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Cardi B, Anuel A, And Fat Joe Joined Forces To Deliver New Track With A Sample Of Salsa Classic ‘Aguanile’

Last night, rapper Fat Joe dropped the new track “Yes” featuring fellow Bronx native Cardi B and Puerto Rican trap star Anuel AA. This is that Latinx heat we need to keep us warm this fall. This marks Cardi B’s third feature this summer following the hits “Wish Wish” with DJ Khaled and “Rodeo” with Lil Nas X. Anuel AA hasn’t been having a bad summer himself with “China” featuring Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin and Karol G, dominating the global charts. 

Fat Joe just celebrated his 49th birthday and will be releasing his 12th album “Family Ties” which also marks a reunion with Grammy-winning producer Dre of Cool & Dre. 

I don’t know if you know this but the Bronx’s official national anthem is Terror Squad’s “Lean Back.” Fat Joe is royalty in the Bronx, so it was practically inevitable we would get a Cardi B collab from the legend. This is the essence of boogie down solidarity. It is one thing to be Latinx, it is another thing to be a Latinx from The Bronx — it just is. Yerrr. So while I am sure many people will enjoy this bop, I am far more certain I will hear it blasting outside my window from someone’s car speakers for the rest of my mortal life. 

“Yes” is a yes from me, dawg.

Fat Joe dropped “Yes” at midnight last night. Cardi B and Anuel AA each have a verse on the track which samples Willie Colón and Hector Lavoe’s salsa classic “Aguanilé.” According to Rolling Stone, the 1972 song was inspired by the Yoruba and Spanish word “Aguanilé” which is used in Santería to describe a “spiritual cleanse.” No wonder the sample hauntingly pulls you into the song’s pulsating trap beat.

Joe raps the not safe for work earworm of a hook “A** up, facedown.” Considering these artists’ background, the single is fittingly a new strip club anthem. Cardi B got her start as a stripper in New York City and will play one in the new movie Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez and LizzoMeanwhile, Fat Joe plays Winny Win Winford, a New York City strip club owner in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It. The artwork for the single features an ’80s style neon sign silhouette of a naked woman on a stripper pole. You know, because we Latinxs love good clean fun in The Bronx. 

La Cardi!

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The dog walker.

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“La Cardi” the rapper says as she jumps on the track, leaning into her Dominican inflection. The song falls into the classic rap paradigm of boastful, decadent, lyrics. Each lyricist takes their turn flexing on the track, and we don’t really need more introspection than that because this song is clearly intended to be a fun club banger. 

“Murder and the money on my mind. My palm and my trigger finger itch,” she spits. “I’ve been in my bag, hopping out of jets.” 

Cardi may even be confirming her Bronx gang affiliation with the lyrics, “Lookin’ for me? Hit my line 1-800-59, BX.” The lyrics seem to allude to 5-9 Brims, a blood gang in The Bronx, at least according to Genius.

A bilingual bop.

Anuel AA’s verse is entirely in Spanish. I love this trend where Latinxs don’t try to assimilate and speak their native tongue. There is something to be said about Justin Bieber having to speak Spanish to get featured on Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” rather than the other way around. In “Yes,” Anuel boasts about making $15 million a record amidst putting the usual haters in their place.  

Puffy approved. 

“This one is special, you know what I’m sayin? Puff Daddy told me and Cool way back in the day that every hit record has a story,” “Yes” producer Dre said in a series of Instagram stories. “And geeze … let’s just put it this way: This one was months in the making, but it was worth the wait … I think y’all really gonna fuck with it.”

Latinx power.

The Latinx chart domination shall continue henceforth. The Bronx’s come up shall continue ad infinitum as well. 

“When I came out, I knew I wasn’t the best rapper on earth. But I knew there was a bunch of Latinos that felt like me across the country and across the world, who really related to what I was rapping about, and that they would really appreciate it. Same thing when I discovered Big Pun,” Fat Joe told Remezcla of Latinx representation in hip hop. 

It is always great to see Latinx artists not just collaborating together but bringing also sampling throwback Latinx music to introduce it to new generations.

Cardi B Spilled Knowledge And Acceptance In Support Of Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union’s Trans Child Zaya

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Cardi B Spilled Knowledge And Acceptance In Support Of Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union’s Trans Child Zaya

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have been open and vocal about the support of their trans child Zaya. The discussion surrounding their child started in earnest when the parents posted photos with them during Miami Pride 2019. People have been weighing on the child’s gender identity and Cardi B recently shared her thoughts on the issue and fans are here for it.

Gabrielle Union and her husband Dwyane Wade are showing unconditional love and support for their trans child.

According to various studies, parental acceptance is an important factor in keeping LGBTQ+ youth safe and healthy. LGBTQ+ youth experience higher instances of mental, psychological, and physical trauma, including higher risks of HIV and AIDS infections. Parental acceptance and guidance can offset the known dangers for LGBTQ+ youth. Union and Wade’s support of Zaya is a crucial lesson for other parents with LGBTQ+ children.

The latest celebrity to weigh in on the conversation around Zaya is Cardi B.

The rapper, who has been accused of transphobic comments in the past, threw her full support behind Zaya and their parents. In 2018, Cardi B faced backlash after posting a transphobic meme to her Facebook account. Celebrity trans activists Laverne Cox and Angelica Ross weighed in on the meme calling Cardi B out for her use of the meme in light of the disproportionate murders facing Black trans women.

Yet, now it seems Cardi B is supporting the trans community with an Instagram video calling for support, acceptance, and love for Zaya.

“Let’s not forget that this is a kid. Let’s not forget that this kid could be very very sensitive. That’s 1,” Cardi B told fans in her Instagram video. “And, let me tell you something, right? I feel like people are saying that this kid is too young to transition but it’s like how old is too young? If you are born thinking that you are a girl in a boy’s body, how old do you have to be in order to keep knowing that that’s who you are? That’s who you are. That’s your identity. If that’s who you feel that you are, what is the age limit for you to know that that’s what you want to be?”

People on social media are cautiously celebrating Cardi B’s message.

Today’s cancel culture leaves a lot to be desired. It has become a common occurrence to see people canceled for having problematic views. Cardi B has been able to push forward with her career and has made history as a female rapper. She has long been criticized for her transphobic views and it now looks like Cardi B has changed her views.

“I seen a documentary before, not really a documentary but a long 18-minute video on YouTube way before this Zion situation about this 5-year-old little girl that at 5 years old she transitioned to be a girl,” Cardi B said in the video. “She knew that that’s what she wanted to be because she knew that. She liked to wear dresses. She likes to play with Barbies. And if you’re born like that, you’re forever going to be like that. Whether the age that you pick it to be, it’s your choice.”

For Cardi B, the most important thing is that people let people be happy and free, especially children.

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“Let people find their happiness, especially kids. Let them feel comfortable doing what they want to be,” Cardi B says. “And it’s true. A lot of trans [people] that I know around me, like, when I ask them, ‘When did you know that you wanted to change?’ They say, ‘I’ve always felt like I was a girl. I always felt like I was a girl. I was born like this. People are born like this. Like the Lady Gaga song ‘I was born this way,’ like that sh-t is f-cking real.”

Her defense of Zaya and the Union-Wade family seems so genuine and real.

In another video clip circulating, Carid B is calling on people to try to be more open and understanding. Some people live in communities where they do not interact with people who are in the LGBTQ+ community or hold old thoughts towards the community. Cardi B wants those people to try to open their minds and understand that people living as their authentic self is nothing to attack.

Even some who do not like nor support Cardi B are siding with her on this one.

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It’s hard not to support someone who is pushing for better acceptance of a marginalized community. This is something we can all get behind because love is love and love always wins.

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Whitney Houston’s Estate Released Images Of Her Hologram And Basically It’s As Scary As Seeing La Llorona

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Whitney Houston’s Estate Released Images Of Her Hologram And Basically It’s As Scary As Seeing La Llorona

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Last year when the world learned that the estate of the later singer Whitney Houston planned to send her hologram on your, there was a mass of objections and outcries. Now that a sneak peek of the tour has been released, fans have dug in their heels.

“An Evening With Whitney : The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” will begin on February 25 in the UK.

While Houston’s death occurred eight years ago, her estate has decided to bring her back to life for fans by giving her a new tour experience. According to The New York Post, “‘An Evening With Whitney’ was designed with Whitney’s image in mind, Pat Houston, the singer’s former manager and head of the Whitney Houston estate, said. Whitney planned on giving a more intimate, unplugged-esque tour before she died. And while that never took place when she was alive, the production team behind the hologram has ensured her vision will happen posthumously.”

“We had a discussion about her doing ‘Whitney Unplugged’ or some type of ‘Evening with Whitney,’ and that was really her idea,” Pat Houston said according to the Post. “It’s a dream that was realized by her. So that’s the production. This isn’t something that we’re just putting together. This is something that she wanted to do, and I get very emotional watching this because it is so close to what she wanted. The only thing missing was her, physically.”

Whitney fans have taken to Twitter to voice their horror over the hologram which, in all honesty, is alarming to see at first.

Literally so many fans have been left speechless.

And so many of u shave too many questions.