And it almost got even more star-studded.
Cardi, 27, has revealed she originally wanted to cast her Hustlers co-star Lizzo, 32, in the video, but she was on holiday.
The rapper was speaking to Hot 97 when she was asked if there was anybody else she wanted to cameo in WAP, after getting Kylie Jenner, Normani, Rosalia, Rubi Rose, Sukihana and Mulatto to star in the video.
Cardi, real name Belcalis Almanzar, said: ‘I really wanted Lizzo on the video.
‘I’m cool with Lizzo and everything. Like, we’ve been sending DMs to each other and all that. But she was on vacation; she wasn’t in town. I was like, oh my gosh, because I had a whole vision about how I wanted to see Lizzo and everything.
‘But she was on vacation.’
WAP’s video, directed by Colin Tilley, was filmed in July in West Hollywood, and around the same time, Lizzo was posting pictures and videos to Instagram from her holiday with girlfriends in Pam Desert, California.
Hey, a girl deserves some time off – but we must admit, we’d have loved to see the Truth Hurts singer taking up residency in the WAP mansion.
Cardi and Megan gathered a host of upcoming rappers to appear in the sexually charged video, including Sukihana, who told Apple Music: ‘Honestly, I liberate a lot of hoes…. When I hear Cardi talk about popping some p***y, me and my b****es is with it. Like that liberate us.’
However, while people were loving the cameos from Normani and co, it was Kylie Jenner’s slow-mo strut down the corridor that caused the most controversy.
Thousands of people signed a petition to have the reality star removed from the video, with one viral tweet referring to Normani’s choreography reading: ‘Normani did ALL this and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door. If that’s not a perfect visual indication of Black women having to do the most and white women do the bare minimum to get somewhere, I don’t know what is.’
However, Cardi defended the 23-year-old, tweeting: ‘Normani is one of the best female artist that dances Like she dances her f****in a** off! Why would she open a door? Please tell me how that would make sense?
‘The best part of the song is the beat & hook it what makes you want to shake your a**. Not everything is about race. Theres issues out here in the world that is about race that I preach all the time about. This is not about f***in race.’
She added: ‘It was so important to me to include different women that are different races and come from different backgrounds but are so powerful and influential.’
The backlash didn’t hurt the success of the video, though, with the clip being viewed over 150 million times.
Credit: Original article published here.