Cardi B Unleashes On Tabloids in New Single 'Press'—So, Are Folks Pressed About It?

Cardi B performs onstage as Fashion Nova Presents: Party With Cardi on May 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Cardi B performs onstage as Fashion Nova Presents: Party With Cardi on May 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo: Jerritt Clark (Getty Images for Fashion Nova)

“Pop up, guess who, bitch?!” Cardi, that’s who.


The outspoken rapper is back with a new single called “Press.” And the name speaks for itself—the song is about the press, as in, the news, the blogs, and the tabloids.

The single is a quickie and Cardi goes hard on several topics including her daughter Kulture, “bitches in [her] business,” and how she’s basically done talkin’ and is about that action.

If you recall correctly, I did note how much I wanted Cardi to stop caring so much about what others thought of her. Not everything warrants a public statement. Especially not on social media, where that abrupt reaction you made while in the throes of anger will live forever, even once you’re able to sit with and process everything.

Hell, she should’ve led with this single, to be honest. That’s what artists do. They express themselves through art. Might as well secure more bags out of it.


Of course, the single is trending on Twitter and folks have dropped their immediate reactions:


Let’s just say, the single got folks pressed to fight.


You can listen to the single below:

Cardi B - Press (Official Audio) / Cardi B (YouTube)

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This is why she made it. No one who could use their platform for good would have been pushed this hard by the publicity machine.

I’m usually not in the “why does this site report about Cardi?” camp but I’m struggling to see the purpose of so many shallow articles about her doing something average and giving her free promo. Does The Root get ad dollars from it? Do these bylines really do numbers like the gossip rag stuff you’d see on Jezebel or a Mona Scott Young show?

Not everything gotta be serious but you have a ton of black writers on Twitter right now talking about how Vice and Teen Vogue have stolen their pitches and given them to non-black writers. Surely the “real estate” here would be better served with them instead? They write about all sorts of entertainment too.