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Cardi B’s “Up” is already stirring controversy. Just hours after dropping her new single, the Grammy-winning rapper now faces plagiarism allegations. Both New Jersey rappers Mir Pesos and Mir Fontane claim Cardi ripped off the chorus to theirs. Their song, “Stuck,” initially released in 2020. Mir Pesos aimed at Cardi by posting a clip of her new video alongside their own. “@iamcardib we want my money,” he demands. However, Cardi was quick to respond to the similarities, sharing an Instagram video of herself singing the song that she claims was recorded in August as she wrote: “From August 7th… I been working on this. Sorry lil boy never hurd of you.” According to Mir Fontane and Mir Pesos they previewed their song on Aug. 6, a day before Cardi B says her live-stream took place—and recorded it even earlier than that.
As Genius highlighted, more than 100 songs use some variation of “if it’s up, then it’s stuck,” noting that it’s a phrase that it can “trace its roots to southern regional slang.”
Meanwhile, Cardi’s version of the song is dominating Apple’s charts around the globe. “Up” is currently on #1 in Ghana and Bulgaria, #2 in Barbados and #4.