Cardi B Responds to Backlash on El Alfa Collab, Says Not Making a Dembow Song Was Strategic

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After teasing the observe over the previous few weeks, Cardi B and El Alfa lastly revealed their much-hyped collab “Mi Mami” on Friday. Fans have been dissatisfied to seek out that the 2 stars opted to not report a normal dembow observe collectively, particularly since El Alfa is essentially thought of the style’s most trustworthy ambassador, whilst different Dominican urbano artists have turned to reggaeton or Latin entice. Critics swarmed social media on Friday, voicing their frustration and what they perceived as a missed alternative for the style, which regularly struggles to safe mainstream recognition in comparison with extra seen genres like reggaeton or Spanish-language pop.

In response to the backlash, the Bronx-born rapper took to social media to share her considering behind the choice. On Instagram Live, she criticized the shortage of visibility Dominican artists have at main award ceremonies. “Next 12 months, I need Dominican rappers nominated on the Billboards. I need them to be nominated on the Latin Grammys. I need them to be nominated at Premios Lo Nuestro. I don’t perceive why we’re not there. We work onerous. Our music is wonderful…I simply need my folks to push ahead…I need us to get to the highest,” she mentioned, identify dropping her favourite dembowseros, together with El Alfa, Shelow Shaq and La Insuperable.

“I do know that when dembow goes mainstream, it’s going to vary the whole lot,” Cardi continued, arguing that the choice to not make a dembow was strategic, because the style is much less seen within the mainstream Spanish-language music trade. “It’s like, ‘Ok, let’s play the sport they play and make reggaeton/entice after which we’ll hit them with dembow.’ I knew that individuals wished a dembow with me and El Alfa. But [we decided to make] a music that’d take off after which when folks discover out, that’s once we’ll give them a dembow,” she mentioned in Spanish.

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