On “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B references her past as a stripper and how she has cemented her legitimacy in the rap game with her peerless work ethic. It’s the first single she released with Atlantic Records since signing to the label in June 2017.
Cardi’s flow and chorus are reminiscent of Kodak Black’s 2014 hit “No Flockin.” The title’s a play on Kodak’s name as “Bodak” references the “B” in Cardi B, and “Black” is changed to “Yellow” as she’s yellow.
Cardi revealed in an August 2017 Billboard interview that she wrote the lyrics to the song while listening to the beat on an airplane:
I heard the beat, I heard the beat, I heard the beat, on the airplane, I kept writing to it, I kept writing to it.