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"Bodak Yellow" (alternatively titled "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)") is the major-label debut single by American rapper Cardi B. It was written and recorded by Cardi B and produced by J. White Did It, with additional songwriting by Klenord Raphael and Jordan Thorpe. It was released on June 16, 2017, by Atlantic Records as the lead single from her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018).[4] The song was influenced by and interpolates the flow of American rapper Kodak Black's song “No Flockin”.[5][6][7] It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, making her the fifth female rapper to ever lead the chart, and the second to do so with a solo song, following Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in 1998.[8][9] Its accompanying music video was shot in Dubai.

"Bodak Yellow"
Bodak Yellow Cover Art.jpg
Single by Cardi B
from the album Invasion of Privacy
ReleasedJune 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Format
Recorded2017
StudioKrematorium Studio
(Elmont, New York)
Fight Klub Studios
(New York, New York)
Genre
Length3:43[3]
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • J. White Did It
Cardi B singles chronology
"Bronx Season"
(2016)
"Bodak Yellow"
(2017)
"No Limit"
(2017)
Music video
"Bodak Yellow" on YouTube

"Bodak Yellow" received nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 60th Grammy Awards.[10] The song won Single of the Year at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards[11] and Favorite Song Rap/Hip Hop Song at the 2018 American Music Awards.[12]

Contents

Composition and productionEdit

The beat for "Bodak Yellow" was created by Jermaine “JWhiteDidIt” White, a producer from Dallas.[13] White and Cardi B met in New York due to a shared manager and decided to work together.[14] White has stated he's sometimes been "intimidated" by Cardi B's focus and work ethic in the recording studio, and that "our chemistry at first was a love-hate one, because I was such a general at first, and then she became the general."[13][15] The name of the song was inspired by Kodak Black, a Florida rapper, because Cardi B said the flow of words in "Bodak Yellow" reminded her of Black's 2015 song "No Flockin."[16] Kodak Black later released a remix of "Bodak Yellow".[16]

Critical receptionEdit

Complex's writers called the song "a great, extraordinarily catchy record. The hook, the beat, her lyrics: it all works. Cardi sounds so sure of herself, it's difficult not to believe and rap along with every word. Her shit feels like early Lil' Kim, the way the fellas react to her bars. That beat drops and people go nuts."[17] Tom Breihan of Stereogum wrote, "On 'Bodak Yellow,' Cardi uses [her] voice to fill up the synthy, minimal beat, using all the track's open space to project personality everywhere. It's a big, loud, brash, noisy song, and it's perfect."[18] USA Today wrote, "The track’s name is a reference to the Florida rapper Kodak Black, borrowing the distinctive cadences he used on his minor hit 'No Flockin'.."[19]

The Washington Post editor Chris Richards ranked it the best song of 2017, saying that the song did not need a hook because "every phrase she blurts has its own ticklish melody, its own whiplash rhythm."[20] Pitchfork also considered it the best of the year,[21] Billboard considered it the second-best,[22] Rolling Stone staff the fourth-best,[23] and Entertainment Weekly the eighth.[24] In 2018, Rolling Stone ranked the song 59 on their list "The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far".[25]

Music videoEdit

 
Cardi B with a cheetah in the music video. The presence of the real animal–which belongs to a local sultan–was proposed by the director.[26]

The song's music video, directed by Picture Perfect, was released on June 24, 2017. The video features scenes with Cardi B in Dubai, riding camels through the desert. The video received nominations to the BET Hip Hop Awards and iHeartRadio Music Awards. As of February 2019, the video had been viewed over 730 million times on YouTube.[27]

Chart performanceEdit

"Bodak Yellow" debuted at number 85 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of July 22, 2017.[28] During its fifth week on the chart, it jumped to number 14, becoming Cardi B's first top 20 entry in the United States.[29] It later reached number two, behind American pop singer Taylor Swift's song "Look What You Made Me Do", in the issue dated September 23, 2017, before climbing to the top of the chart two weeks later.[30] "Bodak Yellow" topped the Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks, making it the second solo hip-hop number-one single by a female artist in the chart's history, following American rapper Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in 1998.[31] Spending a third week on top, it became the longest number one for a solo single by a female rapper.[32] In its 26th week on chart, the song re-entered the top ten, joining her other singles "MotorSport" and "No Limit", making Cardi B the third act to place her first three chart entries in the top ten simultaneously.[33]

Live performancesEdit

Cardi B debuted the song live on June 15, 2017 at the Anti-Prom cruise hosted by NYC-based skate crew Brujas and designer label Gypsy Sport.[34] On June 25, 2017, Cardi B performed the song at the 2017 BET Awards afterparty show.[35][36] On July 18, she performed "Bodak Yellow" on The Wendy Williams Show.[37][38] On August 7, she performed the song at OVO Fest, an annual music festival in Toronto hosted by Canadian rapper Drake.[39] Cardi B performed "Bodak Yellow" during the pre-show for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on August 27, 2017.[40]

Cardi B went on to perform the song at the twelfth annual BET Hip Hop Awards.[41][42] On April 7, 2018, Cardi B performed the song in a medley with "Bartier Cardi" on Saturday Night Live.[43]

RemixesEdit

A remix of "Bodak Yellow", the "Latin Trap Remix", was officially released on August 18, 2017.[44] The song features Cardi B rapping in Spanish and Dominican hip hop recording artist Messiah contributes a guest verse.[45][46] A second official remix was released on September 18, 2017, featuring vocals by Florida-based rapper Kodak Black.[47][48] Jamaican dancehall artist Spice also released a remix of the song, "Bodak Bitch".[49] On the Fox series The Four: Battle For Stardom, Zhavia has covered and remixed the song.

In the mediaEdit

The song has been featured in the television shows Insecure, Star and Queen Sugar.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Category Result Ref.
2017 BET Hip Hop Awards Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated [50]
[51]
Impact Track Nominated
Single of the Year Won
Soul Train Music Awards Rhythm & Bars Award Won [52]
2018 Grammy Awards Best Rap Performance Nominated [10]
Best Rap Song Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Hip-Hop Song of the Year Nominated [53]
Best Lyrics Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Streaming Song (Video) Nominated [54]
Top Rap Song Nominated
BET Awards Video of the Year Nominated [55]
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award Won
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Winning Songs Won [56]
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards Award Winning R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Won [57]
Award Winning Rap Songs Won
BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Most Performed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Won [58]
American Music Awards Favorite Song Rap/Hip Hop Song Won [12]
Favorite Music Video Nominated

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download[59]
  1. "Bodak Yellow" – 3:43
  • Digital download[60]
  1. "Bodak Yellow" (featuring Kodak Black) – 2:33
  • Digital download[61]
  1. "Bodak Yellow" (Latin Trap Mix) (featuring Messiah) – 3:42

Credits and personnelEdit

Recording

Personnel

Songwriting credits adapted from AllMusic and Tidal.[3][62]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[96] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[97] 4× Platinum 320,000^
France (SNEP)[98] Gold 75,000*
Italy (FIMI)[99] Gold 25,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[100] Gold 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[101] Gold 2,000,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[102] Gold 400,000 
United States (RIAA)[103] 7× Platinum 7,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

List of release dates, showing region, format, and label
Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States June 16, 2017 Digital download Atlantic [104]
August 1, 2017 Urban contemporary [105]

See alsoEdit

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