Regarding her use of songwriters in the studio to assist her in the composition of some of the music she produces, Cardi B has defended herself. The rapper of “Bongos” was first replying to a piece that The Neighborhood Talk published in which she claimed that Hip Hop originated in the Bronx while attending the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. She then replied to a user who had allegedly criticized her for having poor lyrical skills as a solo singer.
Cardi B explained,
“I started music before LHH [Love and Hip Hop] and wrote about MY struggles and life as a dancer,” “Go listen to them mixtapes also I went to school for musical theatre and technology.”
“Just because somebody might help me with a hook means nothing. Look at all ya fav artists credits they all do receive some type of help.”
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) September 16, 2023
The Bronx superstar used IG live earlier this week to address Joe Budden’s purported personal critique of her new single “Bongos” to keep people in check. Cardi claimed that she didn’t agree with all of the criticism directed at her racy joint project with Megan Thee Stallion.
“I just feel like he has an issue with me,” “And it was beyond the critique of ‘Bongos’ — it’s just you inviting bitches who said the rudest, nastiest shit … when Mal and Rory say fuck shit about you, you get so defensive and you want to clear it up.
“You came at Taxstone because Taxstone said something about you. You expect people to understand you and you expect people to take your side.”
After learning of Cardi B’s response, Joe Budden responded on the most recent episode of his self-titled podcast. The former Slaughterhouse MC cited all the occasions when he had praised her and questioned why she had chosen to draw attention to the “one time” he had disparaged her.
He went on,
“Don’t play with me like that because y’all know I fuck with Cardi,” “But I stand on what I said about the song. And I said it pretty respectfully.” “I ain’t here to shatter nobody’s dreams… For me, it’s if I didn’t hear nothing from none of y’all the nine million times I bigged you up, I definitely don’t want to hear from you the one time I didn’t.”
Budden criticized “Bongos” earlier this week, claiming it sounded like “two women that can’t make a song” and that the music was “contrived” and resembled a “science project” created by “AI.” On a prior episode of his podcast, he had stated,
“I hate the song. It’s not better than any of the songs like it. ‘WAP,’ ‘Up,’ it’s not better than Cardi B feature,”