Cardi B Marks Spotify’s Billion Milestone: ‘I’m Never Gonna Stop’

Cardi B’s meteoric rise to stardom has reached unprecedented heights, solidified by her latest streaming milestone. The certified ‘Bongos’ hitmaker found herself in the spotlight once again, appearing on the latest episode of Spotify’s esteemed Billions Club: The Series — the digital franchise that celebrates artists who have surpassed the remarkable feat of 1 billion streams on the platform.

In recognition of her chart-topping success, Cardi received plaques for four of her Billboard-charting hits — the Maroon 5 collaboration ‘Girls Like You’, her explosive duet ‘WAP’ with Megan Thee Stallion, the infectious ‘I Like It’ featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, and the electrifying ‘Taki Taki’ alongside Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and DJ Snake.

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As Cardi awaited the delivery of a mouthwatering oxtail meal, she recounted cherished memories tied to each track, starting with ‘Girls Like You’. With her signature wit and candour, she quipped. “Girls Like You could never be me, bitch. A billion motherf—ing streams on you h—.”

The 2017 collaboration, released the same year as Cardi’s groundbreaking debut album Invasion of Privacy, held a profound significance for the artist. “The perfect song to dedicate to my child,” she shared during the episode, revealing that her daughter was with her during the creation of the track. 

“My daughter was in me when I did this song, so when I perform the song, it touches me a little bit differently.” Cardi also offered a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes decision-making process, revealing that her record label was initially “really against the record because they felt like it was going to compete against my [album], but I said, you know what? I love the song. I got to do the song, and then I did.”

With heartfelt gratitude, she continued, “I never thought that a record would be so big. You always feel like, ‘Would any of my songs ever have this power again?’ So for a billion people to sing word for word, it’s just amazing and a reassurance that you could do it.” The hip-hop megastar concluded the episode by expressing her profound appreciation for her fans, acknowledging the challenges that often accompany success.

“I just want to say thank you to my fans because, sometimes, I could be a little bit hard on myself. Sometimes I don’t appreciate who I’ve become because I just feel like, wow, the more money, the more problems. The more fame, the more depression.”

In a heartfelt video shared with her fans earlier this year, Cardi vowed to confront her anxieties and critics head-on, declaring, “I promise y’all this year, I’m not letting my anxiety, I’m not letting what haters say, I’m not letting what fans say” prevent her from releasing new music. With unwavering determination, she concluded, “I’ve got no choice because I’m dropping my album this year, so stay tuned for the announcement.”

-Sushmita Sarkar