Cardi B’s tough persona was shattered when a cheetah came at her during her hit “Bodak Yellow” music video.
The popular rapper featured a real cheetah in the video, but the animal chosen snapped and attacked Cardi, according to director Picture Perfect, who shared video of the animal acting up in a scene with the star.
“We shot this scene we didn’t use, and he attacked Cardi in that scene,” Picture Perfect says in a video interview.
In a video clip, Cardi B, 25, is rapping her verse when the cheetah snaps and hisses at her — she jumps away frightened, shouting: “No, no, no come hold him!” and tries to hand the leash off to someone else.
The final version of the “Bodak Yellow” music video shows Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, with a much friendlier cat, as they recast the role.
“We got her spirits back up … and this cheetah right here is not the other cheetah from the other scene,” Picture Perfect admitted. “This cheetah right here he’s eaten about six pounds of deer meat at this time, and he’s just calm.”
The Bronx native’s breakout hit came out in 2017 and she’s been in the public eye ever since. “Bodak Yellow” made her the first solo female rapper to make No. 1 on the Top 100 in nearly two decades.
The rapper performed at the Grammys with Bruno Mars and was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.