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“I Like it” Cardi B

“I Like it” Cardi B Description

I Like It” is a song recorded by American rapper Cardi B with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and Colombian singer J Balvin for her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018). It was released on May 25, 2018 to radio stations through Atlantic Records as the fifth single from the album.

“I Like It” is a Latin trap song that comprises a trap beat and salsa music. It was written by the three performers along with Jordan Thorpe and Klenord Raphael, while the production was handled by J. White Did It, Tainy, Craig Kallman and Invincible. The song contains a sample from “I Like It Like That”, with Tony Pabón, Manny Rodriguez, and Benny Bonnilla being credited as co-writers.

Work on the song took from October 2017 to early April 2018. Its music video was filmed in Little Havana, Miami. The single topped the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cardi B‘s second number one—the first time a female rapper achieve this in the chart’s history, and the first for both Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

It also reached the top 10 in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Critically acclaimed, Billboard staff, Los Angeles Times, and Apple Music’s editorial selection ranked it as the best song of the year, while Rolling Stone named it “the best summer song of all time.”

“I Like It” was nominated for Record of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. It became the first song led by a female rapper to surpass a billion streams on Spotify, also making her the first woman in hip hop with a pair of billion-streamers on the service. “I Like It” is the highest-ranked song led by a female rapper on the Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart for the 2010s. It was certified octuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2019.

“I Like it” Music video

The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Eif Rivera and filmed in March 2018 in Little Havana, Miami. A preview of the clip was featured on YouTube Music’s announcement video on May 23. Released on May 29, 2018, the music video opens with Cardi B in a neighborhood, followed by scenes of Bad Bunny in the streets and J Balvin in a club. It also features scenes of the trio performing together.

Director Eif Rivera stated in an interview that he was inspired by the movie I Like It Like That (1994), which opening scene centered in a neighborhood of the South Bronx. Vibe noted Cardi B’s garments inspired by Celia Cruz.

“I Like It” topped YouTube’s 2018 Songs of the Summer list in the United States, and ranked fifth globally. As of August 2020, it has received over 1.2 billion views.

Live performances

Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin gave the first live performance of “I Like It” at the 2018 Coachella Music Festival during its second weekend, on April 22. The trio delivered the first televised performance of the song at the 2018 American Music Awards. Featuring colorful outfits and visuals, they were accompanied by a live band composed by trumpet and bongo players. Cardi started the performance by lying atop a rotating circular stage; she then ripped off the voluminous tulle and performed a salsa dance.

Bad Bunny was wheeled in for his verse in a grocery cart, while J Balvin joined hanging by the DJ booth. The Billboard article reviewing the ceremony named it the best performance of the night.

Bad Bunny performed the song with Shakira during the Super Bowl LIV halftime show.

Track listing

  • Digital download – Dillon Francis remix
  1. “I Like It” (Dillon Francis remix) – 3:39
  • Digital download – German remix
  1. “I Like It” (featuring Kontra K and AK Ausserkontrolle) – 4:14
  • 12-inch single
  1. “I Like It” – 4:13
  2. “I Like It” (instrumental) – 4:13
  3. “I Like It” (Dillon Francis remix) – 3:39
  4. “I Like It” (radio edit) – 4:11

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.

  • Cardi B – vocals
  • Bad Bunny – vocals
  • J Balvin – vocals
  • J. White Did It – producer
  • Tainy – producer
  • Craig Kallman – producer
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“I Like it” Cardi B Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah, baby, I like it like that
You gotta believe me when I tell you
I said I like it like that
You gotta believe me when I tell you
I said I like it like—

[Verse 1: Cardi B]
Now I like dollars, I like diamonds
I like stuntin’, I like shinin’ (Yeah)
I like million dollar deals
Where’s my pen? Bitch I’m signin’ (Signin’)
I like those Balenciagas (Those)
The ones that look like socks
I like going to the jeweler
I put rocks all in my watch (Cha-ching)
I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance (What?)
I like proving niggas wrong
I do what they say I can’t
They call me Cardi Bardi, banging body
Spicy mami, hot tamale
Hotter than a Somali, fur coat, Ferrari (Rrr, woo)
Hop out the stu’, jump in the coupe (Coupe)
Big Dipper on top of the roof
Flexing on bitches as hard as I can
Eating halal, driving the Lam’
Told that bitch I’m sorry though (Sorry though)
‘Bout my coins like Mario (Mario)
Yeah, they call me Cardi B
I run this shit like cardio
Woo, facts

[Chorus: Cardi B]
Diamond district in the chain, chain (I said I like it like that)
Certified, you know I’m gang, gang, gang, gang (I said I like it like—woo)
Drop the top and blow the brains, woo (Woo, I said I like it like that)
Oh, he’s so handsome, what’s his name? Yeah (Woo, bags, I said I like it)
Oh, I need the dollars, cha-ching (I said I like it like that)
Beat it up like piñatas (I said I like it like—; uh)
Tell the driver, close the curtains (I said I like it like that, skrrt)
Bad bitch make you nervous (I said I like it)
Cardi B

[Verse 2: Bad Bunny]
Chambean, chambean, pero no jalan (¡Jalan!)
Tú compras to’a las Jordan, bo, a mí me las regalan (Jeje)
I spend in the club what you have in the bank (¡Wuh; ¡yeh!)
This is the new religion bang in Latino gang, gang, ¡yeh!
Trato de hacer dieta, pero es que en el closet tengo mucha grasa (¡Yeh!; ¡wuh!)
Ya mudé la’ Gucci pa’ dentro de casa, yeh (¡Wuh!)
Cabrón, a ti no te conocen ni en Plaza (No)
El Diablo me llama, pero Jesucristo me abraza (Amén)
Guerrero como Eddie, que viva la raza, yeh
Me gustan boricuas, me gustan cubanas
Me gusta el acento de las colombianas (¿Qué hubo pues?)
Como mueve el culo la dominicana (¿Qué lo que?)
Lo rico que me chingan las venezolanas (¡Wuh!)
Andamos activos, Perico Pin Pin (Wuh)
Billetes de cien en el maletín (¡Ching!)
Que retumbe el bajo, Bobby Valentín, yeh (¡Buh!)
Aquí es prohibido amar, diles, Charytín
Que pa’l picor les tengo Claritín
Yo llego a la disco y se forma el motín (¡Rrrah!)

[Chorus: Cardi B, Bad Bunny]
Diamond district in the chain (I said I like it like that)
Bad Bunny baby, bebé, bebé
Certified, you know I’m gang, gang, gang, gang (I said I like it like—woo)
Drop the top and blow the brains, woo (Woo, I said I like it like that)
Oh, he’s so handsome, what’s his name? Yeah (Woo, yeh, I said I like it)
Oh, I need the dollars, cha-ching (I said I like it like that)
Beat it up like piñatas (I said I like it like—)
Tell the driver, close the curtains (I said I like it like that, skrrt)
Bad bitch make you nervous (I said I like it, that)

[Verse 3: J Balvin]
Como Celia Cruz tengo el azúcar (Azúca’)
Tu jeva me vio y se fue de pecho como Jimmy Snuka (Ah)
Te vamos a tumbar la peluca
Y arranca pa’l carajo, cabrón, que a ti no te vo’a pasar la hookah (Hookah, hookah)
Mis tenis Balenciaga me reciben en la entrada (Wuh)
Pa-Pa-Paparazzi like I’m Lady Gaga (Wuh)
Y no te me hagas (Eh)
Que en cover de Billboard tú has visto mi cara (Eh)
No salgo de tu mente (Wuh)
Donde quieras que viajes has escuchado “Mi Gente”
Yo no soy hype, soy como el Testarossa (Hype; ‘rossa)
Yo soy el que se la vive y también el que la goza (Goza, goza)
Es la cosa, mami es la cosa (Cosa, cosa)
El que mira sufre y el que toca goza (Goza, goza, goza)

[Bridge: J Balvin, Cardi B]
I said I like it like that
I said I like it like that (Rrr)
I said I like it like that (Woo)
I said I like it like that

[Chorus: Cardi B]
Diamond district in the chain (I said I-like-it like that)
Certified, you know I’m gang, gang (I said I-like-it like—)
Drop the top and blow the brains, woo (I said I-like-it like that)
Oh, he’s so handsome, what’s his name? Yeah (I said I-like-it)

“I Like it” Cardi B Music Video

“I Like it” Cardi B Image

About “I Like it” Cardi B

Artist Cardi B
Featured Artist J. Balvin, Bad Bunny
Album Invasion of Privacy
Release Date May 25, 2018
Length 4:13
Genre Latin trap
Label Atlantic Records
Songwriter(s) Belcalis Almanzar, Benito Ocasio, José Osorio, Tony Pabó,n Marcos Masis, Jesus Nieves, Manny Rodriguez
Producer(s) J. White Did It, Tainy, Craig Kallman, Invincible
Format Digital download, Streaming
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