Cardi B Teases Album Release Date: 'Stay Tuned, Motherf**kers'

It’s been nearly a year since Cardi B released her breakthrough single “Bodak Yellow,” the summer banger that catapulted her to instant superstardom and landed the rapper her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 as well as two Grammy nominations. Now, five chart-toppers later, Cardi is finally giving fans what they’ve been waiting for: an album.

While accepting the iHeart Radio Award for Best New Artist on Sunday, Cardi revealed that her debut studio album is set to drop next month. “My album will be coming in April. Yes sir. April,” she announced.

She added, “Stay tuned, motherfuckers.”

The 25-year-old, whose birth name is Belcalis Almanzar, didn’t reveal details about the album, but more than likely it will include “Bodak Yellow” along with her latest single, “Bartier Cardi," featuring 21 Savage. 

Back in August, Cardi initially announced plans to drop her first album in October. However, the Bronx native delayed the project’s release date to ensure that the album was as perfect as possible, tweeting in November: “I have a lot of pressure on me. I have songs stashed up. I just don’t think they qualified for my album. Sometimes I think [it] is ready, sometimes I think it’s not, so I’m going to take my time till it’s right.”

She elaborated on her troubles picking the right songs for the album during a radio appearance on 105.1’s The Breakfast Club in September. “Every single time I think I got all the 10 songs, I’m like, ‘I’m buggin’. These ain’t it.’ It’s just like damn, I’m competing with myself. I’m competing with the goddamn No. 2 record [on the Billboard Hot 100] and stuff.”

Despite pushing back the album's release date, Cardi’s still had an impressive climb to the top. In addition to becoming the first woman to appear at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 with a solo hip-hop track since Lauryn Hill’s “Do Wop (That Thing)” in 1998, Cardi also is the first woman to have five concurrent singles in the Top 10 of Billboard’s R&B chart. Along with “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi,” the former Love & Hip Hop star’s feature on tracks including Bruno Mars’s “Finesse,” G-Eazy’s “No Limit” and “MotorSport” by Migos and Nicki Minaj also placed within Billboard’s Top 10.