Cardi B has just dropped a new song titled ‘Up’ and it’s a real bop.
But shortly after releasing the track last Friday, the rapper was hit with accusations of plagiarism. Two American rappers, Mir Pesos and Mir Fontane, accused her of ripping off their track ‘Stuck’, which was released last September.
They both shared a video to Twitter comparing ‘Stuck’ and ‘Up’, highlighting their similarities.
The phrase, “if it’s up, then it’s stuck,” is repeated throughout both tracks, causing many people on social media to remark how similar they are.
Mir Pesos tagged Cardi on Twitter, saying “we want my money”.
Cardi responded directly to the tweet, saying that she’d never heard the song ‘Stuck’.
“Naaa I’m the type of person that avoids problems & court days,” she wrote.
“If I get inspired by a song I wouldn’t mind giving a percentage or couple of thousand but I never [heard of] this man. I’m glad while I was recording this song in August I was playing with the hook on this live,” she added.
She then shared a video of her singing the line “if it’s up then it’s stuck” in an Instagram live video from August –– the month before ‘Stuck’ premiered on YouTube.
However, Mir Fontane hit back, writing that he and Mir Pesos previewed their single on August 6 and “recorded it even earlier than that”.
He shared a screenshot that appeared to show that ‘Stuck’ premiered on August 6, but YouTube shows it as September 15th.
Cardi then shut down the back-and-forth with a single tweet: “F—the drama. RUN THE NUMBERS UP!!!” she wrote.
Many social media users pointed out that “if it’s up then it’s stuck” is a common phrase in hip-hop slang.
Song lyrics site Genius reports that the slang has roots in the American South with particular popularity among rappers cities like Atlanta and Baton Rouge. The line appears in the Travis Scott and JACKBOYS track ‘Out West’.
This isn’t the first time Cardi has been accused of plagiarising her music. Last year Rapper Dela Wesst accused the rapper of stealing lyrics in her features on Offset’s ‘Clout’ and Blueface’s ‘Thotiana (Remix)’.
In 2019, Cardi and Lil Nas X’s song ‘Rodeo’ was accused of being derivative of a song created by two Atlanta producers.