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?