Cardi B Makes Out With Dancers In Sexy ‘Up’ Video As She Pays Tribute To TLC’s Late Left Eye

Cardi B Makes Out With Dancers In Sexy ‘Up’ Video As She Pays Tribute To TLC’s Late Left Eye

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Time to raise your hands and spirits, because Cardi B just got ‘up’ in this joint. The rapper released her first new music since ‘WAP,’ which even paid tribute to Left Eye in one dance break scene.

Nearly six months after turning “macaroni in a pot” into a dirty euphemism – all while shattering streaming records and giving conservative commentators a reason to clutch their pearls  — Cardi B returned with her first new song of 2021, “Up.” Cardi didn’t let the critics get to her, either, because she levels “up” the sexiness by making out with some of her gorgeous dancers in a few steamy scenes filmed inside a giant seashell.

Cardi B makes out with a dancer in her new “Up” music video. (Courtesy of Youtube)

While Cardi dominated music charts in 2020, she also said “RIP” to 2020 in the new visual and launched into a song that pretty much sparked a dance party across Twitter. Cardi herself does a lot of dancing, and changes into a beautifully designed outfit for each one of her mini dance parties within the music video. From a purple pastel cone bra top to a mermaid ensemble, the Grammy-winning artist had no shortage of outfits for this all-out music video…but one costume in particular, though, appeared to have extra special meaning behind it. Towards the end of the music video, Cardi changes into a studded, black leather bodice and fringe arm warmers that looked nearly identical to the late Left Eye‘s leather ensemble in TLC‘s 1999 music video for “No Scrubs” (see what we mean below).

Cardi B’s leather outfit looked so similar to Left Eye’s outfit pictured below. (Courtesy of Youtube)
Left Eye in TLC’s music video “No Scrubs.” (Courtesy of Youtube)

There were many other winks throughout the music video. JAY-Z‘s Armand de Brignac Champagne, marked with his iconic ace of spade logo, also makes a cameo, as does a sex toy (cue the viral audio of Cardi once saying she has a “pink dildo” in her dresser). She also appears to make another throwback reference with her line “If I had a d–k, you’d probably lick it like a lollipop,” which was reminiscent of 50 Cent‘s 2003 hit “Candy Shop.”

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Cardi first announced on Sunday (Jan. 31) that she had an “announcement” the following day. Cardi wore a black bikini and long denim coat to make this announcement about the announcement, and the barely-there outfits continued when she revealed “UP.” The cover art features Cardi swinging in a clear half-bubble swing while wearing a pink outfit that left little to the imagination. She recreated the outfit on Tuesday (Feb. 2) in an Instagram video. “The outfit was all sticker on,” she captioned the clip that showed her gyrating in front of a mirror.

“Up” follow’s Cardi’s landmark-in-the-making single, “WAP,” a collab with Megan Thee Stallion that celebrated female sexuality and arrived with a star-studded video. Since then, Cardi had been relatively quiet on the music front. She lent her voice on a BLACKPINK song (“Bet You Wanna” and a track by Anitta, but for the most part, that was it for Cardi. Fans have been eagerly awaiting her follow-up to 2018’s Invasion of Privacy, and it seems Cardi is ready to drop her highly-anticipated sophomore release.

Cardi B performs onstage during Day 1 of Music Midtown 2019 in Atlanta (AP)

In addition to dropping new music, Cardi is returning to the Super Bowl. Ms. Almánzar, who starred in Pepsi’s gameday ad in 2019, appeared alongside Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) in a Wayne’s World reunion filmed for Uber Eats’ commercial for Super Bowl LV. “Y’all know I love to eat, and right now we have got to be supporting our local restaurants,” Cardi said in a statement about the commercial, which stressed viewers to “Eat Local” by ordering food from neighborhood restaurants via Uber Eats.

“So many spots are struggling right now, and it’s up to us to EAT LOCAL! That’s why I teamed up with Uber Eats and my boys Wayne & Garth to help. Uber Eats is putting $20 million towards helping small businesses across the country, and they’re even offering up free delivery… So it’s time for y’all to support by enjoying some quality eats from your local faves this Super Bowl Sunday. I’ll see you there!”

Lin-Manuel Miranda – My Shot Lyrics

[Lin-Manuel Miranda]
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
My name is Lin-Manuel
I am hosting SNL
And I am not throwing away my shot

Now I’m gonna go for broke and do it all tonight
Take a swing
Pass the baton
Give me the ball tonight
I got a Tony and an Emmy and a Grammy yo
But what I really want’s a famous person cameo
Damn yo
Imma do a bunch of sketches
Sometimes I’ll play the lead
Give you what you need
Got your cue cards for me to read, yes indeed
Tonight you’ll see me at my naughtiest and bawdiest
And now I’m going to walk into the audience

Cause I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
This is my one big chance so bring on the dancers
Because I am not throwing away my shot
It’s time to take a shot!

And yes I’m right in my element
Who knew that Hamilton would be so topically relevant?
The way these grand-standing candidates be talking
They’re just a tweet away from facing off in Weehawken
They keep brawling
D and RNC keep falling
I like it better when it’s Kate McKinnon V. Baldwin
Yo so we thick in the plot, stirring the pot
Tonight I’m finally earning my spot
On this wall, in this hall and I’m getting a piece of it
Like Miley, Schumer, Tracy Morgan, and this piece-

(Well you’re never gonna be president now
Never gonna be president now
Never gonna be president now
Never gonna be-)

And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Ay yo election news cycles
And time with Lorne Michaels
I am not throwing away my shot

[Lorne Michaels]
Lin, you having a good time?

[Lin-Manuel MIranda]
I’m having the time of my life Lorne

[Lorne Michaels]
Any word on those Hamilton Tickets?

[Lin-Manuel Miranda]
Oh yeah, I’ll see what I can do. No promises though

[Lorne Michaels]
I can do a matinee

[Lin Manuel Miranda]
Yo, but seriously guys
Since I was five I decided to keep my eyes pried open wide
Waiting for Saturday Night Life
Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, insane, inhuman
The way Don Pardo would say ‘Laraine Newman!’
Dana Carvey, Tina Fey, Vanessa Bayer, David Spade
I prayed and stayed up late
Hoping one day they’d say I made the grade


Savor it
Own it
I swear to God
If I’m hosting I’m making the most of this moment tonight
And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
And as long as I remember to vote this November
I am not throwing away my shot