Cardi B’s debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, helped propel her into hip-hop stardom, but fans had to wait for her second album. Discussing the delay between projects, the “Bodak Yellow” artist said she originally planned to release the second album earlier. “I feel like at this point it’s like a timeline that I made,” she told XXL in April 2021. “Because last year I thought I’d have to get my album out this year.” As with many artists, the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to delay the release. Cardi mentioned that she preferred to personally promote her music. “I want to meet people… It’s a better vibe. I love album release parties,” she added.
Fans grew impatient with the “WAP” rapper as the time between albums increased. In May, Cardi took to social media to address her critics while explaining the delay. “I saw a lot of you guys talking,” she said in a voice message posted to Twitter. “I’ve had not one, not two, but about three technical difficulties with the music I’m working on.”
On June 26, Cardi promised the wait would be over when she posted a teaser on Instagram of her new single “Hot S***,” which is due out July 1. The highly-anticipated tune will feature Kanye “Ye” West and Lil Durk, but it turns out Cardi got into bigger trouble before its release.
Cardi B slams the mistreatment of her new single
Even before the full song was released, controversy arose over Cardi B’s single “Hot S***.” The track, which features Kanye “Ye” West and Lil Durk, was nearly hit by further delays when the “Shake It” artist shared her frustration with the single’s release.
“So I wanted to cancel my release for this week because s*** isn’t being performed like it should,” Cardi said during an Instagram Live on June 27 (via Twitter). Although Cardi decided not to delay the single any longer, she would not approach its release with the same enthusiasm as other albums. “But then I think it’s too drastic … So I’m going to drop the song … but I’m not going to release a music video with this song,” Cardi said. The New York native expressed frustration at how she believed the release was mistreated by others, though she didn’t name names. “I’m so tired of people not doing their damn job right. I’m so tired of people just doing things their way,” she said.
Despite these concerns, the rapper added that she was ultimately very happy with the end product. On the same day as Cardi’s Instagram Live rant, she exchanged compliments with Lil Durk on her work on “Hot S***” as they expressed their excitement. She retweeted the Chicago rapper after he tweeted about the single. “Tho your verse,” Cardi wrote with fire emojis. “You have the hardest verse we can all agree on,” Durk replied with tornado emojis.