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The wait is over for new music from two of the hottest names in the rap game. On Friday, Cardi and Meg treated fans to a twerktastic unique sound and eye-popping visuals to accompany their high-energy single. Before the release, Cardi warned Billboard not to expect them to keep the same energy as their 2020 #1 Billboard hit “W.A.P.” Instead, they delivered a Brazillian beats beach bonanza that has the entire internet talking.
Cardi joked that she and Megan tricked fans with the “W.A.P.”-like cover image for the single.
“It’s a different theme and the video is like a whole complete different type of theme,” she explained about the “intricate” and “beautiful” video.
Megan Thee Stallion on her friendship with Cardi B:
“For me as a person, I don’t really—this space that I’m in mentally, I’m not like fooling with too many people that don’t give me good vibes, good energy. I have literally created boundaries. And Cardi is somebody that I want… pic.twitter.com/YgPwEVTfh2
As much fun as they have teamed up together, Cardi and Meg took their experiment with the new sound very seriously.
“We put in our sweat and everything. It’s like on some ‘b*tch, you jump, I jump… if you wit it, I’m wit it. We’re gonna do it.’ We worked so hard on the music video. You’re gonna see… that’s thought put into that,” she continued.
On YouTube Live before the video premiere, the Grammy winners gushed about making magic on “Bongos.” Cardi said she was excited but nervous to approach the kind of funk and Dominican Dembow music she loves. “It’s something that I listen to but not something that I do,” she explained.
It’s the fact Megan basically said ain’t nobody as genuine as cardi. These other girls really been treating her badly and I hate that. She shouldn’t be the only girls girl in an industry like this but women suck so there’s that https://t.co/KLEkcjROBD
After laying down some verses, it just didn’t feel dynamic enough without a feature. Despite advice to work with another Latin artist, Cardi knew it wouldn’t be complete without Thee Stallion blessing this track. “I hear Megan on it! And as soon as I got the verses back, I was like, ‘See? I told y’all n*ggas!”
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The “Bongos” beat was also outside Meg’s comfort zone, but she’s never scared of a challenge.
“I was so happy when I got the song because it doesn’t sound like anything that’s out right now. And I feel like it challenged me to rap in a different way. I never rapped over a beat like this. I was like ‘Oh, she wants me to put my foot in this! I can do this for her,” Meg explained.
this part where meg and cardi discuss their friendship was the highlight of that live for me. my favessss pic.twitter.com/2RcWltXDAH
Watch Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s entire conversation below.
Check out the “Bongos” video, details about the looks, and social media reactions after the flip!
Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion Serve Stunning Brazillian Beach Vibes In The “Bongos” Visuals
The gorgeous video went just as hard as the lyrics and Latin beat. The baddies showed off their beach bodies and copious curves in colorful custom fits and super sexy swimsuits. Cardi came out of the gates in intricate turquoise, hot pink, and bright yellow Harris Reed demi-couture headpieces from a Vivienne Lake collaboration.
Then, she followed up the stunning series with a bright red bikini made entirely of box braids.
Kudos to Cardi B for embracing a fresh dembow/funk sound and staying true to her artistic vision. Taking risks and being experimental always leads to growth as an artist. #Bongospic.twitter.com/eriOdkkjw4
As Cardi previously said, the streets determine whether the song she and Meg love is a hit, and they’re definitely talking! In less than 12 hours, the video is number 1 on YouTube with over 2 million views. Check out the reactions online to “Bongos.”
Offset posted on his IG story rapping along to Cardi’s verse off her and Megan Thee Stallion’s new song #Bongos 🔥🔥🔥 Available Now on All Platforms‼️ pic.twitter.com/RHnYl09BHt
Overall, ‘Bongos’ is something that both Cardi and her fans should be very proud of. It’s a prime example of her growth as an artist and making music she believes in vs just chasing the sounds that are currently going viral on social media. Once again, setting the standard.
meg has made songs about anxiety, losing friends, misogynoir, being back stabbed, grief/losing loved ones, & the trauma of being shot. it’s cool if you’re not listening to her projects fully but to say she’s never rapped about anything with “substance” is absurd & a blatant lie.
#Bongos is a perfect example of Cardi’s artistry and her ear for music. Despite the producers wanting a Latin artist on the song, Cardi knew MEG needed to be the one on the track and would ride the beat perfectly, and sis was right yet again. pic.twitter.com/HIugp4aOqD
Cardi has one group of unhinged people hating on her and Meg has another group of unhinged MEN hating on her like i really hope this song goes to #1 because I’m seeing some real overtime hating rn. Like the checks CLEARED.
This was my fav line on the record “I know stiff hoes can’t relate” 😛 Meg ATE. My girl looked flawless. Cardi x Meg is the collab I want to see soo much more of. They’re just so cute together and they really be besties #Bongospic.twitter.com/pDKg9hQats