With anticipation surrounding the release of her sophomore album. Cardi B recently sent her fans into a frenzy with the release of her new song and video, “Up.”
The single follows the mega-successful “WAP,” Cardi’s 2020 number one hit with Megan Thee Stallion. “Up” is not as sexy and provocative as its predecessor yet, it offers the same amount of confidence and cockiness that Cardi B is known for.
In an interview with Apple Music, Cardi B stated that she wanted to step away from her super sexy music. And move towards music that is more gangsta. Five days before the release, Cardi B took to her Instagram to state that she had an announcement to make while the sounds of Truth Hurts’ “Addictive” played in the background. This left many to believe the new song would contain a sample of the 2002 hit (which would not be the case).
The following day, Cardi dropped a promo image for “Up” with the release date of February 5th in the caption. The song has already been met with controversy, with Cardi B being accused of plagiarism. New Jersey rappers Mir Pesos and Mir Fontane took to Twitter alleging that Cardi B stole the hook of their 2020 song “Stuck.” They then posted a side by side clips of each other’s songs, allowing the fans to hear the distinct similarities.
Cardi responded, saying that she never heard of the two rappers. She posted a clip of a video with Megan Thee Stallion. Where you can see her reciting the lyrics to “UP” well before its release. Fans argue that “If it’s up, then its stuck” is a common phrase around the New Jersey area. Time will determine how this will play out.
Like her previous music videos, Cardi B gives high fashion, bright colors, sexiness, and a slew of shock value moments, like French kissing two ladies at the same time. One of the major moments of the video is the dancing, which was choreographed by Sean Bankhead (Missy Elliott, Saweetie, City Girls). It is sure to spark some TikToc challenges.
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