Be Careful (Cardi B song)

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"Be Careful"
Be Careful (Official Single Cover) by Cardi B.png
Single by Cardi B
from the album Invasion of Privacy
ReleasedMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)
Cardi B singles chronology
"Finesse (Remix)"
"Be Careful"
Music video
"Be Careful" on YouTube

"Be Careful" is a song recorded by American rapper Cardi B. It was released on March 29, 2018, as the third single from her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018). The song was written by Cardi B, Jordan Thorpe, and its producers Boi-1da, Vinylz, and Frank Dukes. It contains an interpolation from "Ex-Factor", written and performed by Lauryn Hill, which itself samples "Can It Be All So Simple", written and performed by Wu-Tang Clan. The latter song also samples "The Way We Were". Therefore, Hill, the eight members of Wu-Tang Clan, and Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman are credited among the composers.[1][2]

A song about infidelity, "Be Careful" was inspired by her past romantic relationships in New York City, which annoyed Almánzar when she was finishing recording Invasion of Privacy there. "Be Careful" peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top 40 in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The song received a nomination for Best Rap Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[3]

Background and release[edit]

A demo of one verse for "Be Careful" was first written and recorded by Pardison Fontaine, stage name of Jordan Thorpe.[4] Later, Cardi and the producers Frank Dukes, Boi-1da and Vinylz added the hook and finished writing the rest of the song.[5] Cardi was motivated to write the song when she was in New York City finishing her debut album, Invasion of Privacy (2018). Annoyed about her past romantic relationships and the unfaithfulness in them, she found herself tense and upset – prioritising work, with too many bad thoughts.[6] Initially some listeners believed the song was addressed to Cardi's fiance, rapper Offset, however she denied this. [7]

"Be Careful", the third and final single that preceded the album, was recorded at Chuing King Studios in NY by Commissioner Gordon (who also recorded Lauryn Hill's Ex-Factor single in the same studio) and mixed at Hit Factory Studios in New York as well. The song was released a week after its recording with "Drip" on February 2018.[8][9][10]


Cardi B performs the hook using a softly sung vocal style over a "laidback" beat. The song also comprises "flickering" hi-hats and "slick" synths.[11] Lyrically, "Be Careful" is a song about infidelity, where the performer warns her cheating partner and asks him to treat her better.[12][13] During an interview, Cardi B expressed she drew inspiration from past relationships, while denying that the song was directed at her fiancé Offset.[14]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Jora Frantzis, the song's music video premiered on May 21, 2018. The clip opens with a wedding in a church filled with Jesus statues and crucifixes located in the middle of the dessert. Cardi B walks down the aisle in a wedding dress. The clip shifts to a darker hue as the rapper returns to the church, this time for her husband's funeral.[15][16]

Live performances[edit]

On April 7, 2018, Cardi B performed "Be Careful" on Saturday Night Live. During the performance she revealed her pregnancy.[17]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[36] Gold 40,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[38] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various March 29, 2018 Digital download Atlantic [39]
United States April 24, 2018 Urban contemporary
  • KSR
  • Atlantic


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