Cardi B’s “UP” Is the Highest Debuting Solo Track by a Female Rapper SINCE 1998

Cardi already holds the female-rapper record for most career #1 songs with four – “Bodak Yellow,” “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5, and “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion. She was the first woman in rap to have multiple Number Ones and still the only one to have more than two chart-toppers.

“Up” is the highest-debuting solo single by a female rapper since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo W## (That Thing)” premiered atop the Hot 100 in 1998. The two Grammy winners have more in common when it comes to Billboard charts. Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill are also on a shortlist of female rap albums that launched at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

After Speaking to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the rapper explained why she hasn’t released the followup to Invasion of Privacy. “I really wanted to put out an album last year, but it was like, “I feel like I don’t have the right songs.” I have recorded so many songs. I think I’ve got like 50 songs recorded, and I’m just still not satisfied,” she said. “If I’m not satisfied, I’m just not satisfied, but I really want to put out an album this year. I feel like I have no choice now. Now, I feel like I exceeded my limit of holding. I just need to stop with the fear.”

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