MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 31: Cardi B attends "The Road to F9" Global Fan Extravaganza at Maurice A. Ferre Park on January 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Before Cardi B topped the charts with her latest hit single “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, the Bronx rapper felt pressure to drop another hit. Cardi recently did an interview and the Grammy Award-winning rapper talked about the anxiety she felt about topping her debut album Invasion of Privacy. 

“I just felt like I was under a lot of pressure,” Cardi B said. “Like if you don’t have like a super crazy smash, it’s like, ‘Oh you flop, flop, flop.’ The song could be like 2x platinum.”

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 01: Cardi B. attends the Chanel Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 01, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The “Money” rapper spoke about the double standards in hip-hop.  “You’re always under pressure and then I feel like it’s not fair because there are male artists that will go two years without putting a f—ing song out and they don’t be like, ‘Oh, you’re irrelevant. It’s over for you,’” she said.

She admitted that the pressure weighed on her. “I didn’t put out songs for nine months and it’s like, ‘Oh, she’s irrelevant. She’s over. She’s a flop. We told you that.’ That type of s— started to get to me, like crush me,” Cardi explained.

“I feel like I’m not gonna let that s— get to me to the point that I’m gonna put out a song that I’m not really in love with just ’cause.”

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.