The official release of Cardi B’s “Money” track was a nice little surprise.
On Monday, the Bronx-bred rapper teased the JWhiteDidIt-produced single on social media, announcing it was slated to arrive at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Well, as we now know, things didn’t go as planned. “Money” appeared on all major streaming platforms two days early, with little to no warning.
Though we definitely aren’t mad about the premature release, Cardi recently claimed she decided to drop “Money” because Nicki Minaj’s fan base—known as the Barbz—kept sharing the leaked version.
“So as you can see, my song ‘Money’ got leaked. So it’s like, f*ck it; if it’s leaked, might as well put it out,” she explained on Instagram Live. “I think it got leaked because sometimes you send your records early to these streaming or these music platforms, somebody from they building leak it and everything.”
She continued: “We tried to retract it, but you know the Barbz—they always posting me, they always post everything I do. They claim they hate me but they really love me because they be on my page before my fans […] Everything that I do, they be on it before my fans. So, clearly, that seems like love to me.”
You can hear Cardi’s full comments in the video, shared by HipHop-N-More, below.
Cardi and Nicki’s ongoing beef escalated nearly two months ago, during a Harper’s Bazaar event for New York Fashion Week. The two rappers were filmed in a physical altercation, which culminated with Cardi throwing a shoe at Nicki.
The Invasion of Privacy artist addressed the incident on Instagram shortly after, claiming she had “let a lot of things slide.”