The ‘WAP’ rapper has admitted she stopped working on her hotly-anticipated follow-up to 2018’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic making her feel “discouraged” and not being able to properly promote or tour a record.
She told the latest issue of XXL magazine – of which she is the cover star – that: “I feel like at this point, it’s like a timeline that I created. Because last year I was like: ‘I gotta put out my album this year.’ But, then I just stopped working on my album out of nowhere because I feel like the whole COVID thing discouraged me to put out my album. Because I want to put out an album, and I want to tour.
“I don’t feel like if I do like, an album promo run and everything, like, there’s no feelings to it, me doing interviews with people through a computer. I want to meet up with people. I want to have a conversation. It’s a better vibe.”
The ‘Up’ hitmaker also plans to host a series of album releases parties, which she can’t do with the current coronavirus restrictions.
She said: “I love album release parties. I would love an album release party in New York. I could have one in Atlanta, but I want one also at home. And I want to see people. I shouldn’t fly out 50 of my friends just so they could be there in Atlanta and then somebody might catch COVID. No. So, it’s just something that I stopped, but then now that I keep putting out my singles, I keep saying like: ‘Damn. I have no choice but to put out my album this year.’”
When she did the interview, Cardi, 28, explained how she had “a week of making sure I handle all my business, making sure everything is good, go to meetings … And then, I’m going away for a very long time to finish my album.”