Joe Budden, known for his candid and unfiltered opinions, recently offered his thoughts on Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s latest single, “Bongos,” during an episode of “The Joe Budden Podcast.”
In his critique, he expressed disappointment in the song, particularly when comparing it to their previous collaboration, “WAP.”
According to Joe, “Bongos” lacks the same level of excitement and appeal as “WAP.” He believes that “WAP” captured the zeitgeist when it was released, making it a memorable hit. However, he argues that the magic is missing in their latest offering.
One crucial element that Joe Budden feels is absent in “Bongos” is Pardison Fontaine, also known as Pardi. Pardi was a collaborator and songwriter on “WAP,” contributing to its success.
He has worked on several songs with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion and has been involved in Cardi B’s recent songwriting efforts. Additionally, Pardi dated Megan Thee Stallion for a significant period until their breakup.
Joe mistakenly assumes that Pardi is not part of the creative process for “Bongos.” However, Pardi is, in fact, a credited writer for the song. Despite this error, Joe’s main point is that “Bongos” does not reach the same “ratchet” level as their previous collaborations, and he believes that Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion missed the mark with this release.
It remains to be seen how “Bongos” will perform in terms of chart success and fan reception. The song was released with significant anticipation and garnered attention for its reported $2 million production budget. Additionally, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are scheduled to perform the song at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
Interestingly, “Bongos” serves as the opening track for Cardi B’s highly anticipated second album. Joe Budden’s initial reaction to this single raises questions about the album’s overall quality in his eyes. Nevertheless, music is subjective, and fans will ultimately determine the success and impact of “Bongos” and the album as a whole.