Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s collaboration “WAP” is in the midst of a record-setting Billboard chart and streaming run establishing new standards of success for female rap hits. On the latest episode of the Pensado’s Place videocast, Leslie Brathwaite and Evan Laray — the multiple Grammy Award-winning tandem responsible for audio engineering this massive hit (as well as Cardi’s debut album Invasion of Privacy) — reveal some of the secrets of their, and the track’s success. As well, if ever looking for helpful hints on how to blend multiple different recording sessions — with their related plugins — plus varying audio levels and an artist’s precise rules for how they enjoy their voices to sound, this is for you. Plus, how the duo and their related mega-stars handled recording and engineering during a quarantine is also discussed.
“[Because of COVID] Cardi really had time to lock in and focus on what she wanted to say and how she needed the track to sound. Before COVID, she was touring and traveling so much that she wasn’t as focused and able to put her full effort in on the recordings,” Evan Laray notes on the episode about working with Cardi during COVID. “During the pandemic, we’ve been locked in the studio for months. While recording, she’s saying some crazy things! And for [“WAP”] I picked a beat that fit her mood.”
Watch the full interview above.
The track, which features North Carolina rapper DaBaby, peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and recently reached platinum status. The song also inspired Meg’s 2019 summer anthem “Hot Girl Summer,” where the Houston rapper first coined the term “hot girl.”
“So, her being from Texas and me being from the state of Texas it’s just a gumbo pot of just mixtures, like it’s working so perfectly.” said Lil Ju.
Watch LilJuMadeDaBeat break down “Cash Sh#t” above.
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Megan Thee Stallion has dropped a visual for her anthemic track, “Hot Girl Summer.” The hip-hop hit, which features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was one of DJcity’s most downloaded tracks of August.
The steamy visual shows the rappers and their entourage living it up at a pool party. It also features cameos from other artists including Juicy J, who produced the track.
Watch the video above and download the track on DJcity.
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