In a new interview, Sheryl Crow comes to terms with being a musician who respects her fellow artists’ creative freedom as well as a mother who doesn’t really want to get into what “WAP” means with her boys.
Sitting with Zane Lowe for an interview that airs in full at 1 p.m. ET Thursday, May 19 on Apple Music 1, the “Soak Up the Sun” singer/songwriter talks about the conundrum she finds herself in as a mother of 12. -old Levi and Wyatt, 15 years old.
“Seeing that through the lens of being a mother of two young boys, even raising boys right now when music is something I watch — which is such a weird thing,” she says. “I watch what my kids listen to – isn’t that sick? And I’m a musician! I’m just like, ‘What am I doing?’ I signed up to be the protector of their innocence and I don’t want to have to explain what WAP [is]”, Crow says in reference to Cardi B’s explicit 2020 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion. “My eldest is 15 now and I’m sure he’s seen a lot more than I know. I’m actually very positive, but he’s recovered from not having social media. He sees a lot of things he wants to see. I’m sure he’s walking around, but I’m looking at their phones and stuff.
Cardi and Meg sparked a worldwide pop culture phenomenon in August 2020 when they released “WAP” and also a censor’s nightmare, as you can see from the song’s lyrics here. It debuted at No. 1 and spent four weeks in the top spot.
In January 2021, Cardi took to Twitter to respond to people who criticized the rapper for turning off the racy song when her daughter Kulture walked into the room, wondering why her own daughter couldn’t listen to her music. “You have to stop with that already!” I’m not [JoJo Siwa]the superstar clapped back. “I don’t make music for kids; I make music for adults. Parents are responsible for what their kids listen to or see… I’m a very sexual person but not around my child, like any other parent should be. Sounds like she agrees with Sheryl.
Elsewhere in the interview, Crow talks about separating his music from his sense of self after big events in his personal life. “I remember after being diagnosed with breast cancer and going through a very public breakup, I left Los Angeles because I had paparazzi shooting into my living room and trying to capture me at rock bottom. “, she recalls. “I came out of it making a pact with myself: I’m not going to go write, I’m not going to try to write an amazing song. I’m not going to take this experience and try to produce something. The music is, it’s a balm, but there was a moment when, for me, it was bigger than a balm. It was like a lifeline. And I had to find a way to walk without it being the thing that gave me self-esteem. It’s a hard thing when you connect so deeply to your work, that you kind of have to say to yourself, OK, if I’m not my job, then who am I? »
You can listen to the full interview at 1 p.m. ET on Apple Music 1.
Crow is currently promoting the new documentary Sheryl, directed by Amy Scott and released May 6 on Showtime. The film features a mix of new interviews with Crow, behind-the-scenes footage on the road and in his studio, and never-before-seen archive footage spanning 20 years of touring, plus guest appearances from Keith Richards, Laura Dern, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile and many more.
Watch two excerpts from the Apple Music interview below: