Cardi B's teamed up with fellow New York rappers Kay Flock, Dougie B and Bory300 for the fiery Shake It, and it's a track that sees Cardi and co. spitting pure venom. Shake It is Kay Flock's first track since his 2021 debut project The D.O.A Tape, and he's pulled out all the stops for this one.
The quartet of MCs all bring some serious heat to this one, with Cardi flexing her status by dropping bars like "Put a tag on your head, I can buy you (Bah)" and "Up in my Prada, up in Balenci' (Grrah-grrah, grrah)". It's a fast-paced, neck-snapping track, and if you're looking to amp yourself up before you take on the world, then Shake It will fill you with confidence.
It's no wonder that Cardi sounds so comfortable on a drill beat, either, having previously told Billboard that "when I started becoming an artist, I got influenced by a lot of Chicago drill music." In recent times, thanks to artists like the late Pop Smoke and Kay Flock, drill has become a staple of Cardi's home borough, the Bronx, and this is her way of connecting once more with her roots.
To build the beat for Shake It, the track's producer Elias Beatz sampled Akon's Bananza (Belly Dancer) and Sean Paul's Temperature, while the Jochi Saca-directed visuals for the track pay tribute to NY's bodegas. This is how you show love to the area where you grew up (and if you dared to doubt Cardi's history with drill, she took to Twitter to share the first time she hopped on a drill track).
This was really my first drill song …it’s a remix to BON by King Louie pic.twitter.com/KnFjcDw1TW
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) April 15, 2022
It's been a little while since Cardi released her 2018 debut album Invasion Of Privacy, and we're looking forward to hearing what she's got in store for us. Back in January, she shared footage of her working on new music, saying, “Look what Ed built me in this ghetto ass studio,” before showing off her surroundings.
You can check out Shake It below. It's the second time we've heard new music from Cardi in 2022, following her collaboration with Summer Walker and SZA, No Love, and we're loving her intensity and focus on Shake It.