The Aug. 7 release of the single and its accompanying music video was met with both praise and criticism thanks to its sexually explicit lyrics and proactive themes.
The inclusion of reality star Kylie Jenner sparked an online petition to have her removed from the clip and Tiger King's Carole Baskin also slammed the video for its racy content and use of real wild cats, even though they were inserted with the help of technology.
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Sharing her inspiration for the project, Cardi said in an installment of New Music Daily on Apple Music that she wanted to disprove the misconception that women can't support other women in the industry.
"I feel like people be wanting to put female artists against each other. … You know what I'm saying?" Cardi explained. "Every single time I feel like there's a female artist that's coming up … I always see like little slick comments like, 'Oh, they taking over your spot. They taking over this. They taking over that.' And it just makes me feel like, damn, why it had to be like that? Because I actually like shorty music a lot. Why does it even have to be like that?"
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