Cardi B Covers XXL / Dishes On New Album, Big Deals, & More

Published: Tuesday 6th Apr 2021 by Sam

Cop a gander of Cardi B!

The chart-topping femcee scorches the latest issue of XXL Magazine. 

And much like with her music, she seized the moment to keep it all sorts of real.

For, in her accompanying interview, the rapper opened up about levelling up as a businesswoman, knowing her worth, working with Megan Thee Stallion, and her long-awaited sophomore album.

Head below for pics and quotes..

On Being Financially Secure:

“It’s good to be debt-free, but either way, I feel like I’ve been on deals before that like, yeah, I got paid, but I feel like I deserved more. And I made sure this year that I get everything I deserve. Not just on music deals but on everything.”

On Sharpening Her Business Acumen:

“It comes from the people that’s handling your deals. It also comes because you gotta do more research on sh*t. For example, sometimes I feel like a company might see, you know, a girl like me, a colored girl like me. I’m a colored girl and I’m from the ’hood and sh*t. And they might be like, “Oh, we could offer her a $2 million advance.” And the company is gonna make out of you, probably f*cking $50 million, $100 million. And you settle for $2 million because they think that you’re so thirsty for that money that they just gonna give you the $2 million.”

On Knowing Her Worth In Business

“I just feel like if you want to keep hiring me, I figured that you’re making a lot of money out of me. I just feel like that little 2 million, that little 3 million, I mean, sometimes even a little five million, ’cause I get 5 [million], $10 million deals. I just feel like, you gotta be making triple. The reason why my money keeps going bigger and bigger because they’re looking at the numbers that I used to bring other companies and they see, “Oh, she bring this amount of money. I’m gonna give her some more. But it’s like, what is the number? ’Cause I want to be part of that big number.

So, that’s one thing. Making sure that the people that are representing me are really good gamblers. Like, really step on necks. Ask for the highest bid. Like, that’s just how I am.

On Megan Thee Stallion:

“When I met her, you know, it was just dope, and it was a very natural, smooth [meeting]. We did a song, and it went so smoothly and it went so well. Even with this “WAP” performance [for the Grammys], it went so smoothly. It went so well. And sometimes I get on social media, and I do good, and she randomly congratulates me. And, I will congratulate her as well. I’m gonna always show her love. Like, it’s just a super respect thing. But we don’t be hanging out. ’Cause I don’t hang out. I’m like a home potato…couch potato, you know what I’m saying? I just want to be home, have sex and be with my kid. That’s what I want to do.”

On New Album:

“I feel like at this point, it’s like a timeline that I created. Because last year, I was like, I gotta put out my album this year. But, then I just stopped working on my album out of nowhere because I feel like the whole global health crisis thing discouraged me to put out my album. Because I want to put out an album, and I want to tour.

[I] want to tour with the album. And I feel when I did Invasion of Privacy, I did a really big interview with [radio host] Ebro [Darden]. And to this day, I see people posting the interview.

I don’t feel like if I do like, an album promo run and everything, like, there’s no feelings to it, me 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 something. 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.”

On Her Project Timeline:

“It’s difficult. Because it’s like, even after I finish the album, I gotta make sure I do two epic music videos. And, it takes me a while to do a music video.”


Great interview, great shoot.

With a sophomore season that’s already lit, we’re buzzed for the new Cardi B. Are you?

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: XXL / AB + DM]

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  1. DC April 6, 2021

    Queen congrats on all the success up still killing charts at number 4 billboard hot 100 she’s maintaining

    • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

      2 #1s before the album has even dropped 🔥

      • DC April 6, 2021


  2. Clarks0o00ñ April 6, 2021

    Her album is going to be HUGE.

    The best decision she ever made was not rushing to put out a second album especially after press underperformed.

    Happy she’s not doing random collaborations also, that way people can keep up with her and her releases.

    • Susan April 6, 2021

      Ya know who album won’t be huge? 🤣☺️ The one that got no solo hits from the last album. Let’s see if you admit who I’m talking about. I’m sure you will.

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        Nappy headed hater EXPOSED ⬆️⬆️⬆️

      • Clarks0o00ñ April 6, 2021

        Never be the same, a solo song outpeaked f*******’s entire discography.

        Stop setting normani up, its embarrassing

        Show me normani’s solo top ten hit, I’m waiting…….the clock is ticking

      • Susan April 6, 2021

        Never be the same didn’t hit the top ten until she did a remix with Kane Brown. And that was on the FIRST album 🤣 Where are the solo hits from the second album!? 🤣 Thank you for confirming Camila is a flop by you responding

      • Clarks0o00ñ April 6, 2021

        Onlyshìts, are u not tired?

        If the remix was more popular than the original, billboard would have credited kane brown, the same way they credited beyonce and nicki on savage remix and say so remix respectively

        U keep forgetting motivation also had a remix feat 21 savage and it still tanked

        The music videos for love lies and dancing with a stranger are not on normani’s official YouTube channel cause the songs are not heres.

      • Clarks0o00ñ April 6, 2021

        Where is normani’s album, this is 2021, where is normani’s album?
        The last time normani saw the inside of the billboard hot 100 was November 2019.

        Are I not embarrassed

        Camila’s song liar, didnt crack the top 50 but this song has more streams than motivation

        Liar- 360 million streams
        Motivation- 230 million streams

        Let’s not forget motivation had a remix feat 21 savage

      • ME YOU US April 7, 2021

        Why can’t you give her props for her merit? As much as I’m not a fan of sympathy and payola artist I would never bring her up when it comes up cause why hate? Let people be dam…all you people is ensuring in 10 years some lil dumb b**** like cardi gonna bring her down cause of karma…that’s why i didnt never feel bad for nicki when came to cardi all the way cause of lil kim…I love nicki

        Bt karma is karma and cardi will get hers too..what goes around comes back around

  3. Susan April 6, 2021

    Stunning!!! Photos are giving me Lil Kim vibes during the LaBella era

  4. DC April 6, 2021

    Cardi is smart just think of her second album budget her first album was rushed out because she was pregnant and had no pre orders etc she’s gonna kill sales first week

    • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

      I hated that the vinyl took so long to get released! Even though I bought it anyway I once it did. I hope this time there is a vinyl pre-order

  5. Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

    Vinyl version released alongside the album release date this time please, Cardi! Some of us have HIGH-END setups with KEF speakers, SVS subs and Rega turntables! We’re not all like Trashy BISH that listens to COMPRESSED audio on the cheap headphones that came with her iPhone 6s Plus…

    • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 April 6, 2021

      I have more vinyls than you, FACTS lmaooooooooo 🤣🤳🏽 You’re getting dragged for dear LIFE and you still haven’t learned not to play with me 😂

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        “Vinyls” is not a WORD as is can not be PLURAL. Vinyl LPs or vinyl records is the correct terminology. Figured out not to play with me yet? 💋

        And what’s your setup then bish? PLUS, we’re not talking about all your wack ass 80s back catalogue hidden up in yo momma’s attic 💯

      • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 April 6, 2021

        Danzou, don’t expose yourself with the grammar ish lmaoooooooo 🤣 And you’re always WRONG lmaoooooooo

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        As USUAL, avoided my questions because you’re taking pure ISH 💯🤣🤳🏽

  6. Green April 6, 2021

    Ugly asf

  7. Lou April 6, 2021

    Solid interview. Stunning photos. I am hoping there’s no beef with Nicki going forward and it’s just respect from here on.

    • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

      Says YOU who says “vinyls!” SCREAMING 🤣

      • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 April 6, 2021

        Are you DUMB? I sent a link that reads “ Just added vinyls” you dumb whorre 😂

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        Honey, people MISUSE it ALL THE TIME but that STILL DOESN’T MAKE IT A WORD! How dumb is this ugly ashy stank cûñt w*****?!

      • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 April 6, 2021

        I’ll take an official store over you Shaybooger 🤣

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        Look it up, trâññy trash

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        “The plural of vinyl is vinyl”, Drowned in Sound 2/23/2012:

        Just a heads-up, so you can stop saying/typing “vinyls”. Cos doing so makes you sound like you buy your music exclusively from Urban Outfitters.

        No need to apologise. We’ve all been out of our depth at one point or other. And we learn from our mistakes, yeah?

        Some other plural options: records, LPs, albums, vinyl records.

        This has been a public service announcement. Thank you for your avoidance of this increasingly widespread “vinyls” wrongness.

      • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 April 6, 2021

        Chile BYE lmaoooooooo……cause it CLEARLY ain’t that deep……..Danzou exposed tho!

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        It was “DEEP” enough when you THOUGHT you’d exposed me as being wrong! Who’s “ALWAYS RIGHT” now? Because you certainly weren’t “RIGHT” just now! *SMACKS* 💯🤣

      • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 April 6, 2021

        You didn’t prove SHIIIT, you ugly wench 😂 Can’t you get that through your alien head? 😂
        Flavor vinyls all day *SMACKS* 🤣🤳🏽

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        Trashy BISH is just a Trashy BISH and will NEVER be me! *SMACKS* 🤣🤳🏽

  8. Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

    Trashy BISH’s cûñt smells like a cow’s cûñt 🤣

    • Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 April 6, 2021

      Shayla got dat alien tittty milk lmaooooooooo 👽

      • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

        That you CLEARLY want to DRANK because you STAY on my titties b*****

  9. Yiiiiiikes April 6, 2021

    Cardis New Face looks so painful 😣

    • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

      Should see Trashy BISH’s although she can’t as every time she try to look into a mirror it BREAK *SMACKS* 💯🤣💅🏽🤳🏽

  10. Cosmo April 6, 2021

    Say what you want about cardi, but she’s SMART. This album is gonna slay. I mean EPIC PROPORTIONS.

  11. Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 April 6, 2021

    Vinyls, vinyls, vinyls, vinyls, vinyls, vinyls….VINYLS 😂 And if Shiitrails is in your collection, then your collection is WACK 🤣

    • Shayla Queen 👑 April 6, 2021

      When I was a waitress wearing a white dress
      Look how I do this, look how I got this
      When I was a waitress working the night shift
      You were my man, felt like I got this
      Down at the Men in Music Business Conference
      Down in Orlando, I was only 19
      Down at the Men in Music Business Conference
      I only mention it ’cause it was such a scene
      And I felt seen

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    A h*** that always talks about shïttrails must go around leaving a lot of well, *ahem* shïttrails 💯

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  14. WRTW? April 6, 2021

    Yes she is following right in lil Kim and cat woman’s footsteps 😸

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