Cardi B Teases Master Plan For Next Album: 'I Can't Just Go With What's Hot'

Cardi B has proven herself a triple threat this year, serving as a judge for Netflix's hip-hop competition Rhythm + Flow and acting alongside Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers. But now, she's ready to put her attention back on the music.  

"My album is on my mind 24/7," Cardi B tells Billboard. "It's practically all I'm focusing on."

The "Press" rapper has been working on her sophomore LP, and though she's faced some challenges in her creation process, Cardi assures that hasn't held her back. "There's certain music that I want to do, but I feel like, is people interested in that? I feel like things have changed. It's more like a twerk sound going on right now. It's just like, 'Should I just do my music around that?' But I cannot just go with what's hot. I still gotta go with what I want to do."

That's exactly the approach she took with her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, which worked out just fine: The LP topped the Billboard 200 and earned her a Grammy for best rap album. "I was going with what I want people to hear, and what I like, so that's what I'm doing now," Cardi adds. "I'm just having fun in the studio, because if you think, "My first album was like this, I gotta have the same recipe," it's just not gonna work."

Though Cardi is putting her album at the top of her to-do list, she's still managed to make time for more acting gigs, including her recently teased role in Fast and Furious 9. Cardi also disclosed that she'll be the lead in another upcoming film, though she couldn't disclose any further details about that project. She did disclose how she's feeling about all of this movie work, though: "I'm gonna need more acting classes," she says with a smile.

Cardi's now multi-faceted career all began with "Bodak Yellow" just over two years ago. As the rapper sets her sights on album two, Billboard couldn't help asking Cardi what she thinks the song's legacy is now. And naturally, she gave the most Cardi answer possible. 

"It's just the littest song of ever," she says. "Every party, every new year, every Cinco de Mayo, every Thanksgiving, it's just that type of song that you want to play to turn the party up. It's just that song. It's that song that makes you feel like that b--ch, that girl. 'Bodak Yellow' is that girl." Cardi also talked about how being part of Rhythm + Flow impacted her and whether she'd be up for a second season. Check out the full interview above.



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