Cardi B can’t be stopped. The Bronx bred rapper graces the September cover of ELLE Magazine with styling by Kollin Carter, hair by Tokyo Stylez, makeup from Erika La Pearl, fashion direction by Alex White, photos by Steven Klein and Marjon Carlos on pen duty… With Cardi gearing up for the release of her sophomore album, it’s a very extensive interview, with Cardi weighing in about her political stance, the importance of arresting the cops who killed Breonna Taylor, the critics who tried to cancel her and her high profile marriage to Migos rapper Offset.
Check out some key quotes via ELLE below:
On 45 and why she wants him out of office:
“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. 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. That’s why I like [New York governor Andrew] Cuomo. I like him because he makes me feel like he’s listening to me.”
On Breonna Taylor’s death:
“That is so insane to me. [I saw] Breonna Taylor’s name everywhere, but I didn’t really know her story. What they did to her is really f**ked up. Really f**ked 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 f**ked 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.”
On wishing more male rappers would speak out about Breonna Taylor:
“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.”
We love that she’s using her platform to demand justice for Breonna Taylor. We hope she continues to be relentless in her quest for justice.
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Cardi also talks about what fans can expect from her upcoming album. She’s asked directly if she’ll take a feminist approach and whether she’ll have Lemonade moments, and she’s also asked about the current musical landscape, where the “Say So” remix featuring Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj topped the charts alongside Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé’s “Savage remix.
On her new album:
“My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad b**ch. When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest b**ch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment. But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it’s going to have my Lemonade moments, my personal relationship moments…I didn’t really like how my last song performed, so I just got my creativity back. I don’t want to just put out a single and have people buy it because I’m Cardi. I want to put out really good music.”
On having confidence in herself:
“I bring something different. I am me, and that’s how I’ve been since the club,” she says. “I know when I get on the stage, I don’t give a fu** if the next bi***, or the bi*** before me, was better than me. I know I’m going to get my coins. I know I’m bad because I’m different. I do different moves. I got a different bod. So, when these women are teasing everything, it’s expected. Don’t think that you’re going to have all the money in the strip club. Don’t think that every man is going to only give you the money. So don’t expect you to be the only one who’s going to hold number one on the Billboard [charts]. You’ve got to be confident in your own craft.”
On her relationship with her husband, Offset:
“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. I do know that my relationship has a lot of drama and everything. But there’s a lot of love, there’s a lot of passion, there’s a lot of trust, there’s a big friendship. It’s always us against the world. If you all are so curious to know about my relationship and blah, blah, blah, I’m going to put it in the f**kin’ music, and you can buy it, too. I’m not going to give it to you all for free.”
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Cardi also directly addressed the haters and people who have been trying to take her down.
On her supposed ghost account leading to the viral hashtag #CardiBIsOver:
“I cannot believe 73 people are trying to cancel me over a lie. Can you imagine me having a fake Instagram account to talk s**t about different artists that I don’t even think about? I’m 27 years old, you know what I’m saying? I’m 27 years old and I have big bills, big responsibilities, and a kid who’s on my a** a lot. If I don’t f**king like somebody, I am going to let them know I don’t f**king like them, or I don’t f**k with them, or I’m not feeling their energy. I’m not going to make a fake Instagram trolling artists, talking s**t about artists. Are you crazy?”
On her constant cancellations:
“It’s like I have a target on my back, but it’s not because of my music. Because I haven’t done music for eight months, and people still try to attack me. I feel like people are attacking me because they want me to feel the pressure of bullying, and they want me to give up, and they want me to say, ‘Oh, I quit music’ or ‘I’ll delete my Instagram, delete my Twitter,’ and I’m not willing to do that. No one will ever have that much power [over] me.”
It’s crazy that Cardi can be so polarizing. People like her because she’s genuine but then try to cancel her for the same reason. Check out more images from the magazine below:
We can’t believe that this was her first ELLE cover. Congrats Cardi!