In a clip from the newly dropped episode, as seen above, Cardi talked about her decision to utilize her platform on political issues, but not doing the same in her music.
“I don’t really put a lot of political things in my music, but I used the fuck out of my platform,” said Cardi. “And I have used my platform even when I was a dancer. Because you might think that people are not looking, but they are.”
Cardi B’s songs might not veer toward politics too often—even if “WAP” became an issue in that arena when it arrived—but she’s always been happy to engage with politicians. In the past, she’s sat down for interviews with both Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Joe Biden. She’s also frequently responded to far-right political pundit Candace Owens.
“I mean, I’m a hood chick, and I’m from the Bronx,” Cardi told Letterman. “A lot of people relate to me and follow me because they want to see how I’m dressed, they want to see my lifestyle. I feel like I have a responsibility to also share to them like, ‘Hey, while you here and you’re checking my outfit and checking my music, check out what’s going on over here in this part of the world.’”
The clip comes just as the new six-episode season of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction arrived on Netflix. The rest of the interviewees are Billie Eilish, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Durant, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Will Smith, who filmed his episode just prior to his infamous slap at the Oscars. Peep an Eilish clip below.