Ever since Cardi B released “Press” in 2019, she’s been taking her time working to share music she knows her fans will love. That’s why she waited almost a year before dropping “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion. But even someone as openly confident as the “Bodak Yellow” rapper admits that she feels the pressure to crank out hits.
She discussed the topic in an interview with SiriusXM on Wednesday (Sept. 30), admitting that “at one time, I felt like I was putting out too much music and I took a little break.”
“Throughout this whole time people were making rumors like, ‘Oh she’s having problems with her label,’ ‘Her label is shelving her,’ ‘Her label is tired of her and they’re getting more female talent,'” she continued. “It’s like, no, they never tired of me. Labels, they want you to put music out. That’s what they love. They want you to put music out all the time, all the time.”
Cardi also touched on the double standard between male and female hip-hop artists. “Female rappers, y’all, they are always in mad pressure,” she explained. “If you don’t have a super crazy smash, it’s like oh, you flop, flop flop. The song could be like two-times platinum and it’s still flop, flop, flop. You’re always under pressure, and I feel like it’s not fair. I feel like there’s male artists who go two years without putting a f—ing song out and they don’t go, ‘Oh, you’re irrelevant. It’s over for you.’ Me, I didn’t put out songs for nine months and it’s like, ‘Oh, she’s irrelevant. She’s over. She’s a flop. We told you that.’”
And while she admitted that those comments “started to get to” her, Cardi concluded that she’s not “going to put out a song that I’m not really in love with just because.”
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