‘WAP’ Choreographer JaQuel Knight On Cardi B & Black Female Empowerment
The man who made perhaps one of the most famous videos this year, JaQuel Knight, for the iconic “WAP” dance moves, is speaking out about his creative process.
The music video broke the Internet last month, and when talking to People about leading Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in what he calls the “hardest and craziest” project, he left nothing unturned.
“I don’t think I’ve done anything harder than pulling off a production like this video: casting and rehearsing talent, rehearsing one-on-one with the artists in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “It was literally the hardest and craziest thing ever.”
“Once I heard Megan’s part come in, I was like ‘Cardi, you know this is about to break the Internet?'” he recalled. “‘You know this is going to be the biggest record of all time, right?’”
The music video has garnered more than 160 million views. The song alone skyrocketed to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“There’s power within the lyrics,” he said. “For me, it was really important that we displayed a sense of power and strength. It was really important that we took the power back and placed it in the hands of women.”
“It’s really important to see female rappers especially come together during a time like now,” he added. “It’s important to see that visual. It’s important to watch Black women work together lifting each other up during a time when Black lives are being taken for granted.”
We absolutely agree! Read the rest of the interview at People.