This was one of the hardest months to pick in a real long time, with a ton of rap released from artists such as Saba, J. Cole, PRhyme, Tink, Carnage, Del the Funky Homosapien, Smoke DZA, Janelle Monáe, CupcakKe, Maliibu Mitch, Wiley, and even the return of Nicki Minaj, but none could dethrone one such Queen from the attention she deserved.
It was a real tough choice, and if I could three-way-tie it between Saba’s “Prom/King,” Nicki Minaj’s “Chun-Li,” and Cardi B’s “I Do,” then I would, but that’s not how it works around here. Sure, I’m the one who makes the rules and I can break them however I see fit, but I know deep down that there must only be one.
Saba’s record was amazing, as was Nicki’s comeback, but Cardi B’s record, though decent at best, still proved that the climate of rap was evolving, and that two female rappers didn’t have to fight it out for the same place. There not only could be more than one female MC, but there already was. Cardi proved it on her SZA-assisted track “I Do” with a truly devastating second verse.
Read the lyrics via Genius and listen to Cardi B and SZA’s “I Do” below:
Cardi B – “I Do” 2nd Verse:
Look, broke hoes do what they can
Good girls do what they told
Bad bitches do what they want
That’s why a bitch is so cold
I’m a gangsta in a dress, I’m a bully in the bed
Only time that I’m a lady’s when I lay these hoes to rest
The coupe is roofless, but I get top in it
I’m provocative, it’s my prerogative
80K just to know what time is it
Cardi rockin’ it, go buy stock in it
Spent what I want, ain’t no limit
I say what I want, I ain’t never been timid
Only real shit comes out my mouth and only real niggas go in it
Leave his texts on read, leave his balls on blue
Put it on airplane mode so none of those calls come through
Here’s a word to my ladies, don’t you give these niggas none (give ’em none)
If they can make you richer, they can make you cum
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