The pop star chopped it up with Apple Music 1’s Ebro Darden on Tuesday (Aug. 3) to talk about the single, which debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs last week. Normani opened up about how her sensual single showcased her range, from being a member of the “multi-cultural,” “very mainstream pop group” Fifth Harmony to a solo “Black female who can do the pop sh–” while getting artists like Cardi, 6LACK and Khalid on her records. But when it comes to the No. 1 fan of her music — her dad — she was hesitant to hit play on “Wild Side.”
“You have no idea. I was so terrified to play this song for my dad… terrified… oh my goodness… avoiding it,” she told Darden. “He kept asking to hear the record because everyone else heard it but he didn’t hear it. And my dad is my biggest fan, like I tell you. … He works night shifts. He hustles for his family, and so to get through the night, sometimes he listens to all my records, and he was dying to listen to this one.”
In an earlier interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106, the 25-year-old artist opened up about how her new music “really saved” her while her mother was going through chemotherapy and radiation after she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. “It got my family through the darkest time of our lives,” she told host Bryhana. And her mother couldn’t help but play the new song for another crucial member of their family regardless of her daughter’s worries.
“And I was just like ‘Dad, um… I’ll play it for you later.’ And eventually my mom ended up playing it for him, and he was like, ‘That sh– is hard,’ he’s like, ‘That sh– is fire,'” she continued. “And he told me all the time, every single day, I kid you not: He’s like ‘Are you ready to take over the world? Are you ready to take over the world?’ He loves the song, he loves the record.”
Watch Normani’s Apple Music 1 interview below.