Jennifer Lopez Knew Cardi B Was Destined For Hip-Hop success

AllHipHop Staff

J. Lo has had her sights set on working with Cardi B. for almost five years!

(AllHipHop News) Jennifer Lopez is "very excited" to debut her new collaboration with Cardi B at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards because she has been following the rapper's career for four years.

J. Lo was first rumored to be lining up a new song with Cardi in December, after her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, posted video footage of the singer/actress in the studio with producer DJ Khaled.

In the clip, the two artists could be heard discussing a guest appearance by "Cardi," an apparent reference to the hip-hop newcomer.

Lopez confirmed the joint project in January and on Wednesday she announced she will officially be unveiling the song at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20.

"I'm gonna be debuting my new song 'Dinero' that I have with DJ Khaled and Cardi B," she told breakfast show Today. "I'm very excited about it."

J.Lo had been eying the 25-year-old for a guest verse for some time, and actually reached out to the "Bodak Yellow" MC last summer, just as her debut single was blowing up.

"When I heard the song the first time, which was almost a year ago - I've had this song kinda like in my back pocket, and me and Khaled worked on it - I was like, 'I really think Cardi B (should be on it)'," Jennifer smiled, "and this was like, right as she was really getting going, but I (knew she would be huge)."

The 48-year-old explained she had been watching Cardi's star rise from afar, and was intrigued by her boisterous personality, especially because they are from the same New York neighborhood.

"I followed her on Instagram probably for the past four years, so I kinda knew who she was," Lopez said. "I was like, 'This girl is interesting, I like her.' She was from the Bronx and there was something about her, I said, 'I think she's gonna be great on this record.'

"I gave it to her and she did a great job and we just did the video... (We're) super excited."

It's not known if Cardi, who is seven months pregnant with her first child, will be joining J.Lo on the Billboard Music Awards stage, but the pop veteran joins a line-up which already features Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, and Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, who will also debut their new duet, "Fall in Line."