Cardi B Reveals She Only Spent $15,000 On “Bodak Yellow” Music Video

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The chart-topper also shares the costs of her other videos like “Lick,” “Please Me,” and “WAP.”

“Bodak Yellow” is one of the most commercially successful rap singles of all time. Cardi B’s breakout record is already certified 9x-Platinum by the RIAA and its music video has collected over 950 million views on YouTube.

The former Billboard Hot 100 #1 song helped turn Cardi into a household name around the world. It launched her music career which now includes three more Number Ones, a historic Grammy win, and a record-setting Invasion of Privacy album.

Cardi’s rise to stardom apparently began on a shoestring budget. The Bronx native informed her Twitter followers that the Picture Perfect-directed “Bodak Yellow” visuals were shot for under $20,000.



“Fun fact: ‘Bodak Yellow’ music video cost me 15 thousand dollars. I was in Dubai and I said… I gotta fly Picture (videographer) out here… BOOM BOOM BANG! Ya know the rest,” posted Cardi B on Wednesday morning.

The Atlantic recording artist went on to share the costs of other videos in her catalog. According to Cardi B, the “Money” MV cost $400K, the “Please Me” MV cost $900K, and the “WAP” MV cost $1 million.

The “Be Careful” video budget was said to be around $200,000. She supposedly spent $150,000 on the “Bartier Cardi” music video featuring Atlanta’s 21 Savage.

Cardi B then explained that she does not remember the expenses for the #1 hit “I Like It” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin because she was carrying a child at the time and the experience with the paparazzi was not enjoyable. She also recalled filming her “Lick” video with her now-husband Offset.

“I think like 15K,” responded Cardi when asked about the “Lick” budget. “Offset had a 40K wardrobe fee for videos so I had to pay it out my pocket cause I didn’t wanna look like a small artist with a tiny ass music video budget… I told him like a year later.”

She added, “Ugh it was very [expressionless face emoji]. We shot the video at a casino in a Holiday Inn in Jersey and I was embarrassed cause it [looked] so low budget and Set was about to pull up and I barely knew him so I was so shy and when he kissed me on camera my heart [sank] [smiling face with heart-shaped eyes emoji]. Every1 was like [dizzy face emojis][face with open mouth emojis].”