BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler has blasted Cardi B over the suggestive lyrics to her single “WAP,” calling it “disgusting.”
“WAP” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August, breaking numerous streaming records and spawning a viral TikTok dance challenge. The track, which is viewed as an empowering feminist anthem by some and gratuitously offensive by others, has also been the subject of controversy, with several right-wing commentators implying “WAP” was specifically marketed to young girls, when the song’s obvious audience is adults.
In a new interview with Kerrang! Magazine, Butler offered his opinion of “WAP” while discussing “Unspeakable Elvis,” a song from his 1997 solo album Black Science, which was reissued in October.
He said: “That’s really about the fact that whatever new music comes out, it’s viewed as the devil’s music. I remember when Elvis [Presley] came out everybody said he was Satan. And then in the ’60s and ’70s, he became America’s national treasure.
“It happens with every new wave of music. Like metal, obviously. The Christians were going mental when SABBATH came about. And then when rap came about, people were up in arms about that and certain words that rappers were using. I have to say, though, that Cardi B pisses me off with that ‘WAP’ song. It’s disgusting! But there you go.”
“A friend of mine didn’t know what the song was about but his 10-year-old girl was singing it,” Butler continued. “I was, like, ‘What?!’ To put it on album, fair enough. But to put it out as a single? That’s a it’s a bit much. Then again, I’m 71. A bloody old goat.”