Cardi has dominated the online conversation for the past five days as her debut album Invasion of Privacy and news of her pregnancy have become topics that everyone has an opinion on. The Bronx rapper also took over television screens with a performance at SNL over the weekend and a guest hosting spot with Jimmy Fallon last night. Cardi got the chance to expand on these developments this morning in a candid interview with The Breakfast Club.
Cardi talked about whether or not money is her primary motivation right now or if she's doing it for the music:
"I enjoy doing music. Lately, it's been a little so-so because I feel like people have made it something that is so hard to enjoy. People have made it for me like it's a job. At first it was fun. At first it was just doing music that I like. Now people have this pressure for me and people want to put me in these standards that I never asked for."
Cardi also spoke about her decision to have her first child with Migos' Offset and how people's reaction to her pregnancy has affected her:
"I just didn't want to deal with the whole abortion thing. You know what, I'm a grown woman. I'm 25-years-old. I'm gonna say this in the most humblest way: I'm a shmillionaire. And I'm prepared for this."
"It really bothers me and disgusts me because I see a lot of women online like, 'Oh, I feel sorry for you. Oh, your career is over.' And it's like, why can't I have both? As a woman, why can't I have both? Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? I want both."
"Be Careful," one of the most recent singles released from Invasion of Privacy was met with resistance from fans who prefer Cardi's delivery on songs like "Bodak Yellow." The song samples Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor" track from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Cardi spoke about how people's reaction made her feel:
"A lot of people was ciritcizing me when it came to the 'Be Careful' record and I was just like, 'Damn, why people don't like this song? I love this song.' And then I was like, wait a minute: it don't matter what these people say, Lauryn Hill approved this song!"
On Monday, Cardi also stopped by Hot 97 to speak with Ebro about many of the same topics. They spoke about people's criticism of her career and how much of it is invalid because very few people know what it's like to constantly be in the public eye. She also touched on the beginning stages of her music career, which came at a time of uncertainty when she was gaining a large Instagram following.
"Even when I was popping on Instagram, I was just like, you know what, I don't know how long I'm gonna be popping. I'm just trying to open something. I want to own a cleaning company. I wanna buy a house," she said. "My manager at the time was like, 'You're so witty doing remixes to songs. You should try rapping on a beat. You think you could write?' I was feeling it but I was scared to fail." Watch Cardi's interview with The Breakfast Club at the top of the page and check out her Hot 97 interview below.
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This article originally appeared on Noisey US.