In a new interview with XXL Magazine, Cardi B revealed a plethora of interesting tidbits of information, including when she plans to release her much-anticipated new album. She also discussed being a mother during the rise of her rap career, and her perhaps surpising interest in war history.
Cardi B was asked about her upcoming album, which was originally planned to drop in 2018 following her Invasion of Privacy album. After she dropped the single “Press” two years ago, Cardi B said it under-performed, causing her to take her time with crafting music ever since. She was keeping her studio sessions under wraps, but has been working on her sophomore album over the last year. She’s also had a few side gigs: she appeared in the film Hustlers, she was a game show host for Rhythm + Flow, and even was on a few collaborations… both with fellow artists (like Megan Thee Stallion) and fashion houses (Fashion Nova).
But fans are eager to hear new music from Cardi, and have been constantly asking her on social media about when she’ll drop something new. She gave fans a possible album preview when she dropped “WAP” last summer, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, showing that she could drop a smash single any time she wants.
Cardi says it feels like she created a timeline that was directly affected by COVID. Because of the pandemic last year, she said she felt like she had to put out her album this year. Feeling discouraged from the tolls the pandemic took, Cardi said she stopped working on her second album “out of nowhere,” pushing its release to this year because she also wants to tour.
In the interview, Cardi B said there’s no “feeling” to doing interviews with people through a computer. “I want to meet up with people. I want to have a conversation. It’s a better vibe. I love album release parties. I would love an album release party in New York. I could have one in Atlanta, but I want one also at home. And I want to see people. I shouldn’t fly out 50 of my friends just so they could be there in Atlanta and then somebody might catch COVID. No. So, it’s just something that I stopped, but then now that I keep putting out my singles, I keep saying like, ‘Damn. I have no choice but to put out my album this year.'”
When Cardi B finishes her forthcoming album, she says she’s “gotta make sure I do two epic music videos. And, it takes me a while to do a music video. It takes like, a whole month ’cause I suck at dancing, so I’ve gotta learn choreography. ‘WAP’ was very difficult, getting clothes because most of our clothes came from France. And they had like, a whole three-week holdup.”
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