The OG singer had no clue who Cardi was until his children showed him the remix.
Artists have been offering us amazing throwbacks with classic samples lately. From the Hispanic sphere, Dj Khaled gave us "Wild Thoughts" with Rihanna and Bryson Tyler, which was taken from a Carlos Santana feature, and most recently, Cardi B came through with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin. Their track, which is now certified platinum, was spun from a tune by Pete Rodriguez.
Although Rodriguez is not familiar with Cardi B's body of work, he commented on her version of his hit song. Peep the original version and its spinoffs after the jump.
The 86 year-old Puerto Rican artist was introduced to "I Like It" through his family.
“My kids and grandkids called me and texted me about it. We recorded [the original] in 1967, so it’s come a long way. I wasn’t aware of Cardi, but my kids and grandkids were. They were all excited; they’re fans."
Rodriguez gives his stamp of approval to his fellow Bronx native.
“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.' It’s certainly my song of the summer.”
The original tune is getting some extra love thanks to the smashing success of "I Like It." Streams have benefitted from a 2,520 percent boost from its sample's use.