Cardi B is arguably the biggest female hip-hop artist in the world right now. She holds two Guinness World Records, was nominated for seven Grammys, and became the first female artist to have all tracks on an album certified gold or higher after every track on the album debuted in the Hot 100. All of this and she's still only released one album so far!
But beyond her musical accomplishments, Cardi B is renowned for her vocal presence on social media and her outspoken manner. Now, it looks like she may have revealed a little too much on Instagram, but as usual, she has something to say about it. Her story is a turbulent one.
Cardi B isn’t her real name.Somewhat unsurprisingly, Cardi B isn't her real name. Her real name is Belcalis Almanzar. In fact, her stage name stems from her younger sister, Hennessy. As a result of her sister sharing a name with rum, she started to be known as Bacardi, then Bacardi B. She claims that her social media accounts were consistently being deactivated, and she believes that the Bacardi brand was behind it. To avoid this, she changed her name to Cardi B instead, and the rest is history.
She has been on the hip-hop scene for a while.From 2015, Cardi B was on the VH1 reality TV show called Love & Hip Hop: New York. She even performed on Shaggy's single Boom Boom. After two seasons she decided to leave the show to concentrate on her music career, and what a decision that was.
Bodak Yellow was a record-breaking single.In September 2017, Bodak Yellow reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100. She was only the second female rapper to ever achieve this after Lauryn Hill did the same in 1998. It was certified seven times platinum and won single of the year at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards. From there, she has gone from hit to hit, breaking all sorts of records.
She made history at the Grammys.Cardi B's debut album, Invasion of Privacy, had all thirteen tracks reach the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. This made her the proud owner of the world record for the highest number of simultaneous Hot 100 entries by a female. She then became the first solo female rapper to ever win the best rap album at the Grammys.
Cardi B escaped poverty by working as a stripper.$20,000. That's when her music career started to take off and she no longer needed to keep stripping.
Social media is Cardi B's constant companion.
The media doesn't like women to be friends.For years, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj maintained that they didn't have any issue with each other, and, in fact, they seemed to be supportive of each other. But the media kept digging and kept hyping non-existent problems. In the end, they turned into rivals, and even had a physical fight at a party during New York Fashion Week. Cardi B ended up throwing a heeled-shoe at Nicki Minaj in rage. Not cool.
Bardigang versus Barbies.The two women each have a very strong fan-base, with Cardi B's fans being known as the 'Bardigang,' while Minaj's fans are known as 'Barbies.' It is said that the two sets of fans try to sabotage the opposing rapper's attempts at receiving a number one hit by obsessive streaming of anyone who could challenge them. It seems very bizarre to have such a strong affiliation to a stranger, but then most sports fans do something similar...
Cardi B lives a very public life.Cardi B has had an on/off relationship with Offset, from Migos, for years. When it came to their engagement... it was on stage in front of thousands! Cardi B was performing with Migos when Offset got on one knee and proposed. After a lot of screaming, she agreed to (somewhat) make an honest man of him.
They are another, typical, celebrity couple.As with so many celebrity couples, it can be hard to keep up with whether Cardi B and Offset are together or not. They got married in secret in September 2017, but then seemed to break up at the end of 2018. After appearing at the Grammys together though, it seems like they might be together again. Who knows?
Cardi B revealed that she was pregnant on stage.In April 2018, after months of speculation, Cardi B revealed that she was pregnant while performing live on SNL. As the camera panned out, it revealed her baby bump as she wore an angelic, white dress. The pregnancy was revealed, somewhat ironically, the day before the release of her album, Invasion of Privacy.
She stood up for pregnant women.Women are often side-lined when they become pregnant or give birth. For some reason the world tends to spout that the woman wants to give up work because she has a child, yet people don't say the same for the man, who is equally complicit. Cardi B's performance and work while pregnant is an important act in the effort to remove the stigma from pregnant women working. Now that she is getting more famous though, it looks like she might be making a less positive impact on the world.
Cardi B has been taking the charts by storm.Cardi B has collaborated with a lot of artists, including her husband, Offset, and noughties stars, Maroon 5. But her collaboration with Latino music has provided her with an additional platform, as she has collaborated with Ozuna, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, amongst others. Her song, Taki Taki, with DJ Snake, Selena Gomez and Ozuna has over 1.2 billion views on YouTube.
Cardi B and Bruno Mars are a recipe for success.Cardi B has achieved a fantastic cross-over with her fan base. Although she is a rapper and hip-hop star, she has also garnered a lot of fans from the more mainstream, pop music world. It doesn't hurt that she has been in a number of songs with fellow record-breaker Bruno Mars, who has sold over 130 million records worldwide.
Some hilarious facts were revealed on Carpool Karaoke.James Corden's Carpool Karaoke is always fun to watch, but the episode with Cardi B threw out some intriguing facts. In particular, Cardi B owns five super-cars, including two Lambourghinis, but she can't actually drive. When asked why she has them, she said that it was so that she could take photos with them. She also said that she didn't want to be an imposter, so if she owns them then she can sing about them. What’s the quote about more money than sense?
Have you seen Cardi B attempting to drive?The whole of Cardi B's Carpool Karaoke session was hilarious. Whether it was watching James Corden rap, Cardi B yelling her lyrics out of the window, or watching them perform with some senior citizens, the whole thing was a blast. But the best moment was watching Cardi B, owner of five super-cars, attempting to drive. Did you see how many cones she knocked over?
Cardi B is going to star in a new Netflix show.Netflix have announced that they are going to release a music competition show that will be focussed on hip hop, called Rhythm + Flow. Cardi B is set to be one of the three judges on it, alongside Chance the Rapper and T.I.
Plus she's going to join J Lo on the big screen in Hustler.
But now it looks like life might be copying fiction.Cardi B has always been very open with the world; it's one of the things that makes people love her. But over the weekend, a video, originally posted three years ago, came to light that is making people question Cardi B as a person. It begins with her discussing (with a lot of bad language) how hard her life has been and how hard she's had to work. She was making a point about how nothing was handed to her and she had to do everything herself.
Can you believe she said this?After setting the scene, that's when she said it. She actually said: 'I had to go strip. I had to go "oh yeah, you wanna f**k me? Yeah yeah yeah, let's go to this hotel. And I drugged n*****s up and I robbed them."
Doing whatever it takes can only go so far.
Cardi b thought her plead to “survival” would earn her street cred or sympathy, but it backfired. Stop using “Hip H… https://t.co/MGOqYW52rH— BLM ✊🏾 ᴺᴹ (@BLM ✊🏾 ᴺᴹ)1553650985.0
Cardi B is a public figure and role model.
I’m done with my @iamcardib commentary. I’ve been saying this since she came out she represents the worst in popula… https://t.co/l1F8TYM3RB— Born on Sunday (@Born on Sunday)1553609573.0
Should 'street life' be an excuse for poor behavior?Following the #MeToo movement, the world has realized that far too many people commit crimes when they are in positions of power. As a result, claims such as this one are starting to be taken more seriously. However, it does throw up some issues when looking at people who had a difficult past, later become famous.
A new hashtag '#SurvivingCardiB' is drawing parallels with R. Kelly.A documentary was released in January called Surviving R. Kelly. It followed the accusations made against R. Kelly, including that he began a sex cult. The hashtag is trying to suggest that if R. Kelly is being muted, and if we are trying to not support famous people who have committed serious crimes, then we should also not support Cardi B.
Cardi B should not be compared to R. Kelly. Here's why.R. Kelly is currently 52 years old. Last month, he was indicted with ten charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, nine of which included minors. That means that there were nine cases against him being with young girls who were at least thirty years younger than him. This follows being indicted (and later acquitted) for thirteen counts of child pornography back in 2002. He also videoed having sex with and urinating on an underage girl.
What Cardi B did was wrong, but it is not the same.
Cardi B: raps about robbing people America: hell yeah *Cardi B was actually robbing people* America: https://t.co/FxemceycQL— DerpyKirby (@DerpyKirby)1553665795.0
Now Cardi B has spoken out.
The past has come back to haunt her.
Cardi B, nobody said you had to be perfect, just don’t be a fucking idiot. Literally nobody would’ve known that you… https://t.co/yImm4KYI2O— 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐧.𝐀🔥 (@𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐧.𝐀🔥)1553682100.0