The outspoken rapper sat down with David Letterman for the new season of Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” where she opened up about the importance of using her platform to share her political views.
“I don’t really put a lot of political things in my music, but I use the fu**k out of my platform,” she said in a preview clip from the episode. “And I have used my platform even when I was a dancer. Because you might think that people are not looking, but they are.”
Cardi, who has interviewed Senator Bernie Sanders and President Joe Biden in the past, feels it’s her duty to not only be an entertainer, but also bring awareness to issues her fans may not know about.
“I mean, I’m a hood chick, and I’m from the Bronx,” she said. “A lot of people relate to me and follow me because they want to see how I’m dressed, they want to see my lifestyle. I feel like I have a responsibility to also share to them like, ‘Hey, while you here and you’re checking my outfit and you’re checking my music, check out what’s going on over here in this part of the world.’”
Back in February, the Grammy winner took to Twitter to weigh in on the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
“Wish these world leaders stop tripping about power and really think about whose really getting affected (citizens) besides the whole world is in a crisis,” she tweeted. “War,sanctions,invasions should be the last thing these leaders should worry about.”
When a fan questioned whether it was really Cardi behind the tweet, she uploaded a video to prove her point. “I actually want to say a lot of things, but I’m just gonna mind my business because sometimes, I feel like I have such a big platform that if I don’t say the right things, I might get killed,” she said. “I’m really annoyed by this and I really wish that all leaders right now just really come with a logical conclusion.”
Cardi’s interview with Letterman appears on this season of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” which also features Will Smith, Billie Eilish, Kevin Durant, and Ryan Reynolds.