Pete Rodriguez, the Puerto Rican singer sampled on Cardi B's "I Like It," has conceded that he had never heard of her prior to landing on the song of the summer contender. Rodriguez, now 86, released the original "I Like It" in 1967.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Rodriguez said his family informed him that the chorus from his song had been sampled by Cardi. “My kids and grandkids called me and texted me about it,” he said. “We recorded [the original] in 1967, so it’s come a long way. I never thought it was going to last for 50 years.”
Rodriguez now counts himself as a Cardi B fan after an education from the younger members of his family. “I wasn’t aware of Cardi, but my kids and grandkids were. They were all excited; they’re fans,” he said. “I’ve been out of the loop for a while, but I’ve watched some of her videos now and my favorite is definitely ‘I Like It.'”
Last week Cardi B pulled out of an upcoming tour with Bruno Mars as she spends time adjusting to the birth of her first daughter, Kulture. She also suggested that she will release a new project before the end of the year.