Cardi B is back in full force. Following the release of her widely praised single, “WAP,” alongside Megan Thee Stallion, the rapper’s cover story with Elle Magazine has been released. During the interview, the 27-year-old opened up about her political views, male rappers being silent on Breonna Taylor’s murder, and her forthcoming album.
Sharing the same sentiments as millions of other Americans, the Grammy winner said that Donald Trump needs to be booted from the White House this election year for his inability to make any effective change.
“Those people that he caters [to], he’s not going to do anything for them. It’s not like Republicans are getting better housing. It’s not like Republicans are getting better benefits. They’re not. He’s not doing anything for anybody. He’s just saying things that appease the same people.” She went on to explain the type of leader she wants to see going forward. “I want a president who makes me feel secure. I want a president who understands the pain of the people. I want a president who is going to give us answers,” she said wistfully. “That’s why I like [New York governor Andrew] Cuomo. I like him because he makes me feel like he’s listening to me.”
She then opened up about the murder of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor, who was murdered by police who barged into her home on a no-knock warrant. Cardi expressed her disappointment in the male rappers who have been silent when it comes to the murder of the young black woman, who she said was a fan of many of the rappers who aren’t standing up for her.
“What they did to her is really fucked up. Really fucked up. What’s the excuse? Why is the cop not in jail? Wasn’t what he did a crime? It’s a crime! And no apology. No apology. No video of the cop coming out crying, ‘I fucked up. I don’t this. I don’t that.’ Nothing. It’s nothing. I don’t even know how her mom still holds her head up. Unbelievable.” She continued on, saying,” A woman like Breonna Taylor, she was young. She looked like she was listening to your music. She looked like she was your fan. You should stick up for her.”
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper also took a moment to dish on her highly anticipated sophomore album, which will provide a perfect balance between boosting women’s confidence and sharing glimpses of her relationship with her husband, Offset.
“My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch. When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment,” she explained. “But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it’s going to have my Lemonade moments, my personal relationship moments,” she said, before adding, “I don’t really like talking about love much, but I feel like I have to do it, just because I want people to know a little bit. There’s always rumors about me and my husband, and I feel like people would rather start rumors because they want me to be heartbroken. They want me to be hurt.”