DJ Funk Flex and Cardi B

Popular Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex has accused one-hit rapper Cardi B of payola -- aka paying DJs to play her music on radio stations. The accusation is a serious one. Popular deejays have had their careers ruined over a payola scandal.

Flex took to social media on Wednesday to accuse rapper Cardi B and her management of paying to play her summer anthem "Bodak Yellow" and other songs.

"I think Cardi is a great entertainer and has great songs! I gave my opinion when she said she was “King of NY” and when I found out she didn’t write her own songs! I met Cardi and her management and I respected his and Cardi’s hustle! BUT LETS BE CLEAR.. CARDI’S TEAM AND MANY OTHER ARTIST (in the beginning of career) PAY DJS TO PLAY RECORDS AND SAY THAT “THEY ARE HOT” (Since I never took a penny from a rapper I’m not scared to speak on it) I have emails I’ve gotten from labels over the years with names and figures!”

Payola was a huge scandal in the music industry in the 1970s. The late radio pioneer Frankie Crocker was run out of town after he was indicted for accepting payments to play songs on NYC station WBLS-FM.

As of Wednesday, Cardi had not responded to the allegations. But she wrote on social media: "Don't kill them with kindness kill the [sic] with blindness!"

  • tia

    I mean, she wouldn't be the only one would she??

  • Django the God
  • Django the God

    Business is business.

  • tia

    Of course, you are absolutely correct.

  • Tiff J

    Only cause an artist offers doesn't mean a DJ has to take the money,. Caused I'm sure the DJ gets in WAYYYYY more trouble that the artist does behind payola.

  • Mec-One

    Big fax

  • Coy little wink

    Don't all the record companies do this? That's why we hear the same shyt over and over...

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Expose the BULZHYT AND BULLZHYTERS! KUDOS TO FLEX!

  • SpillyNillie

    Cardi ain't the first and damn sho ain't the last! NEEEXXXXTTTT

  • FukkFolks2018

    A queen just died. Later for Cardi

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsMGHzOQrps

  • Quitedeliteful

    If she did so what?? If she has connections to push her music she better use them. Do what you gotta do! Fake it until you make it!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!

  • Django the God

    Y'all said my beard was gon' be fluffy!

    Bigen, you lied!"

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I thought record companies paid djs and radio stations to play songs all the time

  • Hunni24

    I was thinking about you the moment I heard. Hope you are working from home today. Condolences!

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 4FlavorsOfMe CreoleMami

    I like Cardi.... but I aint mad for Funk Flex exposing the behind the scenes shenanigans either... I saw a video floating around last night of Cardi she was emotional saying things cant be bought so she must of was speaking about this... its a lot of undercover stuff that goes on in the business I dont think Cardi was ready for all of the bs that comes with fame..

  • The Shy Cookie

    Cardi told on herself in a video and admitted to doing this. But, so does Nicki. And many other artists.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    shocking. *yawn*

    uh, it's a well know fact that in radio, pay to play is the way. she's not the first nor the last. he's got to have something more than these dried tea leaves.... why he bitter?

    #RealNiccasDon'tHate

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    wait.... who lied? who is he talking about? (i'm so lost, smh)

  • FukkFolks2018

    Thanks. I have an 11:30-12:30 call then I am outta here. I already told my boss on Monday. If Aretha leaves earth during work hours, Imma be unable.

  • Django the God
  • WhoYouTalkingAbout

    I thought this was the 'norm'..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    thanks Sway.... *goes off to do the education*

  • WutizstillHERE!

    It the industry not so secret secret... listen most things are rigged in the music industry.. What gets played, who is next to be hot, who gets the awards, and even the so called charts that they top.. all rigged. We are made to believe that this person is hot because they are on heavy rotation but only because they basically buy the air play.. and as we know if you hear something enough it gets stuck in your head and then boom you find yourself singing a song you hate LOL

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Haley C

    Actually she did respond to this! She went on live and said she did not buy her success, I swear you be slacking Sandra smh.

  • Django the God

    Nancy, you lie.

  • Reina1718

    Ofcourse, they run her song on the radio all day! No way ppl requesting the song that much, if so they shoulda got the album if its thats serious

  • mona q

    Okay. and..if she did so what...did she pay people to buy her music too? Said people obviously liked it...regardless.

    Anyway, in white people news...
    https://nypost.com/2018/08/16/couple-rescues-infant-girl-after-parents-suffer-apparent-overdose/

  • RespectSelf

    smh... it should be assumed that that all these folks do that lol. Seriously! Once they "make it" then I think there is no pay out... it's just "Your going to play their music".

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    WHET???!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Renee26

    Sooo somebody is actually ghost writing those basic azz lyrics??? Tragic

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    #DOWN VOTE

    #FLAGGED

  • MJF

    Yeah I saw the live video when she was crying..smh, its sad that when you reach a certain level of success, somehow people find a way to discredit it.

  • datjerk

    I believe it. I dont see how her album was ever #1. Every song I've heard except Bodac Yellow has been super dumb sounding. The lyrics are sooo elementary. I'll let these young kids have that bs because I cant deal.

    SN: Flex always looks like he has Newport breath.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    I fell asleep with Lawrence on last night and when he ended his show she said the "last word" tonight goes to Aretha Franklin... why i came outta my sleep with a lump in my throat and my heart racing. i was like, don't do this....

  • my view

    What time is she going away

  • Queen B

    I thought all artists did this ?

  • FukkFolks2018

    I thought she was gonna bounce back ONE LAST TIME. Just plain tired. RIP to her man. KNOWING it was coming didnt make this any easier.

  • sunni_daze

    He's a flip flopper with no credit. First he dick ride her, then him and Nicki make up and he talk shit about Cardi. Yall gotta see heaux for what a heaux worth

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 4FlavorsOfMe CreoleMami

    Facts... it is many songs I never liked and I find myself telling my son " I dont even want to like this mess but I hear it soo much" sigh

  • Trace da Ace

    Flex always got his mouth up in shit....he needs a tall glass of shut the fuck up.....so what if she did or did not....folks try their best to trash Cardi all over what?? Cause she was a stripper, then reality show chick...now she a rapper?? Why knock her?? Damn....all she is trying to do is the same shit we ALL are trying to do in this fucked up world....MAKE MONEY AND LIVE. And....apparently alot of folks love the song cause it was #1.....let her live and raise her kid and do her....damn......woman can't do shit without A DUMB ASS MAN always trying to knock them.....I get so tired of Flex having diarrhea of the mouth all the damn time....

  • KcoolMuziq

    Cardi has a nice personality. Unlike another current female rap star.

  • JENNYJONES1

    NO FLEX SAYS HE DIDN'T SEE HER NAME ON THE CREDITS BUT SHE GOES BY THE NAME 'WHAZ POPPIN' WHICH IS HER PUBLISHING NAME SOMETHING A LOT OF WRITERS DO AND HE KNOWS THAT BUT HE'S MAD B/C EVIDENTLY SHE DIDN'T STOKE HIS EGO, DO HIS SHOW ENOUGH, GIVE HIM A ENOUGH SHOUT OUTS OR GIFT HIM WHATEVER. KINDA REMINDS ME OF A CERTAIN BLOGGERS ATTITUDE ABOUT HER ALWAYS CALLING HER A 1 HIT WONDER. LOL!!!!.........JENNY JONES!!!!

  • Marlika

    Ashton is pure bitch! I never did like him! He stay being a messy queen. And zi don’t believe he’s never taken a penny to spin and records. We all know how bad boy records got down back in the day. Puff damn near own hot 97! Member when he got Wendy fired for saying he was gay. ? That’s when her ass ran to Philly.

  • JENNYJONES1

    SAY WHAT U WANT ABOUT CARDI BUT THEY CAN'T SAY SHE'S OUT HER THREATENING PROMOTERS AND RADIO PEOPLE TO DROP OR NOT HIRE OTHER FEMALE RAP ARTIST ON THEIR EVENTS AND AWARDS SHOWS LIKE NICKI DID/DOES!!!! CARDI NEVER TRIES TO STOP SOMEONE ELSE'S MONEY NOR DOES SHE HAVE A NASTY STANK ATTITUDE..........JENNY JONES!!!!

  • Marlika

    Where was this uproar during the crack epidemic? They have all these clinics for these YT poppin* up everywhere. They now have free classes to help one of them when you see them passed out from an over dose. ? I wish the phawk I would.

  • mona q

    FACTS

  • JENNYJONES1

    I GUESS FLEX'S WORD IS BOND JUST LIKE IT WAS WHEN HE WAS ALLLLLL ON THE RADIO SAYING MR. CEE'S WASN'T GETTING HIS DYCK SUCKED BY A TRANNY PRO IN A ALLEY, MULTIPLE TIMES!!!! EVEN ARRESTED FOR IT, EVEN ON VIDEO. LOL!!!! YES FLEX KNOWS IT ALL.......JENNY JONES!!!!

  • supastar

    dang Flex, this what we doing now?? wait... don't most all artist do this?? So, why you only putting Cardi on blast??? Oh, b/c you and Nicki made up... B*T*H move!

  • Dowoop

    Someone sounds mad because they didn't get paid.

  • Dowoop

    Doesn't matter how much times a song get played. If I don't like it, I switch the station when it comes on EACH AND EVRY TIME!!!

  • Dowoop

    I will walk right on over their ass.

  • Ihatemoney

    I wish I was strong ? like you... I remember when they played “Crazy in Love” back to back in Miami.

    I swore up and down it was a form of brainwashing,

  • kennedy220

    I don't get why people bullshit over that. as a singer I don't always know how to write out what I want to say and when I do I feel like I overwrite on the instrumental. so what's wrong with someone who loves to write but can't sing to team up with you. I think Whitney wrote on her last album but who cares? lol I don't think Ella Fitzgerald's wrote either but she had an amazing voice and that's all I cared about personally. there are plenty of rappers that can't write and writes that can't rap everyone wants to be employed so lets get together right?

  • kennedy220

    same here. and people wonder why I don't know any Britney Spears songs. I'm like I switch the station or have my own music playing

  • kennedy220

    well to be fair pop rap is pretty elementary. but easy to see why the album was #1...she had the marketing. I mean I feel the same way about Britney Spears ...just how with that voice did her songs chart.? but catchy enough...elementary lyrics and song topics..young audience ...relatable to some...etc

  • sunni_daze

    I said he's a flip flopper, he didn't like Nicki and now he do , so now he hating on Cardi. That nigga fake and who cares if he knew Mr Cee was fucking tranny's, he probably is too and it just aint came out.

  • Ateya

    This is getting out of hand!!! Flex...grow up dude

  • missmiami305
  • Latisaj

    Greasing Palms, this ain't nothing new.

  • Cowan Cowan

    He is always dry snitching. I'm not surprised that no record label or artist has ever offered him a penny to play their music. They know he's a snitch and they dont want him to snitch on them.

  • Latisaj

    They was doing this on Cadillac Records!

  • Latisaj

    Yall gotta see heaux for what a heaux worth. That's sums it all up!

  • cusp_23

    It’s different when you’re a rapper. Literally, your only talent is spitting rhymes off the dome. It’s not the same as being as singer. When you’re a singer, your talent is in your vocal ability or your ability to perform (dancer etc). That’s how rappers get street cred, their ability to rhyme off the dome. So, yes, it’s a big deal when rappers like Cardi B lie on they albums or pay DJ’s to hype/play their music. This is also probably why folks don’t listen to the radio and just stick to their streaming music service and find music they like without being beaten to death with mediocrity, simply cause a record company threw a couple thousand at them.

  • cusp_23

    I used to think the same thing but Cardi got in lol. Swear I was hearing too much damn noise about her “talent” and her reality show shtick ... that I added her bullshit to my music library. I mean, her album is solid, mostly cause of the production. It’s just hard to get pass to her accent. I’m still not a fan lol although I do love that one Spanish song that she sampled

  • cusp_23

    Ikr sheeeeit I need to ghost write some shit lol ?

  • cusp_23

    It’s illegal

  • Mister Fantastic

    Kinda odd (yeah right), that he would say this AFTER Nikki left from up there. She was accused of doing the SAME THING...

    All artists do it, don't cherry pick Fuckboi Master Flex!

  • Dun Dilly

    That's the MUSIC GAME, tho! He just mad cuz he didn't get any cash his way.

  • Solstice

    ???!

  • Solstice

    ???!

  • Li-Wright

    Payola has never stopped. If it's not direct $$$, it's cars, or tickets to shows. There are ways to do it.

  • Li-Wright

    Payola has never stopped. If it's not direct $$$, it's cars, or tickets to shows. There are ways to do it.

  • Renee26

    Ok that makes sense... Her lyrics sound like her ( hood, funny, smart mouth) so I was bamboozled by that comment

  • Renee26

    Ok that makes sense... Her lyrics sound like her ( hood, funny, smart mouth) so I was bamboozled by that comment

  • TawnyDelux

    But doesn’t he....nvm

  • TawnyDelux

    But doesn’t he....nvm

  • interestingconcept1

    why do folks accuse people of doing something in the music business that everyone does? The music industry is tough as he77, better pay them something.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    HE SAID NONe OF THAT! COme on flex is mad annoying but he wasnt saying that nicki said blogs are paid to shit on her and he said oh i didnt realize you knew that truth be told some people pay for spins. Come on now stop associating both if these heaux in every post.

    Edit
    Nmind i saw his comment. His ass ?

  • kennedy220

    It's fairer to say that's What you want in a rapper. . Same thing to me though. . There are great writers that just can't rap, flow, adapt to phrasing.. Etc. But they want to rap. And then there are the people that can pick it up, read it, rap it etc but can't write. It's the same in the comedy world.... Some people don't have the complete package and that's ok with me.... And it seems like you're talking about freestyle which is a completely different type of rapper. Cardi does write but under a different name. I'm not saying she writes every song or lyric but it counts.

  • Dowoop

    I'll admit I watched when she was on Love and hip hop. She was entertaining. I never thought she'd actually make it in the industry mostly because everybody on that show always in the studio but never make no music but lo and behold she dropped some songs and I actually liked them. Now everyone is talking about Bodak Yellow was shoved down our throats and it was but that's not even the song that made me say id give her music some play. Now some people will not even get the chance to change my mind. I.e that tekashi character. I keep hearing his new song is good but I will never know. If I glance at my dashboard and I see his name... Change.

  • Pnthr

    He's just being a mouthpiece for pedo-loving Icki Minaj. Payola has always been an issue but Icki's fans want to accuse Cardi of it because they can't stomach another female rapper winning so now Icki wants to talk about it. She did Flex's show and now HE wants to talk about it. How coincidental. That chick is such a hater.

  • Pnthr

    Exactly. Her fans always accuse Cardi of this so now Icki is talking about it on his show and now he is too. Cardi didn't just pop up out of nowhere. This may be a strange concept to a woman hating male identified bird like Nicki Minaj, but people actually like Cardi's music.

  • Pnthr

    Isn't Icki Minaj part of Tidal who are known for faking numbers and streams. Pot meet kettle.

  • Joy King

    Speak that truth, especially about Whitney. I know so many songwriters who wrote songs for famous artists and they wanted them to sign away their publishing rights for chump change because that’s where the real long money is at. They have to eat too. The ones who wouldn’t sign over their publishing, were quickly dismissed. The music business is so cutthroat. And yes, Whitney is still the greatest of all time.

  • Pnthr

    Her album was actually very good and universally praised by critics. Cardi was popular on instagram, then a reality show then released an album. It's like accusing Keyshia Cole in 2006 of payola or K. Michelle or Tamar Braxton. These people have a following. Nicki came in the game late at 28 years old riding off the coattails of Wayne and Birdman and shot straight up the charts. If anyone cooked the books it was her and her record label.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I really, really, really dislike men who gossip like or more than women. Always spreading rumors, jumping on bandwagons and trying to pit people against one another for clout. NOBODY cannot tell me Flex don't have a vägina.

  • datjerk

    None of that makes a difference to me. I don't care for her music, and that's ok. You seem to be a super fan, and that's ok too. Bye.

  • Pnthr

    ? Oh you so sensitive! Why comment then? ? You seem like a super hater and that's ok too!

  • WolfGirlAlcide

    Lolz

  • supastar

    that was a long time and Flex acting like this is something new FOH Flex!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I don't trust anything flex has to say or anything he is involved with after watching his interview with Nicki. He giggled and kissed her ass throughout the whole interview.

  • datjerk

    I commented be cause that's what the comment section is for. A super hater because I dont like her music? Ok hun. You win.

  • Reenaface

    Excuse my frankness but is this the week of the runs? It seems as if everyone has been having diaheria of the mouth with all of these Revelations.

  • Reenaface

    Those are beta males for ya.... Always up to no good.

  • Pnthr

    ????? Please bore me less.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    It is so irritating. Gossiping about women like little school girls but want to be respecting and treated like men.

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    not a cardi fan but flex is a hater!!

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    I'm not a fan of all Cardi's music (I like a couple of songs) but I do respect her hustle. She has made huge strides that many have not been able to.

    As for Funk, he was hot in the 90s and 2000s and his popularity is waning (as it does for all in Hip hop as the newer generations come) and instead of doing something to boost himself, he chooses to be the gossip monger and expose everything that helped him become famous to remain relevant.

    While I respect Cardi and have a little love for her, I have nothing for Funk Flex. I can't respect another man that handles his business this way.

    Wasn't it him that was denying blow jobs by men in the car or something?