Cop a gander of Cardi B!
The Rap superstar signals the launch of her sophomore album campaign a-front of ELLE Magazine’s September issue.
Lensed by Steven Klein, the bejewelled shoot was paired with a hyper-frank interview; during which the ‘WAP’ rapper opened up about her new project, the reason for her hiatus, the direction of her second LP, and a whole lot more.
Join us after the jump…
On Her 9 Month Hiatus:
“I didn’t really like how my last song [‘Press’] performed, so I just got my creativity back. I don’t want to just put out a single and have people buy it because I’m Cardi. I want to put out really good music.”
On Direction Of Her New Album:
“My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch. When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment. But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it’s going to have my Lemonade moments, my personal relationship moments.”
On Addressing Her Relationship In new Music:
“I don’t really like talking about love much, but I feel like I have to do it, just because I want people to know a little bit. There’s always rumors about me and my husband, and I feel like people would rather start rumors because they want me to be heartbroken. They want me to be hurt.
[But] If you all are so curious to know about my relationship and blah, blah, blah, I’m going to put it in the f*ckin’ music, and you can buy it, too. I’m not going to give it to you all for free.”
On Attempts To Cancel Her:
“It’s like I have a target on my back, but it’s not because of my music. Because I haven’t done music for eight months, and people still try to attack me. I feel like people are attacking me because they want me to feel the pressure of bullying, and they want me to give up, and they want me to say, ‘Oh, I quit music’ or ‘I’ll delete my Instagram, delete my Twitter,’ and I’m not willing to do that. No one will ever have that much power [over] me.
I cannot believe 73 people are trying to cancel me over a lie. Can you imagine me having a fake Instagram account to talk sh*t about different artists that I don’t even think about?I’m 27 years old, you know what I’m saying? I’m 27 years old and I have big bills, big responsibilities, and a kid who’s on my ass a lot.”
On Her Past:
“I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options. I was blessed to have been able to rise from that, but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time, I did what I had to do to survive.”
On Wanting Donald Trump Out Of Office:
“Those people that he caters [to], he’s not going to do anything for them. It’s not like Republicans are getting better housing. It’s not like Republicans are getting better benefits. They’re not. He’s not doing anything for anybody. He’s just saying things that appease the same people. I want a president who makes me feel secure. I want a president who understands the pain of the people. I want a president who is going to give us answers.”