Video Footage Emerges Of Cardi B Nearly Attacked By Cheetah In Music Video
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In recent years, musicians have used a variety of animals to amp up the videos for their tracks. Sometimes it makes the artist look exotic or weird or rich, which is certainly the case with Bronx rapper Cardi B's video for 'Bodak Yellow'.
The chart-topping song already had enough sass and attitude, but the 25-year-old kicked it up a gear by including a shot of her sitting on a camel and standing next to a cheetah for the music video.
People who work in TV and movies will tell you to never work with kids or animals for the simple fact that you can't always control what they do, which is exactly what happened to Cardi B.
Director for the music video Picture Perfect told Genius he wanted to film it in Dubai when he knew the rapper was going there on a trip. He first chucked her on a camel and let her spit some bars, but the filming for that scene went way too long for Cardi, to the point she asked the team to move on because she was getting scared.
Then it was time for the more exotic, more Dubai type scene of her singing next to a cheetah - as you do. She was told to stand next to the big cat and hold onto its leash and all was fine and dandy until the cheetah got annoyed.
The spotted cat turned around, got up on two legs and hissed at Cardi, which understandably freaked her out.
"Okay. No, no, no! Come hold him," the 25-year-old yelled to the crew.
Naturally, everyone was a bit scared after that, but they managed to source another cheetah from a sultan for another scene - which made the cut for the video.
According to Picture Perfect, this cat had been fed 'six pounds of deer meat' and was very placid.
They originally wanted the Bronx woman sat next to the cheetah in a goddamn car but surprisingly they couldn't find someone who was willing to let an African killing machine sit in the passenger seat of their vehicle.
Cardi joins the likes of Lily Allen, Macklemore, Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry and Weezer who have used bears, tigers, monkeys, cats and even zebras in their music videos.
Thankfully Ms B lived to tell the tale.