Cardi B’s money moves just keep getting bigger and better. The half-Dominican, half-Trinidadian rapper, who was raised in New York City’s the Bronx, is now committed to getting more visibility for her fellow Spanish-speaking, Latino rappers. First, she teamed up with New York-based Dominican Messiah, who was featured in the Latin version of her chart-topping single “Bodak Yellow.”
Now, Cardi B is joining forces with Puerto Rican trap and reggaeton artist Ozuna on the highly-anticipated bilingual single “La Modelo,” set to drop on Dec. 22. But the pair surprised fans when they released the music video for the new tune on Dec. 19.
Shot in Jamaica, the video, directed by Venezuelan Nuno Gomes, taps the artists’ Caribbean heritage with kaleidoscopic, vibrant settings, such as a coastal mansion, a small nightclub, and a street corner, all set to the rhythm of a dancehall-inspired song in both Spanish and English.
Cardi B first teased the collaboration back in Nov., when she posted a video of herself lip-synching “La Modelo” on Instagram. The duo first met at one of Ozuna’s concerts in N.Y.C. He reached out to her for the collaboration, and later told Billboard, “I’d never brought someone like Cardi B into my own music. When you hear, you’ll say: ‘Wow, that woman is amazing, in English and in Spanish. That to me is the real crossover: a mainstream artist singing in Spanish.”
Both artists have made it big in 2017. Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” was one of the biggest hits this year, knocking Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” off the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. And in June, “Bardi,” as fans call her, scored a recording deal with Atlantic Records. Meanwhile, Ozuna made a big splash with hits like “Se Preparó” and “Tu Foto,” capturing the attention of the New York Times, which profiled the musician back in Sept. The Carolina-born performer was also featured on Post Malone’s “Rockstar” Latin Remix.