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"Bodak Yellow" (alternatively titled "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)") is a song written and recorded by American rapper Cardi B. It was released on January 12, 2018 by Atlantic Records as her debut single on a major record label. The song was influenced by American rapper Kodak Black’s song “No Flockin”. It topped the charts in 3 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100, making Cardi B the second female rapper to ever lead the chart as a solo artist.

Critical reception[]

Metacritic listed "Bodak Yellow" at the fourth best song of the month, saying "The flow of the song is spot on and she works her way around the lyrics with mastery. The attitude that radiates from her through the whole song adds a bite that’s been missing in a lot of modern rap music." USA Today wrote "The track’s name is a reference to the Florida rapper Kodak Black, borrowing the distinctive cadences he used on his minor hit 'No Flockin'. But 'Bodak Yellow' is no ripoff, and unlike so many other social media celebrities whose musical endeavors came and went, Cardi is a natural."

Music video[]

The song's music video, directed by Picture Perfect, was released on February 2, 2018. The video features scenes with Cardi B in Dubai, riding camels through the desert. As of April 2018, the video had been viewed over 370 million times on YouTube.

Chart performance[]

"Bodak Yellow" debuted at number 18 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of January 20, 2018. On its 3rd week on the chart, it entered the top 3, becoming Cardi's first in the US. The next week, it climbed to the top of the chart, reaching number 1. Cardi B became the second female, in history, to top the chart as a solo artist. The song has been certified septuple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 7,000,000 copies.

Internationally, the song was a success reaching the top position in Brazil and Canada, and reaching the top 5 in Australia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

To date, "Bodak Yellow" has sold over 10 million units worldwide and is Cardi B's best selling single.

Charts[]

Weekly charts[]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 4
Brazil (Brazilian Hot 100) 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1
France (SNEP) 3
Germany (Official German Charts) 3
UK Singles (Official Chart Company) 4
US Billboard Hot 100 1

Certifications[]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) 2× Platinum 140,000
Brazil (ABDP) 3× Platinum 300,000
Canada (Music Canada) 3× Platinum 240,000
France (SNEP) Diamond 250,000
Germany (BVMI) 2× Platinum 400,000
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum 600,000
United States (RIAA) 7× Platinum 7,000,000
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