Cardi B Reveals Kanye West Recorded His ‘Personal’ ‘Hot S–t’ Verse When He Was ‘All Over Media’


Cardi B’s first single in a year and a half, “Hot Shit,” was released on Friday July 1 and features two other heavyweight guest rappers – Kanye West and Lil Durk. And now that the song has finally hit streaming services, the 29-year-old Grammy winner explains how she’ll be powering up her next projects as well as how each of her collaborators ended up signing on to the project. – to a point revealing that Kanye’s verse was created at a particularly difficult time in his life.

Sitting down with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, Cardi revealed that she actually first recorded “Hot Shit” in 2019, even before making “WAP” in 2020, her No. 1 hit with Megan. Thee Stallion. “People have always loved this record, but I always felt like it needed a masculine feature,” she explained, saying the new song always sounded very masculine in its spirit. “I didn’t know what male artist to put on this record because it has a certain type of beat that I feel like only certain artists could freak it out.”

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The male feature she envisioned eventually became two, with Ye coming on board earlier this year as he made headlines for his Instagram posts and public campaign against Pete Davidson, her ex’s boyfriend. -wife Kim Kardashian. “Kanye gave me this verse a few months ago when he was all over the media, because of everything that was going on,” Cardi explained. “I like how his verse, it’s personal, but it’s not that personal.”

In part of Ye’s long verse, he spits, “Another title, ‘Where’s your hat?’ / ‘Nigga, go home, where your kids at?'”

“I’m so happy he gave me that verse,” she continued. “And I’ve had a lot of conversations with Kanye West. I’ve learned so much about him and he’s such an amazing, lovely person. I felt like I’d like a lot of people to have conversations with him so they can see the real him.

Cardi always felt like something was missing from the track, which is how Lil Durk came into the mix at the suggestion of his label. Although she’s never met him before, the “What Happened to Virgil” rapper delivered his part of the song in a single day, adding a “youthful energy” to the recording. “I feel like Durk’s verses are really street,” she told Lowe. “I almost see kids in the Bronx listening to his verses. And then when the Kanye verses come in, you see people who are more into this money, this grown-up shit.

Now that she’s released “Hot Shit” — which followed her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Up” — Cardi says she has a lot of plans for the future that she’s definitely ready to start. “It’s like right after this record, I have another one that’s different from this record,” she said. “And right after that, I really just want to put this album together. I’m just trying to put all my plans together and everything together.

“I’m getting ready for a festival and haven’t played in a crowd since 2019,” she continued. “And my body has definitely changed. I’m about to turn 30 and I just had a very big baby. Even my body, the way I program, I’m a little different now. So right now I’m trying to break my shell with everything. Even now, I’m really nervous. I haven’t released a single since ‘Up’. I’m ready to go into beast mode. I’m ready for that.

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