Preview: Queens of Rap

Queens of Rap
Megan and Cardi managed to dominate pop with a track that globally shook conservative values. Photo: Channel 4

Through the lens of the culture-shaking song ‘WAP’, which spawned huge censorship and freedom of speech debates, as well as a fair few memes, Queens of Rap uncovers the journey of its two lead singers – Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. 

Uproar and praise aside, the most conclusive fact about the hip-hop single is its outstanding popularity. #WAPdancechallenge is a tag that saw over 1.5 billion views on TikTok, and the song went straight to no. 1 for three weeks.

Directed by award winning podcaster and investigative journalist Poppy Begum, featuring a largely female cast of contributors, including writers, journalists, music industry players, and women rappers

We learn how how Megan Thee Stallion – a battle rapper from Texas – and Cardi B – an ex-stripper and reality TV star – became two of the most famous women on the planet. And what does WAP tell us about the changing role and status of women over four decades of hip-hop culture?

Queens of Rap – Thursday at 10pm on Channel 4