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The Musician Behind ‘I Like It Like That’ Found Out Cardi B Sampled His Song Because Of His Grandchildren

Cardi B’s debut album “Invasion of Privacy” broke records even before it was released. So it’s safe to say her first album is a major hit. Each song is so good and it’s as if they’ve always been part of our playlists. One reason why each song on that album may sound familiar to you is because various samples on the tracks were hits back in the day. Her album features samples by Lauryn Hill (on “Be Careful”); Nicki Minaj and Da’ Dip by Freak Nasty on “Bodak Yellow”; and La Chat and Three 6 Mafia (on “Bicken Head”). However, the most recognizable sample on the album is Pete Rodriguez’s “I Like it Like That” on Cardi B’s “I Like It.”

You’re probably familiar with Cardi B’s hit song “I Like It” at this point.

Bad Bunny and J Balvin appear on the track and it is clear they have created a banger. The inclusion of Pete Rodriguez’s “I Like it Like That” gives the song an unexpected nostalgic angle that transcends generations in Latino homes. The track was originally written by Tony Pabon and Manny Rodriguez, but it was boogaloo musician Pete Rodriguez that made it into a hit back in 1967. The song has gone on to be one of the biggest influential boogaloo songs ever.

Pete Rodriguez had no idea who Cardi B was or that she had covered his song. It was his grandkids that broke the big news to him.

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The Latin musician, who is 86 years old, had long put his track to bed even though it’s often played on the radio.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rodriguez said that it was his grandkids that told him his song was a hit again.

“My kids and grandkids called me and texted me about it,” Rodriguez said to EW. “We recorded [the original] in 1967, so it’s come a long way.”

A long way indeed.

In fact, he learned about Cardi B and her success thanks to his family.

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“I wasn’t aware of Cardi, but my kids and grandkids were,” Rodriguez told Entertainment Weekly. “They were all excited; they’re fans.”

He went on to say that even though he’s “been out of the loop for a while,” he’s now a big fan of hers. Naturally, however, he said out of all of her hits, his favorite is “I Like It.”

Here’s the original track by Pete Rodriguez, the king of boogaloo.

In the past decades since its release it has been covered by countless of artists, including Tito Nieves.

Here’s Pete Rodriguez playing his hit song in 2015.

Cardi B’s hat tip to one of the Latin music legends should be a hint to other Latin artists.


READ: Take a Moment to Listen to this Kick-Ass Spanish Cover of ‘Love Yourself’

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Former Nickelodeon Star Drake Bell Has Rebranded as a Latin Artist and People Are Confused

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Former Nickelodeon Star Drake Bell Has Rebranded as a Latin Artist and People Are Confused

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When you think of successful Latin music artists, the name “Drake Bell” probably doesn’t come to mind. In fact, the name “Drake Bell” probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of any musician–the man hasn’t been on the radar much since his Nickelodeon went off the airwaves in 2007. But recently, the former teen star has been making headlines for his unexpected career pivot.

Fans were confused when Drake Bell posted a video to Instagram advertising his services on the celebrity “shout out” app, Cameo on Saturday. While the message was run-of-the-mill (find me on Cameo! Pay me money!), the content was what was surprising: Bell relayed the message in both English and Spanish. A deeper dive into Bell’s social media history quickly explained the perplexing post.

Last November, Bell announced on his Twitter page that he would only be posting in Spanish on his social media pages from that point forward.

Shortly after, he changed his profile name from “Drake Bell” to “Drake Campana” (get it?). He also reps a Mexican flag next to his name.

As of now, Bell has released a dual Spanish-English language album called “Sesiones En Casa” with songs named “Fuego Lento” and “La Camisa Negra”. According to Spotify statistics, Bell’s strategy seems to be working. Out of the dozens of songs he’s released over the year, two of Bell’s Top Five streamed Spotify songs are Spanish-language ones.

It seems that Drake “Campana” Bell is truly committing to becoming a full-time Latin pop star.

Bell described his decision in a July interview with Esquire Mexico. ““I wanted to do something with Latin rhythms for my fans in Mexico,” he said. “I wanted to do something like what I have heard on my tours and visits to Mexico. I love writing in Spanish, it is a beautiful language.”

He explained that his love of Mexican culture comes from growing up in Southern California, which is geographically close to the Mexican border. Growing up near Mexico made him “fall in love” with the culture. He also posted a picture to Instagram of his own Mexican ID with a Mexican address, suggesting that he’s made the country his new home.

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Some fans are skeptical of the timing of Bell’s image re-brand.

Earlier this year, Bell’s ex-girlfriend, Jimi Ono, took to TikTok to accuse the singer of abusing her while they were together from 2006 to 2009. Ono outlined the accusations in a disturbing TikTok video.

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This is my truth. I hope this message reaches young girls, and that no one has to go through what I did. #2020survivor

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“When I started dating Drake, I was 16. I was homeschooled. I moved in with him,” Ono said. “It wasn’t until about a year when the verbal abuse started, and when I say ‘verbal abuse,’ imagine the worst type of verbal abuse you could ever imagine, and that was what I got. It then turned to physical–hitting, throwing, everything.”

Bell publicly denied the accusations, calling them a “misguided quest for more money or attention”. Other observers have noted that Bell began his re-brand about a year ago while Ono’s accusations become public just a few months ago. So, it seems like Bell’s decision to focus on his Mexican fans had been in the works for a while.

It’s likely we’ll never know the true reasons behind Bell’s decision to become a Latin artist, but it’s most plausible that his sales were simply doing better in Mexico. And if his re-brand was simply a stunt for more attention, well…it’s working.

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Cardi B Claps Back at Haters Who Say She Shouldn’t Have Won Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Title

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Cardi B Claps Back at Haters Who Say She Shouldn’t Have Won Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Title

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Cardi B knows her worth and doesn’t have time for the haters. On Wednesday, Billboard announced that they crowned Cardi B “Woman of the Year”–an honor they bestow annually on a female artist who dominates the pop culture scene. As reference, last year, the award was given to Billie Eilish.

But with the chart-topping, record-smashing success of “WAP,” Billboard had pretty much no other choice but to give the title to none other than our Dominican-Trinidadian Queen, Cardi B, this year.

But not everyone was so happy about. A few bitter critics took to the internet to complain about the usual stuff: Cardi’s contributions to music this year, and her being a polarizing figure in general.

“Cardi B sets women back hundreds years,” wrote one particularly bitter Twitter user. “She objectifies women’s bodies as ‘machines’ made solely for sex. The English-level used is shameful. I wouldn’t want my kids to listen to any of that crap.”

So on Wednesday, Cardi took her Instagram to serve her haters a hefty serving of humble pie.

“Morning y’all, it’s your girl Cardi B,” she greeted her audience, bare-faced, her hair wrapped in a scarf, dressed in a floral robe. “And yes, I am Woman of the Year.” And it just got more hilarious from there.

“And for you crybabies like, ‘But she only got one song!’ Yeah, I got that song, b—h. You know, the one that sold the most? The one that streamed the most? The one that had Republicans crying on Fox News about it. The one that have a song that’s about to be six times platinum in three months. The one that had your grandma popping her p—y on TikTok. Yeah b—h, that one.”

As Cardi continued to spit facts, she then took the opportunity to highlight her political activism this year–a brand of activism that kept her younger fans both entertained and, more importantly, engaged.

“For over a year, I’ve been influencing and using my platform for y’all to vote, not just for when Joe Biden was going against Trump,” she added. “I’ve been informing y’all about y’all’s senators, midterm elections, using my money to meet up with these candidates like Bernie. Flying out, tired after shows. Yeah, that’s me, b—h.”

Never one to take un-founded criticism lying down, she continued her tirade against ill-informed haters. “Even when y’all’s crying like, ‘But she don’t represent us!’ Yes I do, b—h. I represent America,” she paused for emphasis here.

“I wanted a change, and that’s exactly what the f–k I did,” she said. She then concluded the video: “And eat it up. I’m just that b—h. Eat it up with a spoon so y’all can get a mouthful.”

Cardi B never fails to keep us fully entertained. The annual Billboard’s Women in Music event will be held on December 10th. As a side note, Jennifer Lopez will also be receiving Billboard’s Icon Award.

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