Joe Budden Trashes Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Bongos’: ‘I Don’t See It’

Joe Budden has unloaded on Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s new single, “Bongos,” which he doesn’t believe lives up to the hype.

Budden and his co-hosts broke down the reggaeton-tinged single during an episode of The Joe Budden Podcast on Sunday (September 10), and the rapper-turned-podcaster said he felt as though the record was “contrived” and sounded like a “science project” cooked up by “AI.”


“Remember, I said all the top, top, top, top, artists make songs like a science project? That’s what this sounds like,” he offered candidly.

“This beat is undeniable because it’s already worked. We gonna put two of our biggest women rappers on it, talking they normal shit, but I don’t think this song is gonna work at all.


He continued: “I hate the song. It’s not better than any of the songs like it. ‘WAP,’ ‘Up,’ it’s not better than Cardi B feature. This is Cardi getting ready to follow-up her debut album… They not gonna spend the money to keep this rolling into the fourth and first quarter.

“The music business is reactionary. They’re gonna wait to see what the research is on this song… This record don’t seem like it has lasting power… There’s nothing in it to make it stay.”

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Budden also said he believes the time for “commercialized ratchet” music has passed and it’s time for “ghetto ratchet” to shine, citing “Pound Town” hitmaker Sexyy Red as a prime example.

“We need a ‘Bodak Yellow’ now. This sounds like two women who can’t make a song,” Joe jabbed. “I don’t see it.”

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Regardless of Budden’s commentary, “Bongos” is expected to make a splash on the Billboard Hot 100 next week after dropping on Friday (September 8). The racy visual has racked up over eight million views on YouTube alone since its release.

However, fans shouldn’t expect Cardi B’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album to arrive this year as she recently revealed she’s looking at a 2024 release.


“I was indecisive but I was like, you know what? I should already start talking about the album because I’m going to be putting it out very soon,” she told Hot 97 last week.

“But it’s like, I have to watch it because I always feel like somebody watching me — it’s going to come out when it’s going to come out. I can say that — it’s not going to come out this year.”

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