Cardi B has responded to Joe Budden’s harsh criticism of her “Bongos” single and the Grammy-winning rapper believes it’s personal and not all music-related.

Cardi replied while on Instagram Live on Wednesday (September 13) that she doesn’t feel the criticism of her new Megan Thee Stallion collab is justified.

“I just feel like he has an issue with me,” she began. “And it was beyond the critique of ‘Bongos’ it’s just you inviting bitches who said the rudest nastiest shit when Mal and Rory say fuck shit about you, you get so defensive and you want to clear it up.

“You came at Taxstone because Taxstone said something about you. You expect people to understand you and you expect people to take your side.”

Listen to the clip below.

Budden got wind of Cardi’s response and fired back on the latest episode of his podcast where he essentially pointed to all the times he complimented the Bronx bombshell that she didn’t have anything to say, and now the one negative comment she’s quick to respond to.

“Don’t play with me like that because y’all know I fuck with Cardi,” he said. “But I stand on what I said about the song. And I said it pretty respectfully. I ain’t here to shatter nobody’s dreams… For me it’s if I didn’t hear nothing from none of y’all the 9 million times I bigged you up, I definitely don’t want to hear from you the one time I didn’t.”

Earlier this week, the rapper-turned-podcaster blasted “Bongos” for sounding like “two women that can’t make a song” and thought the record was “contrived” and was like a “science project” cooked up by “AI.”

“I hate the song. It’s not better than any of the songs like it. ‘WAP,’ ‘Up,’ it’s not better than Cardi B feature,” he added.

Regardless of Budden’s commentary, “Bongos” is expected to make a splash on the Billboard Hot 100 next week after dropping last Friday (September 8). The racy visual has racked up over 11 million views on YouTube alone since its release.

However, fans shouldn’t expect Cardi B’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album to arrive this year as she recently revealed she’s looking at a 2024 release.

“I was indecisive but I was like, you know what? I should already start talking about the album because I’m going to be putting it out very soon,” she told Hot 97 last week.

“But it’s like, I have to watch it because I always feel like somebody watching me — it’s going to come out when it’s going to come out. I can say that — it’s not going to come out this year.”

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