I’d rather just go to my OnlyFans because it’s only my fans there. If you a hating-ass bitch and you pay $4.99 to see me talk shit, you not really someone that hates Cardi. You a bitch that really loves Cardi.
On your forthcoming second album, do you feel like you were able to open up in the way you do on social media?
Kinda sorta, but then again, when it comes to me writing or putting ideas of my personal life [in the music], I get really shy. When I perform songs like “Be Careful” or “Ring,” I usually close my eyes because I get really shy about showing that lovey-dovey side. Even to my engineer, I start giggling. I be like, “Oh, my God, I can’t. This is so embarrassing.”
When I started becoming an artist, I got influenced by a lot of Chicago drill music. That’s the type of artist I always wanted to be: I like to rap about the streets, and I like to rap about my pussy. I don’t give a fuck about it. When it was time to get more creative with my love side or my R&B side, I was like, “This makes me feel weird and uncomfortable.” I’m getting better at it.
I have one song that is very personal and deep. It’s with another female artist, but even when I was recording it, I had to take a lot of breaks. I was looking at my engineer and he was looking like, “Yeah, Cardi, I feel you.”
Did you tear up while recording?
The only song that has ever made me tear up hasn’t come out, and it was about my daughter. I just felt like, “Can you guys stop looking at me recording this? Matter of fact, stop!” I really wanted to put the song out, but I was pregnant and had a really bad cold, so I didn’t sound right. My nose was just too stuffy. Putting it out now [would just be] weird because I’m not pregnant anymore.
How do you define happiness for yourself in 2020?