Cardi B's 10 Best Features & Collabs: Critic's Picks

Cardi B
Ramona Rosales 

Cardi B photographed on Nov. 7, 2017 at Carondelet House in Los Angeles. 

Nobody got more out of the 365 days of 2017 than Cardi B. The Bronx native notched the first No. 1 record by a solo female rapper since 1998 with the anthemic "Bodak Yellow," and has only continued her historic rise since. Bardi was one of the most hard-working people in the industry over the course of the last year, making appearances at almost every notable musical event, award show and festival across the country. 

The 25-year-old songstress is dominating the charts, and currently has five records on the Billboard Hot 100 -- two as the lead artist and three features. The artist born Belicalis Almanzar joins The Beatles and Ashanti as the only artists to have their first three entries on the Hot 100 chart simultaneously.

Cardi has serious momentum moving into 2018, where she is expected to cap her hot streak at some point with the release of her debut album. "Bodak Yellow" also notched the rising MC her first pair of Grammy nominations, with the record up for both best rap song, as well as best rap performance. 

After hopping on Bruno Mars' '90s-themed "Finesse" remix to start off the new year with yet another potential hit, let's take a look at the top 10 features and co-leads Cardi B has amassed in her career thus far. The future for the Bardi Gang is brighter than the ring Offset gifted the former Love & Hip-hop star back in October.

10. Cashflow Harlem feat. Cardi B & Ryan Dudley – “Want My Love Back”

The "Bartier Cardi" artist finds herself in a love triangle in the theatrical "Want My Love Back" visual. Cashflow Harlem sets the tone of the record, while playing the dangerous game of hanging out with other women behind his girl's back. It eventually catches up to him by the video's end, as Cardi drives by his apartment building and finds him walking out conversing with another woman. An angry C.B. swiftly attacks her man and throws a cup of water on the home-wrecker, as Ryan Dudley repeatedly croons, "I just want my love back."

9. Red Café feat. Cardi B – “She a Bad One”

With a song title like "She a Bad One," it was only right to team up with Cardi for the Mossberg Montana-produced track. The Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol.1 artist spits her verse donning a white leather jacket at what looks to be a night club, as Red Cafe extravagantly tours around with numerous beautiful women by his side enjoying the nautical scene. Bay Area legend E-40 later makes an appearance on the record's remix. 

8. Phresher feat. Cardi B – “Right Now”

Boroughs collide when Brooklyn meets the Bronx as the NYC natives exchange hardcore bars, while letting you know what they want "Right Now." Cardi B's star shines brightest through the World Star Hip Hop-exclusive visual, which recently eclipsed the one million view mark on YouTube. Almanzar defuses the hate on yet another 2017 track -- letting everyone know she is not to be messed with, "Told that/ stupid bitch to pipe down/ Throwing shade and talking that shit/ Please do all of that in my town/ Yeah, that 4 train Bronx bound."

7. Juicy J feat. Cardi B – “Kamasutra”

The T.G.O.D. artist calls on Cardi for the assist on the raunchy "Kamasutra." The "Bodak Yellow" artist taps into her sexual side, while caressing the chorus and repeatedly rapping, "Boy, you better fuck me all night." The Kama Sutra is actually an old Indian scripture that explores the history of sexual intercourse. Cardi keeps the coitus theme rolling into her verse with shrewd wordplay, while paying homage to R-Kelly's turn-of-the-century smash "Ignition": "Baby, I'm hot, I'm fresh out the kitchen/ Won't you come put your key in my ignition?"

6. Ozuna feat. Cardi B – “La Modelo”

The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico come together on this dancehall-influenced record. Ozuna detailed how the collaboration came together, telling Billboard the pair met at an NYC show back in 2016. As he was moving through the Philadelphia area, the 25-year-old once again reached out to Cardi on social media and the potential collaboration began to materialize. The reggaeton artist continued, "I had never brought someone like Cardi B to my own music. When you listen, you will say, 'Wow, that woman is amazing, in English and in Spanish.' That for me is the real duet: a dominant artist who sings in Spanish."

5. Offset & Cardi B – “Um Yea”

Offset connects with his wifey on the DJ Durel-produced song, which appeared as one of the 30 cuts from QC's Quality Control: Control The Streets Vol.1 compilation album. Bardi handles the closing verse of the record, where she compares her lavish ways to New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's legendary career in the Bronx. This surely won't be the last time we hear the recently engaged couple team up on a track. 

4. D.R.A.M. feat. Cardi B – “Cute” (Remix)

Big Baby D.R.A.M. enlisted Cardi for the remix to his 2016 single "Cute." The Bronx MC injects a brash verse to contrast with the Virginia native's childlike innocence on the bookends of the Charlie Heat-produced record. Belcalis predicts her rise in hip-hop, while confidently rapping, "I'm the hottest bitch in the streets/ I'm the hottest bitch in the game/ Know I'm the wettest bitch in the sheets/ All them little bitches you fuck/ Yeah, they're cute, but they are not me."

3. Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – “Finesse” (Remix)

This Stereotypes-produced record originally appeared on Bruno's 2016 24k Magic album, without Cardi. The rumored collaboration hit the masses to open the new year on Jan. 3 with a coinciding visual, which was inspired by one of the pop artist's favorite '90s television shows, In Living Color. Mars took to Instagram to explain how his friendship with Cardi was born: "I met Cardi B at 3 am after my show in LA backstage where we recorded her verse for 'Finesse.' She walked in the room and she was everything I’d hope she’d be. Never change Cardi! Don’t let this crazy music business change who you are. You [possess] something that can’t be taught. You’re a true star. Thank you for putting your energy and love all over this record and video."

2. Migos, Cardi B & Nicki Minaj – “Motorsport”

"Motorsport" began the countdown toward Migos' highly anticipated Culture II, as the project's lead single. Cardi B joined Nicki and the Migos on the star-powered record, which recently peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Speculation ran rampant on social media with cryptic theories regarding how Minaj and Bardi were upset about being on the record together, but rumors of such feuding have since been dismissed by all parties. The futuristic "Motorsport" visual hit the public after being delayed on December 7, and has since accumulated 97 million views in just a month. Cardi continues to attack her detractors on her cameo, while memorably declaring herself the "Trap Selena" to close out her verse.

1. G-Eazy feat. Cardi B & A$AP Rocky – “No Limit”

This Boi-1da-produced single helped power G-Eazy's third studio album, The Beautiful & Damned, to a top 5 debut on the Billboard 200. Cardi and A$AP Rocky deliver superstar assists, which have helped the record reach a new peak on the Hot 100, currently sitting at No. 4. The tuneful record was released in the midst of "Bodak Yellow" surging toward No. 1 status -- just weeks before it actually came to fruition (Sept. 8). Bardi takes aim at her haters on her turn, rapping, "Swear these hoes run they mouth, how these hoes out of shape? / Can you stop with all the subs? Bitch, I ain’t Jared."


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