Title: I Like It
Artist(s): Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin

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SONGWRITER(S):
Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar · Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio · José Álvaro Osorio Balvin · Tony Pabon · Manny Rodriguez

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"I Like It" is a song recorded by American rapper Cardi B with Puerto Rican recording artist Bad Bunny and Colombian singer J Balvin for her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018). It was released on May 25, 2018 to radio stations through Atlantic Records as the fourth single from the album. "I Like It" was written by the three performers along with Jordan Thorpe and Klenord Raphael; the song was produced by J. White, Tainy, Craig Kallman and Invincible. The Latin trap song comprises a trap-salsa beat, and contains a sample from "I Like It Like That", written by Tony Pabón and Manny Rodriguez, with Benny Bonnilla on the timbales; therefore these artists are credited as co-writers.

Work on the song began in October 2017 and ended in early April 2018. Its music video was filmed in Little Havana, Miami. Commercially, the single topped the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cardi B's second number one, the most for a female rapper in the chart's history, and the first for both Bad Bunny and J Balvin. It also reached the top 10 in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

During the recording sessions of Invasion of Privacy, Cardi and her team were listening to beats and song ideas. The rapper was open to experiment with sounds, though she also discarded some that she felt were not right for her. Craig Kallman proposed Cardi to include a track that pays homage to her Latin heritage, to which she agreed. Kallman searched among his Latin music collection of records that he used to play when he was a DJ, and put together multiple sample ideas. Decided for Pete Rodriguez's "I Like It Like That" and "Oh That's Nice", he added J White to the production process. The sample of the former song "over a very rough instrumental" and with a Cardi verse on it was sent to musician Edgar Machuca. White and Machuca worked on the production, chopping up the sample and trying to "make the song sound better and cohesive and beef up the production." Cardi re-wrote the hook a number of times and cut vocals, eventually choosing the chorus she was most comfortable with. The three producers looped the "I Like It" part as they felt that was the catchiest part of the sample. Machucha proposed to add Bad Bunny and J Balvin to the track, with both artists contributing with their verses and ideas. Tainy and Invicible finished working on the production focusing on the instrumentals. Work on the record started in October 2017, and finished in early April 2018.

We must have gone through so many different version of the mix. We mixed this over and over and over again. We wanted to make sure the low end was right and the clarity was right and the mid range was right, and it had real dynamic range and great stereo separation with the vocals just sitting right in the pocket. After the truly thousandth listen, I'm like, “This really works. There's nothing more we can do to this to make it better."
— Kallman in an interview with Bilboard.

"I Like It" is a Latin trap number. It is a blend of trap and salsa, and samples 1960s boogaloo song "I Like It Like That". As noted by a Billboard editor, the song is "heavily indebted to the world of Latin hip hop." Bad Bunny raps in English and Spanish, while J Balvin performs in Spanish.

Writing for Rolling Stone, Brittany Spanos deemed it "the song of the summer" and commented "[it] sounds like it was chemically concocted in a mad scientist's lab to be 2018's reigning song of the summer. [...] Everything about this song is perfect for summer: the trap-meets-salsa beat, features from two of reggaeton's biggest stars, a sample of Pete Rodriguez's half-century-old boogaloo hit "I Like It Like That."" In The Atlantic, Hannah Giorgis also deemed it "song of the summer" considering "[the song] is irresistible because it channels the rapper at her best: when she feels at home." She also noted that the verses from both Bad Bunny and J. Balvin "match Cardi's energy" and "add complementary dynamism to the track." Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic considered it a "notable highlight" of the album. Billboard staff considered it the best song of the first half of 2018, and the year's best Latin song of the summer.

Prior to its release as a single, the song debuted at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cardi B's fifth top-ten entry on the chart and the highest debut of the songs from the album, which all debuted on the Hot 100 during the album's first week of release. Bad Bunny and J Balvin earned their first and second top 10s, respectively. Following the release of the single's accompanying music video, the song rose to a new peak of number seven on the chart, For the chart issue dated June 16, with "I Like It" and "Girls Like You," her collaboration with Maroon 5 charting at number four, Cardi B scored two concurrent Hot 100 top-five singles for the second time in 2018. It ascended to number two the next week, blocked from the top by XXXTentacion's "Sad!". It reached number one in its twelfth week, earning Cardi her second chart-topper, thus making her the first female rapper in history to do so. Bad Bunny and J Balvin scored their first number one. She also became the first female soloist to reach number one with two songs from a debut album since Lady Gaga, who did it in 2009. "I Like It" reached number one on Digital Songs in its 20th chart week, claiming the sixth-longest wait to the summit since the chart began in 2004. It also became Cardi B's second number one song on the Radio Songs chart. Internationally, the single also charted within the top 10 in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the single topping the Hot 100, editor Leila Cobo for Billboard explained its notablity, "it's part of an accelerated spike of Spanish and Spanish-infused songs on the chart [...] This surge can be attributed at least in part to streaming, which has broadened the scope for Latin music that is still shunned from major mainstream outlets. But it also reflects the times, the moment and the new openness of the world, despite the entrenchment at the border."

"I Like It" also became the first number one single (and the first Latin Trap song in this genre to do so) on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart for Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin, reaching that summit in its September 1, 2018 issue, benefitting from the support from both the 80 reporting stations (dual Top 40/CHR and Rhythmic outlets who submit their mix show hours or incorporate it in their playlist) and the core full time Dance/EDM stations, the latter utilizing the remixed Dance versions of the song.

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Eif Rivera and filmed in March 2018 in Little Havana, Miami. A preview of the clip was featured on YouTube Music's announcement video on May 23. Released on May 29, 2018, the music video opens with Cardi B in a neighborhood, followed by scenes of Bad Bunny in the streets and J Balvin in a club. It also features scenes of the trio performing together.

Director Eif Rivera stated in an interview that he was inspired by the movie I Like It Like That (1994), which opening scene centered in a neighborhood of the South Bronx.

"I Like It" topped YouTube's 2018 Songs of the Summer list in the United States, and ranked fifth globally. As of October 2018, it has received over 650 million views.

Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin gave the first live performance of "I Like It" at the 2018 Coachella Music Festival during its second weekend, on April 22. The trio delivered the first televised performance of the song at the 2018 American Music Awards. Featuring colorful outfits and visuals, they were accompanied by a live band composed by trumpet and bongo players. Cardi started the performance by lying atop a rotating circular stage; she then ripped off the voluminous tulle and performed a salsa dance. Bad Bunny was wheeled in for his verse in a grocery cart, while J Balvin joined hanging by the DJ booth. The Billboard article reviewing the ceremony named it the best performance of the night.

"I Like It"
(feat. J Balvin, Bad Bunny)

Yeah baby, I like it like that
You gotta believe me when I tell you
I said I like it like that
You gotta believe me when I tell you
I said I like it like

[Cardi B:]
Now I like dollars, I like diamonds, I like stunting, I like shining
I like million dollar deals, where's my pen? Bitch I'm signin'
I like those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks
I like going to the jeweler, I put rocks all in my watch
I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance
I like proving niggas wrong, I do what they say I can't
They call me Cardi Bardi, banging body
Spicy mami, hot tamale
Hotter than a Somali, fur coat, Ferrari
Hop out the stu', jump in the coupe (the coupe)
They trippin' on top of the roof
Flexing on bitches as hard as I can
Eating halal, driving the Lam'
Told that bitch I'm sorry though
'Bout my coins like Mario (Mario)
Yeah they call me Cardi B, I run this shit like cardio
Oh, damn

Diamond district in the jag (I said I like it like that)
Certified, you know I'm gang, gang, gang, gang (I said I like it like)
Drop the top and blow the brains (I said I like it like that)
Oh he's so handsome, what's his name? (I said I like it)
Oh I need the dollars (I said I like it like that)
Beat it up like piñatas (I said I like it like–)
Tell the driver, close the curtains (I said I like it like that)
Bad bitch make him nervous (I said I like it)
Cardi B

[Bad Bunny:]
Chambean, chambean, pero no jalan (¡Jalan!)
Tú compras to'a las Jordan, bobo, a mí me las regalan (jejeje)
I spend in the club (wuh), what you have in the bank (yeh)
This is the new religion, bang, en Latino gang, gang, yeh
Trato de hacer dieta (yeh), pero es que en el closet tengo mucha grasa (wuh)
Ya mude la Gucci pa' dentro de casa, yeh (¡Wuh!)
Cabrón, a ti no te conocen ni en Plaza (no)
El Diablo me llama pero Jesucristo me abraza (amén)
Guerrero como Eddie, que viva la raza, yeh
Me gustan boricuas, me gustan cubanas
Me gusta el acento de las colombianas (¿Qué hubo pues?)
Como mueve el culo la dominicana (¿Qué lo que?)
Lo rico que me chingan las venezolanas (¡Wuh!)
Andamos activos, Perico Pin Pin (woo)
Billetes de cien en el maletín (ching)
Que retumbe el bajo, Bobby Valentin, yeh (boo)
Aquí es prohibido amar, diles Charytín
Que pa'l picor les tengo Claritin
Yo llego a la disco y se forma el motín (rrr)

[Cardi B:]
Diamond district in the jag (I said I like it like that)
[Bad Bunny:]
Bad Bunny, baby, be, be, be, be
[Cardi B:]
Certified, you know I'm gang, gang, gang, gang (I said I like it like)
Drop the top and blow the brains (I said I like it like that)
Oh he's so handsome, what's his name? (I said I like it)
Oh I need the dollars (I said I like it like that)
Beat it up like piñatas (I said I like it like–)
Tell the driver, close the curtains (I said I like it like that)
Bad bitch make you nervous (I said I like it)

[J Balvin:]
Como Celia Cruz tengo el azúcar (azúca')
Tu jeva me vio y se fue de pecho como Jimmy Snuka (ah)
Te vamos a tumbar la peluca
Y arranca pa'l carajo cabrón, que a ti no te vo'a pasar la hookah (hookah, hookah)
Mis tenis Balenciaga, me reciben en la entrada (woo)
Pa-pa-pa-parazzi, like I'm Lady Gaga (woo)
Y no te me hagas (ey)
Que en cover de Billboard tú has visto mi cara (ey)
No salgo de tu mente
Donde quieras que viajes has escuchado "Mi Gente"
Yo no soy high (high), soy como el Testarossa ('rossa)
Yo soy el que se la vive y también el que la goza (goza, goza)
Es la cosa, mami es la cosa (cosa, cosa)
El que mira sufre y el que toca goza (goza, goza)

[J Balvin (Cardi B):]
I said I like it like that
(I said I like it like that)
I said I like it like that
(I said I like it like that)

[Cardi B:]
Diamond district in the jag (I said I like it like that)
Certified, you know I'm gang (I said I like it like)
Drop the top and blow the brains (I said I like it like that)
Oh he's so handsome, what's his name? (I said I like it)

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