Cardi B was attacked by a cheetah on the set of the 'Bodak Yellow' music video
Since the release of Bodak Yellow in 2017, Cardi B has been launched to superstardom. As well as her music, she has become known for her outspoken way of dealing with the press, not holding back on her personal quirks at any point. There are, however, some negative things about having that deal of attention from the world.
In an interview with CR Fashion book, the rapper claimed that having more money and fame hasn't necessarily made her happier. While she is glad she doesn't have to worry about the future or her family's wellbeing, she isn't a fan of the level of attention she can receive:
"One negative thing is that, even though I'm happy, I feel like I was a little bit happier two or three years ago when I had less money. I had less people who had opinions about my life. I felt like my life was mine. Now I feel like I don’t even own my life. I feel like the world owns me.
It’s crazy because I never been the type of person to ever really care about anything. I never had to censor myself. Now I feel like everybody is so sensitive, and it’s sad.
Some people have written me off or tried to make me feel like I’m something I’m not or wanted to tell me how to manage my relationship."
But it appears that there is more to worry about than self-censorship, as Cardi discovered on the set of one of her music videos. As part of a behind-the-scenes video for Genius' 'Making Of' series, director Picture Perfect talked about the making of the video for Cardi B's Bodak Yellow, which has amassed over 400 million views on YouTube.
During the interview he spoke about the difficulty with the project as they needed to control wild animals on the shoot. They were in Dubai due to a previous commitment Cardi had, so they decided to integrate Dubai culture into the video and display some opulence with some animals on the ste. Apparently she wasn't too happy about filming with the camel, but it was the cheetah that made her really nervous, and for good reason.
He recalled a tense moment when a cheetah scared Cardi to death, and the raw footage was even caught on camera, included in the video below. At around the 1:50 mark you can see her holding the animal by the leash as she raps, before the animal snaps at her:
Immediately after this, the crew replaced that cheetah with a more docile one, and eventually convinced her to film with the new one.
There was apparently another scene where the director wanted to place a cheetah in the passenger seat next to her while driving, but he had a change of heart in the end. Who knows what could have gone wrong if he hadn't.