2021 may seem as bleak as 2020, but Cardi B’s throwing the year gone by a funeral anyway.
The rapper has dropped Up, her first single and music video since the cultural moment that was WAP, and she’s going as hard as ever.
The video opens with Cardi placing one of her Louboutins on the chest of a stone body in a graveyard, before we see that the headstone reads ‘RIP 2020’.
Showing that the big budget splashed on WAP wasn’t a one time thing, Cardi spits rhymes with a wig made of Barbie doll heads, before she reclines in a giant clam shell with four dancers.
Things get a bit raunchy as the 28-year-old kisses the other women, as well as showing off a branded vibrator – hey, makes a change from all that Beats product placement.
Throw in a near-nude Cardi sipping on champagne and a very Missy Elliot scene of the star and her girls dancing all in black on a 90s throwback rotating platform, and there’s plenty to feast your eyes on.
The lyrics are full of the cocky lines we’ve come to expect and love, with Cardi rapping: ‘I said my face bomb, a** tight/ Racks stack up Shaq height/ Jewellery on me, flashlight/ I been lit since last night/ Hit him with that good good/ Make a n**** act right/ Broke boys don’t deserve no p***y.’
Speaking about the music video, Cardi said that she flew director Tanu Muino out from the Ukraine to bring her vision to life.
She said: ‘I wanted to do something really different. It took me more than a month…we started rehearsing in December for this moment…The grind don’t stop.’
The star, real name Belcalis Almanzar then shared that she ‘wanted a more hood song. I thought that my last song was more sexy…I wanted to do something more gangster, more cocky.’
Speaking to Zane Lowe, Cardi said: ‘My last song was very sexual, very sexual. So I always want my next songs to be different than the one before. If a topic on one of my songs is money, the other topic I want it to be about something else.
‘When I started rapping, when I first put music out, like my mixtape, it was all… This might sound crazy, but I got really inspired of Drill Chicago music. I was young, and I liked that and everything, so my mixtape was very all about gangster violence. If it’s up, then it’s stuck. That’s where I wanted to take it with this record.’
Up comes from Cardi’s eagerly anticipated second album, following the success of 2018’s Invasion of Privacy.
Up has a lot to live up to following the success of WAP, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, which topped many end of year lists.
The sex positive anthem hit number one across the world, including the UK and the US, and broke the record for the largest opening streaming week for a song in United States history.
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