In a candid interview with I.D Vice, Cardi B shows the world just how normal she is. Like everyone else, she has also been affected by the coronavirus but has found a way to continue engaging with her fan base by creating an OnlyFans page.
Despite it being a platform most people associate with risqué postings, Cardi uses it as a safe space to talk directly to her fans and stans.
“Everything has completely changed because of the pandemic,” Cardi says. “You know, I was constantly on the road, now I’m mostly at home with my baby. Everything that I had planned for this year has to be rescheduled for God knows when. So it’s just crazy, it’s a lot.”
“I created an OnlyFans because people are stuck at home more, but also just because I wanted to be on an app where I can talk only and specifically to my fans,” she explains.
“There are certain times — a lot of times, actually — when I just want to talk to my fans, you know, my people. I don’t wanna go live on Instagram or say my opinions on social media because people twist it and spin it. There are certain things I want only my fans to see, you know? I wanna be more open about my insecurities, what makes me happy and what makes me sad. I wanna be extremely transparent. And I’m not even talking about my body, you know, just my life. I feel like not everybody deserves to see it.”
Cardi is not using the site for anything more but an additional social outlet that she appropriately connects with her fans through, giving them more insight into her work and personal life. “I feel like people are using it in a different way now, like the way I’m using it,” she shrugs. “But whatever way people are using OnlyFans, I don’t have a problem with it; you know what I’m saying? Like, if you’re making money and you’re supporting your family by any means… I do not care. Like, that’s your prerogative, I don’t judge you. I do not care.”
The Bronx-bred rapper collaborated with Houston lyricist Megan Thee Stallion in a hit record, Wap, with a masterpiece visual that broke the YouTube record for most views in 24 hours by an all-female collab. The video featured tigers, snakes, and other female artists. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“One of the scariest parts was the snake scene,” she reveals. “I was naked, and one of them peed all over me.” But there was an extra challenging layer added on to the video production, like the six figures spent on testing all involved for the virus.
“It was kind of weird shooting the video in the age of corona,” Cardi says. “Like, we had to spend $100,000 just on testing. Everybody on the shoot had to get tested for coronavirus. We had a tiger and a leopard there, but we didn’t film with them in there because of safety and because of the pandemic. We spliced those scenes together.”
A price tag that paid off now that the video has broken the internet and became a hot topic. Even the conservatives are mentioning it, but with harsh criticism. A video of Ben Shapiro showing prudish disgust while reading out the song’s lyrics recently surfaced and has since gone viral.
“I’ve been really surprised by the reaction, honestly,” Cardi admits. “I knew it was gonna have a big impact, I guess, because of me and Megan. But I didn’t know it was going to be so controversial. I never expected that you know, conservatives and Republicans were going to be talking about the song. I didn’t think the song was as vulgar as they said it was, you know? Like, I’m so used to it. I’m such a freak that I didn’t think it would be a big deal. I didn’t think people would think it was so out of this world…”
But Cardi says she unbothered, and it doesn’t make her angry; in fact, its makes her the opposite. “It makes me happy. They keep talking, and the numbers keep going up. At the end of the day, whatever they’re saying, the numbers speak for themselves.”
On Wednesday, ‘WAP’ became the first all-female rap collaboration in history to top the chart on Spotify, and Billboard deemed it “one of the best selling debuts this century.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Most importantly and possibly most controversially, it’s a song that doesn’t care about the Ben Shapiros of the world and reminds women that they are active agents in their own sexuality, which is the complete opposite of the passive vessels some men would like us to submit to. Cardi and Megan just use different terminology in a more aggressive manner than people like Shapiro are used to, but who cares.
“I always encourage people to be confident, especially when it comes to your sexuality,” Cardi says. “Some of these men are uncomfortable; they’re not even comfortable being sensual. Maybe you’re conservative, but everybody got a little freak inside them, you know? Every single person. Everybody gets horny; everybody gets a little tingle down there, you know what I’m saying. Just embrace it. Don’t be scared about it.”
And as for Carole Baskin, who threw herself into the ‘WAP’ mix, claiming the video encouraged animal cruelty with its use of big cats, Cardi responded shortly, “I’m not gonna engage with Carole Baskin on that,” she says. “Like, that’s just ridiculous, you know? Oh, Lord. Like, girl, you killed your goddamn husband.”
That’ll teach em.