MotorSport
by Migos (featuring Cardi B & Nicki Minaj)

Album: Culture II (2017)
Charted: 49 6

Songfacts®:

  • The first taste of Migos' Culture II album, "Motor Sport" was released on October 27, 2017. The track was produced Murda Beatz, who have previously worked with Migos on tracks like "Get Right Witcha" and "Pipe It Up." He was assisted by his frequent collaborator, the German duo Cubeatz (Drake's "Summer Sixteen," Kodak Black's "Tunnel Vision.")
  • The song features fiery verses by Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, who both drop bars about living in the fast lane. It's the first time the two big-name New York City rappers have worked together. (Cardi B previously collaborated with Migos member Offset on her song "Lick.")
  • Cardi B started dating Offset in early 2017 and she pays tribute in her verse to her romantic partner.

    I get upset off
    I turn Offset on
    I told him the other day
    Man, we should sell that porn
  • Following the chart-topping success of Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow," rumormongers attempted to create some nonexistent beef between her and Nicki.

    Why would I hop in some beef (Why?)
    When I could just hop in a Porsche
    You heard she gon' do what from who?
    That's not a reliable source, no.


    Cardi squashes during her verse the speculation regarding rumored tensions between the two New York MCs.
  • Nicki Minaj had no idea Cardi B would also be featured on the record when she recorded her verse. The rapper explained she originally dropped her rhymes under the assumption it would be just her and Quavo; however, she said the Migos member later contacted her about Cardi's potential verse. Minaj tweeted:

    "No one else was on it. He called & asked if I think we should put Bardi on it, I said "ok let's do it". The end. Migos weren't even on it yet. Just Quavo. The conspiracy theories r just so tired. Relax. Breathe. Imagine me not knowing who on a song w/me. Anything w/my name on it gets approved by me. It can't even go on a streaming service w/o me hearing it & giving written approval."
  • Though Cardi B had connections with Migos and Nicki Minaj from back in her days as an exotic dancer, she wasn't secure enough to ask those two artists to collaborate with her.

    "It means a lot. It means a lot to me," she told Complex News. "You know, I made a lot of money dancing to their music while I was a dancer."

    "I used to be around them, like, 'Oh, would you guys do a collab with me?' because I didn't even have the audacity for me to even ask them," Cardi added. "For them to ask me to be on this record, it just made me feel like, 'You know what? I proved myself.'"
  • Takeoff hits on Nicki Minaj during his verse:

    If Nicki should show me her ti--y
    Right hand on the Bible, I swear I won't tell (swear)
    If I get to play with that kitty
    I wonder how many platinums we gon' sell (albums).


    Minaj confessed she initially didn't pay close enough attention to Takeoff's flirty verse. She took to Twitter in late November 2017 to admit to the initial oversight, much to her fans' amusement.

    "Take Off (sic) verse on Motorsport," she began. "it's my s--t tho but ummm I feel like I didn't peep them lines until the song came out (sic). I was like (shocked face emoji)."

    After a fan tweeted saying "glad [Nicki] didn't stop Take Offs bag", Nicki replied with this tweet:

    "I would've if I had realized he was talking about me in that part. I didn't peep that lil 5 letter word 'Nicki (sic).'"
  • When this jumped to #6 on the Hot 100, Cardi B became the first female rapper to ever place in the top 10 with her first three singles. Both her solo cut "Bodak Yellow," and the Bronx MC's collab with G-Eazy and A$AP Rocky, "No Limit," landed in the top tier as well.

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