In case you've been busy in Barbie's Dreamland, Cardi B has been on an insane trajectory since the historic success of “Bodak Yellow.” In 2017, she was the rising force to be reckoned with, and last year, with the release of her incredible debut album, Invasion of Privacy, while becoming a mother, Bardi didn’t let that brawl and a few cheating allegations stop her from securing any and all bags thrown her way. The Bronx-bred femcee became your favorites' favorite as a highly sought-after feature artist on hits like Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” Bruno Mars’ “Finesse (Remix),” Meek Mill’s “On Me,” City Girls’ “Twerk” and Pardison Fontaine’s “Backin’ It Up.”
Meanwhile, Dreamville trailblazer J. Cole dropped his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, KOD, and outside of touring with a sprinkle of freestyles and, of course, working on the highly anticipated Revenge of the Dreamers 3 compilation, he’s been relatively hush. This past Wednesday, though, Cole blessed hip-hop heads with his first official single of the year, “Middle Child.” He set the internet ablaze with it scorching bars and subtle Kanye West diss while even catching the attention of the “Money” rapper, who dubbed Cole’s hit as “too spicy.”
The reigning king of going Platinum with no features may not have officially confirmed a collab is in the works, but Cole has spoken, whether you like it or not.
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