Latto is currently in the throes of her 777 tour and said Cardi B was a huge influence on her when she was building out her shows.
“I did Rolling Loud Miami in 2018ish…I was one of the openers,” Latto said in an interview with Audacy. “It was 3 p.m. hot as hell and I waited all the way to the end for Cardi B to perform and I stuck around in the hot sun and I was like ‘nah, I gotta see Cardi perform,’ and I just seen her like put on a show. Like, it was actual entertainment. Dancers, choreography.”
She continued, “She really had me entertained to where I wasn’t caring about the heat or standing on my feet all day. I was entertained. So I took that and ran with it like ‘you know what? I wanna put on a show too.'”
Elsewhere in the interview, Latto also shared a few lessons she’s learned since her explosive rise to fame in the past year.
“I’ve learned to not be so hard on myself,” she said. “I second guess everything and the songs that I second-guessed or the lines that I second-guessed, people love ’em. So it’s like, don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s still fun…I get to wake up and do what I wanna do and create whatever’s on my mind. That’s fun, that’s the beauty in it. So don’t let it become a job.”
Latto dropped 777 on March 25, which included appearances from 21 Savage, Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, Lil Durk, Nardo Wick and Kodak Black. The Georgia rapper also recently took to Twitter on April 7 to celebrate her track “Big Energy,” which had notched up to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Thank you God!!” Latto wrote. “Thanks jackpots thanks lambs and last but definitely not least thank you Mariah!!! keep streaming! And This was without a full tracking week! Wtf!!!!!”
She also revealed that the album itself debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, marking her highest-charting project to date.
Watch Latto’s full Audacy interview below.