Cardi B Makes a Triumphant Return with “Like What (Freestyle)”: A Breakdown of Her Fiery Comeback

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Cardi B, the undisputed queen of rap, has made a triumphant return to the spotlight with her latest solo single, “Like What (Freestyle),” marking her first solo release in over three years. Produced by a team including DJ SwanQo, Sean Island, OctaneThisThatGas, and Lateef the Truthspeaker, the track is a bold statement of Cardi’s prowess and unapologetic attitude, sampling Missy Elliott’s iconic 1999 single “She’s a Bitch” to channel a spirit of fierce self-empowerment.

In the song’s intro, Cardi wastes no time addressing her absence from the solo scene, announcing her return with characteristic swagger and confidence:

Ayo, let me put some gas in this motherfuckin’ year, bitch
I ain’t really talked my shit in a minute
Like who the fuck these bitches really think they talkin’ to?
Like, bitch, is you fuckin’ dumb?

The chorus sees Cardi embracing her signature blend of class and audacity, effortlessly blending luxury references with sharp-tongued retorts:

Bitch said she wanna be my opp, God bless (God bless)
Look, I ain’t even got dressed
Any L that I took, come after YS
Oh, man (Oh, man)

As the verses unfold, Cardi’s lyricism remains as sharp as ever, taking aim at rivals and critics alike while asserting her dominance in the rap game:

First, that bitch hate me, then this bitch hate me
And somehow, they link up and they become friends, like, how?
Bitch, pipe down (Pipe down)
Moodboard, all y’all imitatin’ my style (Mm)

Cardi’s razor-sharp wit shines through in lines that blend humor with biting social commentary:

I know y’all bitches be horsin’ (Horsin’)
Lookin’ this good is really exhaustin’ (Exhaustin’)
Diamonds hit, Stone Cold Steve Austin (Brr)
Just got my lasered pussy smooth like a dolphin (Ah)

Accompanying the release of “Like What (Freestyle)” is a visually stunning music video directed by Cardi’s estranged husband, Offset. The video showcases Cardi in all her glamorous glory, strutting through a mansion in a series of eye-catching outfits, leaving no doubt that she’s back and better than ever.

With the tantalizing tease at the end of the video—”This is just the beginning… Stay tuned”—fans are left eagerly anticipating what’s next from Cardi B. Could this signal the imminent arrival of her long-awaited follow-up to her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy”? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for certain: Cardi B is back with a vengeance, ready to reclaim her throne atop the rap game.