Cardi B is making money moves all the way to the No. 1 spot.
Cardi B’s breakthrough single “Bodak Yellow” sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts after dethroning Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” In doing so, Cardi B — whose birth name is Belcalis Almanzar —became the first female rapper to accomplish such a feat in over two decades.
In an interview with Billboard, Cardi B spoke about the creative process in making the hit record.
“I wanted to do a song that is, like, ‘You know what? I’m in a good place in my life right now and I want to stun,'” she explained back in August. “I felt it in my soul — this song is going to be so popping. While I was recording it, every [expletive] I don’t like came into my head.”
While the Bronx native was confident about her single, she expressed feeling apprehension about her debut album.
“I wanted to drop next month,” she said on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club a few weeks ago. “Every single time I think, ‘I got all the 10 songs,’ I’m like, ‘I’m buggin’. These ain’t it.’ It’s just like, ‘Damn! I’m competing with myself. I’m competing with the goddamn No. 2 record and stuff.’”
Fellow rapper J. Cole had sound advice for the budding rap star after watching her interview.
“Also Cardi b I seen your breakfast club interview, loved it,” he told the 24-year-old rapper via Twitter. “Don’t put all that pressure on your album. You already won. Just drop & repeat.”
Also Cardi b I seen your breakfast club interview, loved it. Don’t put all that pressure on your album. You already won. Just drop & repeat
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 24, 2017
Cole — whose own debut album, “Cole World: The Sideline Story” debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 back in 2011 — knows a few things about success in the rap game, and Cardi B is grateful for his words of wisdom.
“Is this real :’)Son my heart is smiling,” she said in response to his advice. “Well who am I not to take J cole advice.”
Is this real :’)Son my heart is smiling 😌Well who am I not to take J cole advice https://t.co/fRVuNbyCtw
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 24, 2017
Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” was the last single without any features to sit at number one.