Cardi B has announced a new song with Megan Thee Stallion called “Bongos.” Their collaborative single, and first track together since 2020’s “WAP,” will arrive this Friday, September 8.
“Bongos” will follow Cardi B’s singles “Hot Shit” from last year and 2021’s “Up.” It’s been five years since her 2018 debut LP Invasion of Privacy came out. While a second album hasn’t been announced just yet, Cardi B has been busy this summer anyway, releasing “Jealousy” with Offset, “Put It on da Floor Again” with Latto, and “Point Me 2” with FendiDa Rappa.
When Cardi released “WAP” in August 2020, the single was not submitted for Grammy consideration. Representatives for the rapper said that the track was being withheld in anticipation of an album-based Grammy campaign in 2021. Cardi had not previously shared any details about when exactly her second album would arrive. At the end of 2022, she responded to the leak of purported (and ultimately phony) new material where she posted a short clip of an unidentified, unreleased track. “HERE some scraps since yall STARVING,” she wrote.
Megan Thee Stallion released her sophomore album, Traumazine, in August 2022. In the brief year since then, she hosted Saturday Night Live and guest-starred in the Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and the not-yet-released movie Dicks: The Musical.
Last month, Tory Lanez was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion. “As I reflect on the past three years, I view myself as a survivor, because I have truly survived the unimaginable,” she wrote in an op-ed afterwards. “[This guilty verdict] was a victory for every woman who has ever been shamed, dismissed, and blamed for a violent crime committed against them.”
Read about Cardi B’s studio debut Invasion of Privacy in Pitchfork’s “The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s.”