Cardi B, in an interview with Vogue magazine, reflected on the pressures she has experienced in her career so far. Following the perceived disappointment of her 2019 single Press which clung to the No. 16 Spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the Grammy-award winner confessed she feels like many spectators want success streak grind to a halt.
“I thought ‘Press’ was fun and it was gangsta, and then because it didn’t perform as good as my other songs, people was like, Oh, she’s a flop; oh, she’s dying out,” she said. “This whole year has just been a lot for me. I feel like people are just so tired of me winning. I will look for my name on Twitter, and it’s like hate tweets, hate tweets, hate tweets.”
Furthermore, Cardi described how the creation of her sophomore album has been much harder than her debut Invasion Of Privacy. She spoke on the balancing act she’s faced with following her breakthrough LP, which won a Grammy Award and dominated the Billboard charts.
“The first time it was just me being myself,” she remarked. “I didn’t even care if people was gonna like it or not. When I found out I did so good, I’m like, is this a big number? Everybody was like, yes, this is a huge number. So it’s scary because it’s like, now you got to top your first album, and then it’s like, damn. I wonder if people are gonna relate to the new things, to the new life, to the new shit that I gotta talk about now.”
Cardi added, “Music is changing. I feel like people just wanna hear twerk-twerk music, but it’s like, is that just a phase? I probably need a sexy song. I need a lot of turn-up songs. I need a slow song, a personal song. And those are harder for me—I always need help when it comes to talking about my feelings. It’s hard for me to be soft, period. So it’s a lot of thoughts, a lot of pressure. It’s really like a job.”