In a tweet on Monday (February 1), the Bronx-bred rapper announced she’d be dropping her new single in just a few days.
“My new single “UP” drops this Friday! LETS GOOOOOO! #Up,” she tweeted.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) February 2, 2021
Cardi released the now-triple platinum “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion in August. Prior to that, she hadn’t released a single since 2018’s now-four times platinum “Money” – and neither track came with an announcement of a sophomore album.
Cardi released her critically acclaimed debut album Invasion Of Privacy in April 2018. The multi-platinum effort debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 255,000 album-equivalent units. Two singles, “Bodak Yellow” and “I Like It,” each reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and the project broke multiple records including making Cardi the first female artist to have all tracks from an album certified gold or higher by the RIAA.
In a 2019 interview with HipHopDX, Cardi admitted she felt pressure going into her second effort because of the fact Invasion of Privacy was nominated and won for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
“I don’t know, is there anything different?” she responded when DX how life had changed since winning. “Pressure. The pressure definitely. ‘Cause it’s like, ‘Gotdamn, if [Invasion of Privacy] won a Grammy, that means I got to go in on this second album. So it’s just been a little bit, a lot of pressure. A lot of mediating, but it makes me feel good. It makes me feel proud of myself. ”
Revisit Invasion of Privacy below, which includes appearances from Migos, YG, Chance The Rapper, 21 Savage, SZA, Kehlani, Bad Bunny and J. Balvin.