Top Dawg Entertainment president Punch has compared Cardi B to Tupac, saying that the late rapper’s “DNA is in her blood”.
After tweeting “Cardi B is 2pac” over the weekend, Punch has elaborated on his comparison in an op-ed for DJ Booth.
“Pac wasn’t as skilled technically as some of his iconic counterparts, like a JAY-Z or Nas or B.I.G.,” he writes, “and yet, he’s still viewed by many as the greatest rapper of all time. Why is that? The answer: a combination of passion, content, delivery, and HONESTY.”
Cardi B is 2pac.
— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) April 7, 2018
While admitting that he doesn’t “know as much about Cardi as I do about 2Pac”, Punch says he is aware that she “embodies some of those same qualities” as the legendary rapper.
“She’s a straight shooter right from the hip,” he adds. “Her interviews are as raw as her music. She’s politically incorrect, yet, her charisma means you cannot stop watching and listening, whether you agree or disagree.”
Punch continues: “Obviously, ‘Cardi B is 2Pac’ is a metaphor. Cardi is one album into her career. Of course she can’t compare with his body of work… I’m not saying she’s the heir apparent to Tupac Shakur or that she’s the second coming, but Cardi B does embody a lot of Pac’s best qualities and his DNA is in her blood.”
Earlier today, it was announced that Cardi B has cancelled her Wireless Festival appearance following news of her pregnancy.
During her Saturday Night Live performance at the weekend, Cardi publicly revealed that she is expecting. While performing ‘Be Careful’, the camera panned out to show the rapper’s baby bump in her white gown, prompting cheers from the audience.
The Bronx rapper released her debut studio album ‘Invasion of Privacy’, last Friday (April 6). Read the NME review here.