Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy follow-up is one of 2021’s most-anticipated hip-hop releases, but the Bronx rapper is still ironing out the details. In a new interview with Zane Lowe, Cardi explained that she recorded over 50 songs for the project and feels pressure to put it out, but still hasn’t made final decisions.
“I really wanted to put out an album last year, but it was like, ‘I feel like I don’t have the right songs,’” she said. “I have recorded so many songs. I think I’ve got like 50 songs recorded, and I’m just still not satisfied. If I’m not satisfied, I’m just not satisfied, but I really want to put out an album this year. I feel like I have no choice now. Now, I feel like I exceeded my limit of holding. I just need to stop with the fear.”
Cardi noted that she’s conflicted about how to focus her project’s sound.
“I don’t know what should be the base of my album sometimes,” she said. “I be like damn, should most of my songs be freaky songs? Should most of my songs be about tricking? I got my sensitive songs, and it’s like, ‘Are they enough? Are they explaining my feelings enough?’ I got f-cking three potential intros.”
She also noted that the pandemic has made it difficult to lay concrete plans when things like tour and promo are still so uncertain.
“You want to go on tour after you drop your album… It’s hard, right now, also, to do music when nothing is happening,” she said. “We’re not doing nothing. What can I rap about? You’re not really doing sh-t. And I’m not a person that likes to talk about my sensitive feelings. I don’t like to always rap about when I’m super sad and everything.”
It’s worth noting that back in 2017, Cardi expressed similar hesitation about the release of Invasion of Privacyundefined, saying she felt pressured to build on the success of “Bodak Yellow.” That project went on to be a multi-Platinum smash.
Cardi’s sophomore album doesn’t have a release date yet, but she’s expected to drop it sometime this year. Catch up on all the lyrics to Invasion of Privacyundefined on Genius now.