Cardi B Offered A British Rapper A $1 Royalty Payment For Using Her Beat On An Old Song

As much of the music fan discourse on Twitter over the past week focused on royalty payments as a result of Kelis’ dispute with Beyonce over “Energy” — what they are, how they work, and who deserves them — it was probably only a matter of time until the discussion expanded to include other stars, as well.

As it turns out, Cardi B saw the searchlight swing in her direction thanks to a 2015 freestyle called “Cheap Ass Weave.” Cardi independently released a video for the song to YouTube long before she had blown up from her Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1 and 2 mixtapes, but the track still showcased her brash wit and unabashed charisma over a beat taken from British rapper Lady Leshurr’s single “Queen’s Speech 4,” released earlier that year.

Perhaps spurred by the ongoing debates about royalties, Leshurr tweeted about not being paid for Cardi’s use of the beat when popular Twitter fan account @girlsinrap recalled “Queen’s Speech 4” on the seven-year anniversary of its release. When a fan noticed it sounds just like “Cheap Ass Weave” (because, again, it’s a freestyle over the same beat), Leshurr replied, “You mind asking Cardi if she can break me off a likkle change she used my beat/idea before her big break and is now a millionaire and I got paid 0.”

Cardi, who apparently either follows Leshurr or was alerted by one of her fans, cheekily responded, “I made like 2 dollars of that song ….you want the other dollar ?”

Although it seems pretty clear that both were only partially serious (both their songs highlight their shared sarcastic senses of humor), Leshurr followed up, saying, “ould b nice but tbh I just wanted my credit & it’s mad I had to tweet banter 4 a response when I dm u years ago about it. I was cool wen I thought it was just YT cover but it’s on streaming sites as ‘cheap azz weave’ nw & urs comes up b4 mine so yes dollar & credit pls.”

Cardi, as always, was ready with a receipt, though, posting proof that Leshurr herself had already acknowledged that Cardi shouted her out in the song while also noting that any versions on DSPs were unauthorized and would be removed. “I don’t find the song on apple,” she wrote in a now-deleted response. “but it’s on any streaming service I will be makin sure it’s taking down including YouTube.” But because Cardi is Cardi, she couldn’t resist taking one last parting shot. “I will also make sure I send you your dollar.”

If only Cardi could handle her other copyright issues so easily. She’s has a week to look for a new lawyer after a lawsuit over her GBMV1 cover was postponed due to her original lawyer’s health issue. In that case, a California man whose tattoo was photoshopped onto a model on the cover is suing for $1 million for unauthorized use of his likeness.

Cardi B’s Long-Delayed Album Cover Tattoo Trial Was Postponed Again

The long-awaited trial over the cover art for Cardi B’s debut mixtape has been postponed again, according to Billboard.

The trial, which was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, was to begin on August 3. However, on Friday, Judge Cormac J. Carney moved the trial to October as Cardi’s original attorney will be unavailable due to a “serious illness.” She’ll now have a week to find a new attorney and begin preparing for the trial.

The case revolves around a 2017 lawsuit filed by California resident Kevin Brophy, who claims Cardi used his likeness without permission on the cover of Gangsta B*tch Music, Vol. 1; he claims that this violated his privacy and “humiliated” him among family and friends. The cover depicts Cardi sitting with her legs spread as a tattooed man kneeling in front of her appears to be engaged in oral sex.

While the original model consented to use his image on the cover, the tattoos on his back were photoshopped in by the graphic designer hired to create the cover. Brophy’s tattoos appeared on a Google search and were superimposed on the model. Brophy’s lawyer said that he “has had to face uncomfortable comments, questions, and ridicule, from community members and family” and that “his work and professional life have been unalterably damaged by his having to explain this unconsented-to, offensive, and malicious use of his image.”

Cardi’s lawyers, however, contended that there’s no real way Brophy’s tattoos would be recognizable, that the digital manipulation on the cover makes it protected by the First Amendment, and that Brophy is just trying to cash in. Meanwhile, Cardi herself has been putting the finishing touches on a new album featuring the single “Hot Sh*t.”

Cardi B is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Cardi B Celebrates Kulture’s 4th Birthday With Matching Mermaid Costumes

Go figure Cardi B’s daughter Kulture would choose an aquatic theme for her fourth birthday party. It’s kind of ironic considering that the mother-daughter duo was recently featured on an episode of Baby Shark’s Big Show! — Kulture’s fave, of course — on which Cardi debuted the kid-friendly “Seaweed Sway.” The pair became another kind of sea creature for the party, donning matching mermaid-inspired outfits in photos from the festivities Cardi posted on Instagram (Cardi’s look is, naturally, a little more risque).

The birthday blowouts Cardi and her husband Offset have thrown for their firstborn have become the stuff of entertainment industry legend. For Kulture’s first birthday, the couple reportedly dropped $400,000 — on what, we can only guess — but it appears they have gotten a little more frugal over time. Last year, they “only” spent $150,000 on a gift, giving fans a little more insight into the princess-themed party in response to fan backlash against what appeared to be an age-inappropriate present. Neighbors even called the police on Kulture’s second birthday party, but to be fair, that was during a pandemic.

But let’s be honest; the real beneficiary here is Wave, because Cardi and ‘Set are really going to have to go overboard (no pun intended) on his parties now that they’ve set the bar so high.

Cardi B is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Single Ladies: Cardi B Drops New Music Video, Latto Gives An Empowering Message, Beyonce Joins Tik Tok, Lizzo Releases New Album, Alicia Keys Drops New Music, Plus More!

Single Ladies

The ladies in the music industry continue to show us why they’re running things. From new drops to comebacks! Cardi B Drops New Music Video Cardi B has been buzzing in the news lately, from her new shoe collection to clearing up rumors,  Bardi’s comeback is just getting started.  Recently dropping the visuals to her new […]

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HER TRENDS: Recreate Cardi B’s Hot Sh*T Video Look With Products Shared By Her MUA

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We couldn’t help but notice how beautiful Cardi looked in the “Hot Sh*t video that dropped on Tuesday, July, 12 featuring Ye and Lil Durk.  The video shows Cardi defying gravity and scaling the NYC skyline, playing with fire in an all-white room, and an all-out icy diamond look from the jewelry, and make-up down to the stiletto nail tips. Cardi’s Glam Squad definitely understood the assignment when it came to creating the looks. Nothing about Cardi looked regular smegular in this video, and with Law Roach on fashion; Tokyo Styles on hair; Marie Nailz on the stiletto Crystal Clar nails and Erika La’Pearl on makeup, there was no detail overlooked. We became obsessed with everything about it, especially makeup. Thankfully for us, her MUA, Erika La’ Pearl revealed a few of her face card secrets and the exact products she used on her with all of her Instagram followers and we are forever grateful. To get the look, we gathered all the products and shopping info that you’ll need to keep your face card tight for the rest of the summer.  

The Diamond Look

Eyeliner   Shop Fleeky Crystal Crease Eyeliner, $19  

Lashes 

Lash Envy Bare 06, $5 

Overall Look

EYES

New Mothership X: Moonlit Seduction Eye Palette 

CHEEKS

Pat McGrath Labs x Brigerton Love at First Blush Divine Blush and Glow Trio, $52.

LIPS

PAT McGRATH LABS’ Lip Fetish Balm in ‘NUDE VENUS’, $38

Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in ‘CONTOUR’, $29

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Lizzo’s ‘I Love You B*tch’ Was Prompted By A Cardi B Tweet

When you’re writing music (or creating anything, really), inspiration can come from anywhere. When it comes to “I Love You B*tch” from Lizzo’s new album Special, it came directly from a Cardi B tweet.

Lizzo explained to Apple Music:

“‘I Love You B*tch’ came from a tweet, and it’s not the same as ‘Truth Hurts,’ so don’t come at me for royalties, Twitter. Shortly after ‘Rumors’ with Cardi B dropped, Cardi tweeted that she wanted to hear a love song from me next. And I was like, ‘OK, if Lizzo did a love song, what would it be? ‘I love you, b*tch?” It was one of those rare times where I had the title before the song. I got in the studio with Omer Fedi and Blake Slatkin and told them about my idea. Omer started playing the guitar, and I started freestyling to it. I’m from Houston, and there’s this Houston rapper named Z-Ro who has a song called ‘I Hate U B*tch.’ Suddenly I was like, hold up, what if I sang the ‘I Hate U B*tch’ melody but said ‘I love you, b*tch’ instead? It just came out, and it might be the greatest thing we’ve ever done. As I was writing the lyrics, I realized that I wanted to write a universal love song — one you could sing to the person you’re f*cking and your best friend, to your family or to someone you just met at a bar.”

As for the tweet Lizzo’s talking about, it’s as she described it: On October 19, 2021, Cardi tweeted, “I want a love song from Lizzo next.”

Listen to “I Love You B*tch” above.

Special is out now via Atlantic Records/Nice Life. Get it here.

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Cardi B Releases The ‘Hot Sh*t’ Music Video, Where She Dances On Top Of A City

At the beginning of the month, Cardi B unveiled the track “Hot Sh*t” with Lil Durk and Kanye West, and not without some teasing beforehand. Today, the music video is out, picturing Cardi dancing on the top of a city and strolling up and down the buildings in a revealing latex outfit.

This video was not released without any struggles. The rapper expressed issues in an interview the other day. “Oh my goodness, I don’t want to talk about the video because this video has brought me so much drama,” she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “So this is the first time I ever do CGI. I’m very particular on how I like my things, and I really like when things look super realistic. I like building sets, or I like to be in a place.” She added, “I couldn’t maneuver or move how I wanted to, because I was very confused. After I finished the video, I find out that this sh*t takes so long.” The wait has been worthwhile, and the CGI is quite impressive.

Watch the video for “Hot Sh*t” above.

Cardi B is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Cardi B Teases A Video For ‘Hot Sh*t’ After Expressing Some Technical Frustrations About Preparing It

At the beginning of the month, Cardi B continued the journey towards her long-awaited sophomore album by releasing “Hot Sh*t,” her fiery collaboration with Kanye West and Lil Durk. The track features three solid verses from the artists who all did well over Tay Keith’s thumping production. Now, almost two weeks after the song’s arrival, Cardi is finally ready to share a video for it. She announced the visual with a brief teaser video that captures her descending from the side of a skyscraper. Cardi also confirmed that the video will arrive on July 12 at 8pm ET.

Shortly after she released “Hot Sh*t,” Cardi explained why a video did not arrive together with the single.

“Oh my goodness, I don’t want to talk about the video because this video has brought me so much drama,” she said during an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “So this is the first time I ever do CGI. I’m very particular on how I like my things, and I really like when things look super realistic. I like building sets, or I like to be in a place.”

She continued, “I couldn’t maneuver or move how I wanted to, because I was very confused. After I finished the video, I find out that this sh*t takes so long. I did this video around March, and it’s still not even ready yet. And it’s just so frustrating that I’m like, ‘You know what? Just put the f*cking song out. I don’t even give a f*ck anymore. I’m over it.’”

You can watch the teaser video for “Hot Sh*t” above.

Cardi B is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.