Cardi B drops new single 'Money', a nod to her mixtape roots
'Money' comes as the rapper's first solo release since her debut album 'Invasion of Privacy' earlier this year
Cardi B has just dropped a new track. And, we can't help but listen to it on repeat. The long-awaited cash-bomb track 'Money' was released two days earlier than scheduled on October 23. The J. White-produced track, which was originally due this Thursday, finds Cardi dashing back to her mixtape roots, flexing a steely flow over a thunderous beat.
MY NEW SINGLE “MONEY”IS OUT NOW ON ALL STREAMING SERVICES !!!!! pic.twitter.com/19ZmFTeM7m— iamcardib (@iamcardib) October 23, 2018
As Stereogum reported, the rapper has been all over the place this year, showing a level of pop dominance that we haven’t seen from a rookie rapper in years. But Cardi hasn’t released any solo tracks since she released her shockingly strong debut LP 'Invasion Of Privacy' in April. Or at least, she hasn’t released any solo tracks until now. On Tuesday, she released the new solo single 'Money' and it is nasty.
The song is a piece of undiluted latter-day New York rap, with Cardi flexing over a stripped-down beat from producer CB2. The song only barely has a chorus. It’s pretty much entirely Cardi taking the trash out over a few bass tones and piano notes: “All y’all b*****s in trouble / Bring brass knuckles to the scuffle / I heard that Cardi went pop / Yeah, I did go pop / That’s me busting they bubble.”
This is exactly the sort of song that Cardi B should be making right now. It’s tough and immediate, and it projects the same larger-than-life sneer that made her sound like such a revelation on 'Bodak Yellow' more than a year ago. According to a report on Billboard, though Cardi admits to enjoying the perks of her new-found fame including "boarding jets" and "morning sex", the Bronx MC lets everyone know that nothing will ever trump the idea of swimming in dollar bills. "I got bands in the coupe, busting out the roof/I got bands in the coupe, touch me I'll shoot," she emphatically raps on the song's hook.
Baby Kulture also garners a shoutout in the second verse ("I got a baby, I need some money, yeah"). "I was born to flex / Diamonds on my neck / I like boarding jets, I like morning sex / But nothing in this world that I like more than Kulture."
For Cardi, 'Money' serves as her first solo release since her debut album 'Invasion of Privacy'. The album recently went double-platinum, and 12 out of the 13 tracks have received certification from the RIAA. Since then, she’s become a mother and appeared on the AMAs to perform her song 'I Like It'. She’s also been involved in a very public feud with Nicki Minaj.
Listen to 'Money' below: