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The Making Of Cardi B’s “Money” With J. White Did It

Cardi B’s latest hit, “Money,” is currently sitting at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its second week on the chart. The track finds the Bronx rapper reflecting upon success and motherhood. Production is handled by Cardi’s frequent collaborator, J. White Did It, who is best known for making the beats for her breakout hit, “Bodak Yellow,” and second No. 1 single, “I Like It.”

J. White tells Genius that the piano serves as the lynchpin for the beat. “I love just intense-sounding sounds, so this piano is what I started with,” he recalls. “This is suspense. Like, I’m coming. It feels like some shark in the water. That piano just… it sets the tone for the mood.”

From there, he added handclaps to give the track a more organic feeling and then moved on to the hi-hats. After that, J. White created the all-important 808 pattern. “I feel like the 808 is the heart and soul of every hip-hop record,” he explains. “I space my 808s out because I just don’t feel like riding in my car and hearing ‘boom boom boom’ the whole time. I want the song to breathe, and I feel like as producers, we have to learn that the voice is the main instrument.”

The Dallas-based producer adds that creating a hit record is all about capturing the right feeling. “You just need to get the right vibe and let it out,” he says. “Don’t hold on the the vibe. Don’t add too much sauce to the party. Just let it fly, it don’t need much.”

Check out the full Deconstructed episode above to learn more about how the song was made, and read all the lyrics to Cardi B’s “Money” on Genius now.

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