Cardi B’s engineer has written an open apology to Beyonce after leaking a collaboration between the two ladies. But he’s still playing the blame game.

“Public apology to Beyonce and all her fans unfortunately ‘Hot New Hip Hop’ [invaded] my privacy,” Ashby wrote on Instagram. “In everything that I post it’s been nothing but [encouragement] to my small IG following that’s trying to grind like me in this tough business.”

He went on to indicate he realizes his mistake.

“I cannot turn back the hands of time so at least this a life lesson I’ve learned on my behalf and all I can do is move forward.”

News of the collaboration went viral earlier this week after Ashby posted a snapshot of him mixing a song in the studio. Ashby, who was also the brains behind Bodak Yellow, wrote, “Wow this feature is big.”

There are reports that the mystery song will be on Cardi B’s debut album. It’s set to be released this month.

“I have an album coming. It will be dropping in October,” she said in an interview recently. “I’m a little nervous to put the project out, but I think it’s going to do pretty good.”

While the collaboration with Beyonce isn’t totally clear, singer Kehlani said she would love to jump on a track with Cardi or even do an entire album together.

“You can’t not root for somebody who is 100 percent themselves,” she said of Cardi recently. “Everybody fell in love with her. I feel like I’m rooting for the big sister that I never had. This is the girl that made it in front of us. Nobody can deny it anymore. Every hater, I’m sure, that has ever hated on Cardi B, knows all the words to ‘Bodak Yellow.’ That’s guaranteed. Nobody can shake that. I’m the biggest Cardi B fan…. Cardi B, if you’re listening, I’m here for it. I’m down. Let’s do it.”

Cardi B got her start on Love & Hip Hop New York but was already famous via Instagram before then. She released a successful mixtape and went on tour before she dropped her first major debut single, Bodak Yellow. The song helped her become the first woman to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s coveted Hot 100 chart since Lauryn Hill’s popular Doo Wop (That Thing) back in 1990s.

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