Cardi B Declares "I Feel Like People Are Just So Tired Of Me Winning"

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Cardi B opened up about the current pressure she’s facing in her career in a Vogue magazine cover story. While reflecting on the perceived disappointment her 2019 single “Press,” which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Atlantic Records artist admitted she feels like many onlookers want to see her success stop.

“I thought ‘Press’ was fun and it was gangsta, and then because it didn’t perform as good as my other songs, people was like, Oh, she’s a flop; oh, she’s dying out,” she said. “This whole year has just been a lot for me. I feel like people are just so tired me winning. I will look for my name on Twitter, and it’s like hate tweets, hate tweets, hate tweets.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Cardi explained how the creation her sophomore album has been much harder than her debut Invasion Of Privacy. She spoke on the balancing act she’s faced with following her breakthrough LP, which won a Grammy Award and dominated the Billboard charts.

“The first time it was just me being myself,” she noted. “I didn’t even care if people was gonna like it or not. When I found out I did so good, I’m like, is this a big number? Everybody was like, yes, this is a huge number. So it’s scary because it’s like, now you got to top your first album, and then it’s like, damn. I wonder if people are gonna relate to the new things, to the new life, to the new shit that I gotta talk about now.”

Cardi added, “Music is changing. I feel like people just wanna hear twerk-twerk music, but it’s like, is that just a phase? I probably need a sexy song. I need a lot turn-up songs. I need a slow song, a personal song. And those are harder for me—I always need help when it comes to talking about my feelings. It’s hard for me to be st, period. So it’s a lot thoughts, a lot pressure. It’s really like a job.”

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@iamcardib, who was born Belcalis Almánzar, has famously described herself as a “regula degula schmegula girl from the Bronx.” Her father is Dominican, and her mother is from Trinidad. She was a class clown who always dreamed being a famous rapper. “I don’t know what it is—I will never know what it is—but ever since I was young, people liked to hear me talk,” she says. “I was always that person, like, I didn’t really have a lot friends, but people was excited to see me in class because they knew I was funny. They was dying to hear a story from me." Tap the link in our bio to read our full prile on the star, written by @RobertJHaskell. Photographed by @annieleibovitz, styled by @tonnegood, Vogue, January 2020.

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Perhaps the central question dogging @iamcardib, one our four January cover stars, at the moment is how to sustain the breathtaking momentum that carried her from stripper to social-media phenom to reality-television star to world-beating rapper in less than five years. “Bodak Yellow,” her breakout single from 2017, became the first number-one hit by a solo female rapper in nearly two decades, since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. Cardi’s subsequent debut studio collection, Invasion Privacy, was critically hailed and landed her a Grammy for best rap album, another first by a solo female rap artist. Tap the link in our bio to read Cardi's thoughts on her next album, politics, motherhood, marriage, and more. Photographed by @annieleibovitz, styled by @tonnegood, written by @RobertJHaskell, Vogue, January 2020.

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