Cardi B Reveals She Was Depressed While Recording ‘Invasion of Privacy'

Cardi B Reveals She Was Depressed While Recording ‘Invasion of Privacy'

An encouraging message from Nipsey Hussle was her light at the end of the tunnel.

Published August 29th

Written by Danielle Ransom

On Wednesday (Aug. 28), Netflix released the long-awaited documentary, Look Mom I Can Fly, which trails Travis Scott from the suburbs of his hometown (Missouri City, TX) to his ascent as one of the heavyweights leading the new wave of rap. 

  1. Naturally, the film delved into the emotional moments during the 2019 Grammys, where the Astroworld creator learned that he had lost out for Best Rap Album to the Bronx's reigning femcee Cardi B.

    While a disappointing one for Scott, it was a historical moment for Cardi. The Bronx native became the first woman rapper in 22 years to nab the honor, after Lauryn Hill took it home in 1997. 


  2. Turns out, revisiting that moment has stirred up some Travis fans, who fired up their Twitter fingers to reignite the ‘Travis vs. Cardi’ debate — one that should be dead at this point, quite frankly. 

    In response, Cardi took to Twitter once again to defended her Grammy win and set the record straight on a few things. 

    Alongside refuting claims that she had beef with Travis...



  3. ...the 26-year-old made a raw confession that she was depressed while recording her history-making debut project.

    For the first time since winning the award, Cardi got candid about the mental space she was in and detailed the number of hardships she faced while working on Invasion of Privacy.

    “I did it all while I was pregnant, throwing up, drowsy, terrible colds and in a rush to finish it so I can start doing music videos before I started showing,” she began. “I spent 24 hours for months sleeping on a couch with my pregnant depressed ass in a studio.”


  4. The “Money” rapper revealed that she was afraid fans would drop her once they found out she was pregnant.

    “I wasn’t even thinking of winning or even the [Grammys]. All I can think about was ...everybody is disappointed in me, am I still going to have a career after this baby, [and] is this album going to make me or break me?,” she confessed.

    Bardi continued to explain that it was Offset who helped her set things straight between her and her record label (Atlantic Records), and put in a lot of work behind-the-scenes to secure her features since she didn’t really have a relationship with anyone on the label.

  5. “When I kept seeing the certifications of the songs going gold or platinum, I was so excited ‘cause my husband was out here asking everybody for a feature on my behalf. So, the ones that said yes thank you from the bottom of my heart ‘cause trust me a lot of artists said no or [were] charging 6 figures for a feature,” she stated.

    She continued: “So when I won a Grammy for it, I didn’t have no words to say. But when I went home, I started reminiscing on what I went [through] during that period. I was like ‘Yea b**ch, you deserve this s**t! [And] until this day, my s**t still charting.” 


  6. While she was still celebrating her victory, Cardi shared that she found an unexpected voice in her corner: hip-hop’s guardian angel Nipsey Hussle.

    “When I won, Nipsey [Hussle] said on a comment to me ‘When it’s your time, it’s your time,’” she shared. “Now when I speak to upcoming artists or people who ask me for advice, I tell them the same thing! When it’s your time, it’s your time, and when it comes, don’t let nobody take that special moment away from you!”

  7. Read Cardi’s tweets in full below.

(Photo: Amy Sussman/FilmMagic)


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