Cardi B scores the no. 1 song in the country and an interview with Joe Biden on the same day.
It’s a busy news day for Cardi B. This morning Elle posted an interview between the “WAP” rapper and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Their conversation covers a broad swath of topics including police brutality, medicare-for-all, parenthood, and the current administration’s failure to appropriately respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
When asked what her main interest in this election is though, Cardi boiled it down to one thing: the cold, hard-core truth.
“I have a whole list of things that I want our next president to do for us. But first, I just want Trump out. His mouth gets us in trouble so much. I don’t want to be lied to—we’re dealing with a pandemic right now, and I just want answers. I want to know when this will be over––I want to go back to my job. But I don’t want someone to lie to me and tell me that it’s okay not to wear a mask, that everything is going to be okay. I want a president to tell me what the steps are for us to get better, to tell me, ‘This is why it is taking so long, this is why other countries are doing better than ours.’ Tell me the truth, the hard-core truth.”
Cardi, an avid Bernie Sanders supporter during the primaries, also demanded universal health care, tuition-free university, and for an end to police brutality. “I’m tired of it. I’m sick of it,” she said. “I just want laws that are fair to Black citizens and that are fair for cops, too. If you kill somebody who doesn’t have a weapon on them, you go to jail. You know what? If I kill somebody, I’ve got to go to jail. You gotta go to jail, too.”
The conversation touched on the struggles of raising children as a working parent, and the need for better public childcare systems. After opening up about the accident that took his wife and daughter, Biden mentioned how many single parents do not have the support system he did. “Thank God, I had my sister and my brother and my mother, who helped me. But look at all the people who don’t have that kind of help.”
Cardi found common ground with the septuagenarian, responding that, “nobody is more motivated than a mom. Nobody wants to go hustle out there and get the money for the kid like a mother. [But] how are you supposed to do that when you probably don’t have a babysitter for your kid? Fortunately for me, I have my mom to help take care of my child, but a lot of people, their mom cannot retire and take care of the kids. The mom has to work, too.”
Despite the struggles America currently faces, Biden still expresses optimism for the future. “The reason I’m so optimistic is because of your generation,” he told Cardi. “You’re the smartest, the best educated, the least prejudiced, and the most engaged generation in history. And you’re going to change things. I really mean it!”
“WAP” breaks records.
In other Cardi B news, her newest Megan Thee Stallion assisted single “WAP” debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her fourth no. 1 broke the record for first-week streams with 93 million. It surpasses Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings,” which hauled in 85.3 million streams in February 2019.
Since October 7, when Bodak Yellow hit the top of the charts, Cardi B ties Drake, Grande, and Post Malone for the most no. 1’s of any artist in that period.