New York State native Pardison Fontaine is not only a rapper but a songwriter and producer. The fact that he is considered a ghostwriter for many, including Cardi B, put him in the middle of a controversy.
Fans accused Cardi B of using Pardison as a ghostwriter, however, this accusation is simply not true. It is no secret that he collaborates with artists.
In fact, he is clearly listed in the credits of the songs that he co-writes. Read on for more on the rapper's background!
Who is Pardison Fontaine? Here's a little background.
Pardi's past of leaving a promising career in college basketball to pursue his rap proved beneficial. Around 2014, Pardison performed at the same strip club Cardi B danced at, trying to make a name for himself as a rapper.
After becoming more acquainted with each other, the two started to work with each other musically. The two ended up collaborating on the multi-platinum hit “ Bodak Yellow” in 2017.
That song reached No.1 on Billboard 100 and Pardison Fontain became a more recognizable name.
The Grammy award-winning songwriter is still unrelenting when it comes to pursuing his rap career. He released his latest EP, SEXT8PE in December of 2023. That said, the songs he's written for other artists are way more popular.
Here is a look into the popular songs that Pardi is in the writing credits on.
“Wild Side” — Normani
"Wild Side" by Normani and Cardi B was partially written by Pardi. The single was a hit on TikTok and ultimately peaked at No. 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
“WAP” — Cardi B
"WAP" was also written by Pardison Fontaine. Previous work with Cardi B proved to be successful as co-wrote many of her songs on her debut album, Invasion Of Privacy. When it comes to collaborating with Cardi B — whose songs reached heights of popularity that he has yet to reach — he considers it a compliment.
He explained to GQ: "[Cardi] is like a real friend. And also, that's a whole different venture. It's like Fortnight and 2K. You're not going to be mad at your success in one because you're not so good at the other.”
“All Mine” — Kanye West
Pardison got to work with one of his idols on Kanye West's album, Ye.
On "All Mine," he didn't want to be known as a ghostwriter, but as a rapper. However, his area of genius is lyrically bridging the gap for artists.
He explained his strategy to GQ Magazine: “If I'm going through it, I know somebody else is going through it. I have to figure out, what's your angle? What is your thing? What is your emotional point that you need to get out to the world? And then we take that and just express it as cleverly as possible.”
“Be Careful” —Cardi B
Following its release, "Be Careful" was at the center of controversy as fans accused Cardi B of stealing Pardi's lyrics. However, it was soon discovered that he was a co-writer and was credited for his contribution to the record.
He explained to The Breakfast Club: "She heard the song and was like, 'I need this,'" he described. "'I'm taking this.' She did her thing, flipped it around, all of that."
Empathy and talent are the combinations of this talented rapper and songwriter's success. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for him!
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