*On a new edition of our podcast For the Record, host Lee Bailey and longtime music industry colleague Steven Ivory take a few moments to pontificate upon the relevancy of Cardi B in light of her new release, “Press.”
The former stripper/reality star-turned-rapper, whose raw and uncut authenticity has won over millions of fans, including a gushing Oprah Winfrey, does not impress these two music journalists … other than her feature on the Bruno Mars throwback hit, “Finesse.”
Ivory, in particular, is highly offended by Cardi’s well-known and unabashed obsession with money, her decision to postpone her tour for a plastic surgery procedure, and her message to disappointed fans that she chose the nip/tuck route because she’s too busy making money to hit the gym.
“Oh the irony,” says Ivory. “Lady, if your whole thing is visual, then working out is part of the regiment of your gig.”
Ivory calls her hustle “Cirque du Soleil hip hop,” but he doesn’t think she’s all bad.
He tells Lee: “I think we all make the mistake, especially guys like you and I, we make the mistake of putting so much on an act like this – and it is an act. We say, ‘Where’s the real music?’ But she’s not meant to be that. If you’re looking for something that is truly tangible beyond what she is doing, then you’ve got to go someplace else.”
Listen to Lee and Steven’s entire conversation below in our latest For the Record podcast: