Cardi B is firing back at her haters, after rumors have been making waves that the rapper used used payola to get her number 1 spot on Billboard.
On Monday, the Bronx rapper earned her fifth Number 1 single as “Up” topped the Billboard Hot 100. She extends her record for most Hot 100 No. 1s among female rappers, and is the first female rapper with two Hot 100 No. 1s with no accompanying artists.
But not everyone was happy for her success. Some critics tried to discredit her by claiming she and her label used payola, the illegal practice of bribing a radio station to boost airplay.
“It’s sad that when I win people gotta scramble with lies for my success .Like they ain’t saw everybody, people coming out Amazon trucks and ambulances dancing my shit,” said Cardi B, who shared a compilation video featuring celebrities and social media personalities dancing to “Up.”
She noted that radio airplay was not the driving force behind “Up’s” success, showing a chart breaking down the song’s numbers by streaming, sales, and airplay.
She plans to address her haters on her upcoming sophomore album. “Imma adress all the hate on my album tho wait on it !!!” she said.
A delighted Cardi B celebrated her historic achievement by thanking those who supported her. “Yoooooo shit is amazing yoooooo .I got no words .Actually I got a lot of words but I can’t type it all NUMBER 1!!!!!” she wrote.