Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
The two rappers are teaming up once more, marking their first collaboration since 2020’s “WAP.”
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion caused a major internet sensation with the release of “WAP” in 2020, and they’re now preparing to make waves once again.
The 30-year-old “I Like It” rapper, Cardi B, and the 28-year-old “Body” rapper, Megan Thee Stallion, initiated excitement around their latest collaboration on Monday. They took to Instagram to announce that their upcoming single, titled “Bongos,” is set to drop this Friday.
Both megastars, whose real names are Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar and Megan Pete, shared the exciting news by posting the vibrant single artwork. In the “Bongos” cover, both rappers are seen holding lollipops while dressed in matching bodysuits, heels, and bracelets, all in various pastel shades. Their hair is styled playfully in cotton-candy-colored curls, adding a whimsical touch to the image.
“Bongos” represents the first collaborative effort between the two Grammy-winning artists since their 2020 hit “WAP.” Their previous collaboration made history as the inaugural female rap duet to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went on to dominate the top spot for four weeks.
The provocative nature of the song also generated substantial criticism from conservative commentators, which both Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B addressed publicly.
The “Savage” rapper appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in late 2020 to discuss reactions to the song. She humorously remarked, “First of all, I wanna say thank you to Cardi for even putting me on the song. But, I mean, I felt like that was really, like, a little weird. I know the Republicans have been having a tough year, and they probably needed to vent their frustration somewhere.”
While Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performed their chart-topping hit “WAP” at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in 2021, the song notably was not submitted for consideration for Grammy awards. Cardi revealed that, despite the song’s immense success, the negative reactions it received dissuaded her from submitting it for Grammy recognition.
“I need to stop letting the internet control my life,” she admitted during an interview on Jason Lee’s REVOLT show, explaining why she was “apprehensive” about submitting the song. “The internet made me even afraid of the idea of winning. That’s insane.”
Nevertheless, their collaboration achieved significant milestones, including being certified seven times platinum in the U.S. and winning accolades such as an American Music Award, a BET Award, three BET Hip Hop Awards, and a People’s Choice Award, among others.
While Cardi B has not yet released a full-length album since her 2017 debut “Invasion of Privacy,” “Bongos” is the most recent addition to the series of singles she has released over the past few years, including “Hot S***” in 2022 and “Up” in 2021.
On the other hand, “Bongos” not only marks Megan Thee Stallion’s first release since her 2022 album “Traumazine” but also her first release since Tory Lanez was sentenced to 10 years in prison in August. Lanez was sentenced for the shooting incident involving Megan Thee Stallion that occurred three years ago.