Cardi Bproves she’s not the world’s best driver, but still a gas!
The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar joined James Corden for “Carpool Karaoke” on Monday’s episode of The Late Late Show.
The segment started with the rapper and host singing along to her chart-topping single “Bodak Yellow.” Cardi B even sang into a water bottle as if it was a microphone. She eventually rolled down the window and sang to other drivers who were stopped at a red light.
After the first song ended, Corden asked Cardi B about her many years of hard work before she made it big as a rapper.
“I used to be a stripper and everything, so when I got really popular on Instagram I was stripping throughout the United States and I was going around listening to what people was listening to,” she said. “A lot of people have different styles, so I was like, ‘What would be something that people from every coast would love and enjoy?’ And it was like boom.”
She added that many radio DJs didn’t play her music at the beginning of her career and were originally “sleeping” on her. “I had to keep on making music until I find the right one,” she said. The rapper also said that many people didn’t take her seriously because she was viewed as funny.
Cardi B and Corden took a break from talking to sing “Money.” The rapper continued to sing to other drivers on the street as the two danced and rapped the song.
“Stay in school! Listen to your mom or you won’t be getting no Christmas gifts,” she shouted to elementary school-age kids who were outside. “Go tell your moms to buy my new single.”
During the next break from singing, Cardi B revealed that she can’t drive but has five cars. When Corden asked why she has the cars, she responded, “To take pictures with it.”
“You know how many things I can rap about now that I own these cars? I couldn’t rap about these cars because I didn’t own them, but now I can rap about it,” she explained.
Corden insisted that the rapper learn to drive, so he took her to a parking lot with traffic cones and flags. She took off her high heels before she got behind the wheel. After only a few seconds of driving, she ran into a cone. She later backed into multiple flags and made a left turn after the host instructed her to go right. “This car is very big for me,” she said.
Cardi B then backed into a camera when she attempted to parallel park. “I give up,” she said, before she returned to the passenger seat and the two performed her song “Drip.”
The rapper also discussed her childhood during the segment. “I grew up in what people would consider the ghetto. So yeah, there was a lot of gang-related things. There was a lot of violence, but I also had a lot of fun growing up,” she said. Cardi B then listed some of the fun activities she did during her childhood, like “hookie parties and getting chased by the police.”
“Bartier Cardi” was the next song the pair rapped.
Cardi B also discussed her interest in ASMRvideos during a song break. She explained that the videos consist of people making sounds with their mouths and performing certain movements that help her fall asleep. Corden tried to make the sounds with his mouth, though Cardi B said that he sounded “nasty.”
After the two made a series of noises with their mouths, they sang along to “Be Careful.”
The rapper later shared a story about one of her most uncomfortable performances. “I did a Bar Mitzvahnot too long ago and I never performed in front of so many kids and then my DJ didn’t have the clean version of the songs and I just felt so awkward,” she said. “But those kids were having a good time and I had a good time, too.”
Corden asked if the rapper had ever performed for an older demographic and she said that she has not. To fix this, the host took her to a dance class at a senior center.
The rapper and host danced with the class members as they performed her hit “I Like It.”
During the performance, Cardi B held onto a dancer named Gunter as they swayed back and forth. “Are you looking for a significant other?” he asked. After she laughed, she answered, “Sure.”