Cardi feels she was not afforded the same opportunity as her male counterparts before being written off. “You’re always under pressure and then I feel like it’s not fair because there are male artists that will go two years without putting a fu**ing song out and they don’t be like, ‘Oh, you’re irrelevant. It’s over for you.'”
She admits that the pressure took a toll on her. “I didn’t put out songs for nine months and it’s like, ‘Oh, she’s irrelevant. She’s over. She’s a flop. We told you that.’ That type of shit started to get to me, like crush me.”
However, she refused to release something she wasn’t proud of. “I feel like I’m not gonna let that shit get to me to the point that I’m gonna put out a song that I’m not really in love with just ’cause.”
In the end, she proved her naysayers wrong. “WAP” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 93 million U.S. streams, the biggest ever for a song in its first week of release.