Cardi B took some heat back in October when she called herself the “Trap Selena,” referring to the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, on Migo’s track “Motor Sport.” The Bronx-born rapper endured the wrath of Quintanilla’s fans who felt comparing herself to the music legend was off-base. Now, over a month later, Cardi is responding in good spirits to the backlash.
“I said Trap Selena because who didn’t wanted to be Selena?” tweeted Cardi with a heart-eyed emoji. “She is a alter ego that everybody would want to be and i want the world to know how much i love her.”
The controversial lyric goes: “Let me wrap my weave up, I’m the Trap Selena, Dame más gasolina,” she rapped on the single, also referencing Daddy Yankee’s 2004 hit single “Gasolina.”
Protests marched through the Twitterverse when the song dropped in October. “Cardi B needs to not compare herself to Selena or think she’s a different version of her period. No, not all, total different walks of life,” one Quintanilla loyalist wrote.
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But, not everyone hated on the rapper’s identification with Tex-Mex queen: “Cardi B is the trap Selena….if we’re being really real,” a fan of the rapper tweeted.
The icon’s sister Suzette Quintanilla also defended the hip-hop artist during an interview with Los Angeles’s radio station Power 106 in November. “I think it’s an honor because it just shows that Selena is a legend,” Suzette said when asked about Cardi B’s offending lyric. “She’s being recognized, not just in the Latino community or in Latin music, she’s worldwide.”