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Cardi B Says She Spent $100K On Coronavirus Tests Before Shooting 'WAP' Music Video

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By Chris Barilla

Since its release, the song 'WAP' by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion as well as its accompanying music video have become quite literally an overnight viral success. Merging the talents of two of hip-hop's most famous female faces and adding a dash of Kylie Jenner and some exotic animals into the mix made for quite a spectacle, but has also left the video marred in controversy. Now, the 'Bodak Yellow' rapper is speaking out about exactly what precautions were taken to combat COVID-19 while filming the video.

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As reported by 'i-D', Cardi said that she dropped six figures on coronavirus tests before shooting the hit video to ensure that any and all participants would be safe while working.

"It was kind of weird shooting the video in the age of corona. We had to spend $100,000 dollars just on testing. Everybody on the shoot had to get tested for coronavirus," the award-winning artist commented to the 'Vice' affiliate publication about the extensive safety measures taken to bring her vision to life.

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Beyond that, and referencing a prior comment made by 'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin about the presence of big cats in the 'WAP' video, Cardi said, "We had a tiger and a leopard there, but we didn’t film with them in there because of safety and because of the pandemic. We spliced those scenes together."

Rumors initially came about that Cardi misused the exotic animals in her shoot, largely propagated by an interview done with Baskin that made it seem as though that was the case.

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In response to Baskin's claims about the rappers endangering the animals by having them present on the set, Cardi quickly clapped back and reaffirmed her known disdain for Baskin and support of the animal conservator's sworn enemy, Joe Exotic.

"I’m not gonna engage with Carole Baskin on that. Like, that’s just ridiculous you know? Oh, Lord. Like, girl you killed your goddamn husband," she said, restating a largely-discussed concept that Baskin allegedly killed her husband, who has been missing since 1997.

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With the music video aside, Cardi also discussed how her personal life has been affected over the last few months due to the pandemic.

"Everything has completely changed because of the pandemic. I was constantly on the road, now I’m mostly at home with my baby. Everything that I had planned for this year has to be rescheduled for God knows when. So it’s just crazy, it’s a lot," she told the publication about the major shifts to her daily schedule.

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