Cardi B’s “I Like It”, but Pete Rodriguez – singer of 1967’s “I Like it Like That” – didn’t even know the chorus of his hit track had been sampled by the Bronx rapper until his family told him.
Cardi B’s “I Like It” might be storming the charts and vying for 2018 Song of Summer rights (dated July 7), making Cardi the first female rapper with two No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, following her debut hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),”.
While “I Like It,” released on May 25, is at the top of everyone’s summer playlist, but Pete Rodriguez the original singer of 1967’s “I Like it Like That” didn’t even know didn’t know nothing about the sampled by the Bronx rapper until his family told him. “My kids and grandkids called me and texted me about it,” Rodriguez told. “We recorded [the original] in 1967, so it’s come a long way.” he continued. “I wasn’t aware of Cardi, but my kids and grandkids were. They were all excited; they’re fans,” the 86-year-old musician 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.’” He added: “This is crazy. I never thought it was going to last for 50 years.”