep it like that.” – Cardi B
[01:14] I always liked it, “now from the top, make it drop, that’s some wet ass pussy, I just felt like the hook also had a lot of “wet ass pussy, wet ass pussy. I just felt like “pussy, pussy, pussy,” and I just didn’t like that. “But, I don’t know I couldn’t come up with anything else so, whatever.” – Cardi B
[01:33] When deciding on colors and themes for each set, Tilley described it as a “color wave.”
[01:40] Colin said the most challenging part of the shoot was…”We shot in the middle of quarantine, so from getting all the crew tested, following all safety precautions, this added an entirely other challenge to our set.” – Colin Tilley
[02:04] “The fashion was just amazing. The process was really long. You know the coronavirus makes everything slower.” – Cardi B
[02:09] “Packages were coming very late especially when it comes from Europe and taking our sizes. Like me telling Kollin (Carter) something that I want.” – Cardi B
[02:14] “Like I wanted to show my boobs, but I wanted to make it very tasteful.” – Cardi B
[02:21] Cardi’s favorite moments in the video are her and Meg Thee Stallion’s solos.
[02:28] “I really liked my solo, I like both solos because I just really thought and I knew that it was gonna be so fire. A room completely covered with cheetah.” – Cardi B
[02:34] “A room covered with like, tigers. I originally wanted Megan to have a spider on her head, I don’t know why, I just thought it was gonna be so beautiful.” – Cardi B
[02:42] Colin describes the creative process of working with these two powerhouse artists as “Intense, precise, and a very wild ride.”
[03:23] The video includes cameos from Kylie Jenner, Normani, Rosalia, Mulatto, Rubi Rose, and Sukihana.
[03:31] “I wanted different women from different backgrounds that do different things. I wanted female rappers, models, I wanted Spanish artists, and I was just so grateful that these girls took their time of day and did this video, and they just looked so amazing, so pretty. I think they were really happy and I love it.” – Cardi B
[03:50] “I just want my fans to know that I work really hard for this. I go hard because when you have something that is not good quality, people always talk shit about it. I just wanted something that you guys have fun and get ratchet to in the clubs, or in your basement, because you know the clubs are closed.” – Cardi B