‘Up’ marks Cardi’s first new music since her hit collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, ‘WAP’. In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Cardi discussed moving away from the sexual nature of that single to make a song that, like her debut mixtape, is influenced by Chicago drill. “I was young, and I liked that and everything, so my mixtape was very all about gangster violence,” she said. “If it’s up, then it’s stuck, and that’s where I wanted to take it with this record.”
She also said she has plans to release her second album this year and already has “like 50 songs” recorded for it. “I’m just still not satisfied,” she said. “If I’m not satisfied, I’m just not satisfied, but I really want to put out an album this year. I feel like I have no choice now. Now, I feel like I exceeded my limit of holding. I just need to stop with the fear.”
In addition to ‘WAP’, Cardi B featured on songs by BLACKPINK (‘Bet You Wanna’), Anuel AA (‘La Bebe’), and Anitta (‘Me Gusta’) last year. Cardi’s debut full-length, Invasion of Privacy, arrived in 2018.