Bruno Mars isn’t done with the early ’90s. The Grammy winner made an entire album that played like an ode to his childhood years with the release of 2016’s 24K Magic and he’s continuing to honour the decade with his latest single “Please Me.” Teaming up once again with rapper Cardi B, the pair are looking for another hit with their super sexualized new single, which makes no effort to hide its love of the ’90s or sex. The line “Better f–k me like we listenin’ to Jodeci” is really the crux of the song. The duet was produced by Bruno Mars and the Stereotypes, with the song melding Mars’ silky smooth vocals with Cardi B’s rapid-fire delivery of her bedroom preferences.
Mars and Cardi B first teamed up in last January with a remix of Mars’ single “Finesse,” with the pair delivering a pure ’90s video inspired by the hit sketch series In Living Color. Cardi was scheduled to open for Mars during his 2018 tour, but ended up bowing out of the tour after delivering her daughter Kulture.
Dropping the track at midnight, Cardi B returned from her self-imposed social media retirement after receiving negative responses to her Best Rap Album win at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, making her the first solo female artist to win. The push back was similar to the unwarranted criticism received by Alessia Cara, who in 2018 won Best New Artist. Because yeah, it’s still really difficult to be a woman in the music business in 2019. Or any business.
Cardi received some words of encouragement from one of her musical idols, with Lady Gaga praising the rapper for her work on Invasion of Privacy.
We love seeing ladies supporting one another. And Bruno Mars supporting the ladies. He’s a good dude.
It is so hard to be a woman in this industry. What it takes, how hard we work through the disrespectful challenges, just to make art. I love you Cardi. You deserve your awards. Let’s celebrate her fight. Lift her up & honor her. She is brave. pic.twitter.com/lunY27vn3E
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 13, 2019