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The wait is over and Cardi B is putting her foot on the gas with ‘Like What (Freestyle)’

Written by on 03/01/2024

The wait is over and Cardi B is putting her foot on the gas. On Friday, the rapper dropped her first solo single in three years, “Like What (Freestyle),” along with a music video that warns both fans and foes alike that this is just the beginning.

The freestyle samples Missy Elliot’s iconic track “She’s A B**ch,” with a visual that perfectly encapsulates Cardi’s brazenly lavish style. The GRAMMY winner unleashes on those with one-sided beef against her as she reminds them, “I ain’t even got dressed, any L that I took come after YS, oh man!”

“Classy and a c*nt / Blocks and money gettin’ spunt / Like what? / Like a Coach bag, baby, this ain’t what you want / If I ask for it, all I wanna hear is, ‘Yes’ / B*tch said she wanna be my opp, God bless / Look, I ain’t even got dressed / Any L that I took, come after YS,” she raps on the song’s chorus.

As fans have come to expect from the mother of two, the video features Cardi in an assortment of designer looks that flaunt her curves as she eats sushi out of a YSL bag by a pool.

The end credits reveal that the video was directed by the rapper’s estranged husband, Offset, and that more music is on the way.

“This is just the beginning…stay tuned,” reads a screen at the end of the visual.

Watch the music video for “Like What (Freestyle)” below.

“Like What (Freestyle)” marks Cardi’s first solo record since 2021’s “Up,” which earned her fifth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit.

Cardi surprised her fans, formally known as the Bardi Gang, when she teased the new track’s release on her Instagram page earlier this week. She shared a snippet of the track via her Instagram Story a week after Offset took to his own Story to encourage the “WAP” rapper to drop her new music.

In the since-expired and muted video, the former Migos group member is seen bobbing his head to the unheard audio with a satisfied face. He wrote on the slide, “Stop being scary and drop the album sh- goes crazy,” with a line of fire emojis.

On Wednesday, Cardi shared the album artwork for the single, announcing that it would be dropping Friday with the caption “YA FOUND ME.” Although she hasn’t revealed if the new song is a standalone release or part of a full-length project, the drop has been fueling speculation that she may release her sophomore album soon.