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.
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.
“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.