The Birth and Childhood of Cardi B
Once Upon a time a young princess to one day be the queen of quatables from the bronx named Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar was born on October 11, 1992. To a Dominican father and a Trinidadian mother. Even though she was raised in Highbridge inside the South Bronx she spent a ton of time at her grandmother’s place in Washington Heights.She also had one younger sister named Hennessy Caroline after the famous liquor brand, and because of her Belcalis would often also be called nickname Bacardi which is also a famous liquor brand which then got shortened to Cardi which finally transformed into Cardi B. The B is said to stand for depending on the day and her mood such as Beautiful or Bully.
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How did she become Cardi B?
In several interviews Cardi B spoke about her parents splitting up during when she was early teen years and did not have the greatest relationship with her stepfather. This made her come to the conclusion that life is just an extend of exercise and disappointment as she says. Early on Cardi B attended Renaissance High School for musical theater. She was said to be a great student in school and enjoyed preforming at talent shows and was often casted in musicals at her school until one day she was kicked out because of her poor grades. She says the reason for this is that she always decided to choose her friends over school. She also found herself being a part of a gang called the Bloods also known as United Blood Nation or East Coast Bloods early on in life starting at 16 years old. The gangs main source of business and income was trafficking and selling drugs. Her mother kicked her out of the house after high school which led to her later attending Manhattan Community College where she studied French and History. To make a living and to make money she worked as a Cashier at an Amish market Delhi. She has had a hard time in balancing a full-time job and school she later got fired from her around $200 a week job. The reason for this is said is she was often late she was consonantly giving her co-workers l large discounts when she was not supposed to. It was then she decided to try a different journey in life and start over.
She then decided to start a new venture and took a long voyage all the way across the street to a Strip Club called New York Dolls where she began to work. To her surprise she made $300 in her first 8-hour shift which was more then she use to make in a week at her old job. While stripping, Cardi B lied ot her mother by telling her she was making money babysitting. However now things were getting better financially she still lived with her domestic abusive boyfriend that still lived with his mom and in an interview with VladTv in 2016 she said that she got out of that relationship by turning to stripping and getting her own money to be able to leave the toxic relationship so stripping helped in a big way. Stripping also started to provide her the opportunity to return back to school to study political sciences and history again. However, it did not last long and dropped about again because she says she became too distracted by boys and working almost 7 days a week. Working crazy graveyard shifts from 8pm to 4am for even long as two months straight when she was as young as 19 years old. These shifts at New York dolls in Tribeca served her well and she then grew even more ambitious and wanted to level up so moved to a more lucrative strip clubs like Lace Two where she described as a more Urban feel. Her ability to speak some Spanish did come effective when she started to overcome hurdles as she described as colorism as well as other down sides such as insecurity of the looks of her body. She then began to theorize that she could make a lot more money if she had a bigger butt and chest. So, she then decided on getting a chest done in the Dominicanrepublic as well as her butt on a lady’s table in a random basement. She says that she doesn’t even know what was even used and says, “I could die, who knows?”
Controversies of the Disney Princess
It was around this time in her life when some of her controversies accord. In March 2019 during one of her live-streams from Instagram resurfaced from 2016 she stating she had drugged and robbed men during these times when she was stripping who willingly came with her to hotel rooms for sex. The video was condemned on social media but she defended her behavior, saying it was necessary at the time for her to survive.
All this aside Cardi B did start to love stripping and all the independence and freedom it provided her and the money she made doing it. She knew that she would not do it forever and said she would retire at 25 since she one day wanted to have a child. She even retired more earlier than that and retired at 23 years old.
Cardi B Campaign in Social Media
However throughout her career of stripping Cardi B did gather Clout and Fame a ton through her social media and Instagram page gaining thousands of followers and gone viral dozens of times through videos she has posted on the internet through Instagram and Vine. Some of here early famous quote videos were“People be asking me What do you does? Are you a model? Are you, like, a comedian or something? Nah, I ain’t none of that. I’m a hoe. I’m a stripper hoe. I’m about this shmoney.” Being upfront and proud of her stripper lifestyle continued to build her followers and fans through its pure authenticity. Always posting daily and speaking her mind about generally taboo topics like money, sex and power. As she said “People want me to be full of shame that I use to dance. I would never be ashamed of it. I made a lot of money. I had a good time and it showed me a lot. It made me open my eyes about how people are, how men are, about hunger and passion and ambition.”
Through her continued campaigning of her true self a brooklen rapper Bobby Shumurda discovered her and helped her come up by posting her videos like 2 or 3 times getting her a lot of followers.. She says that he got her page lit and that is why she will always love them wild heavy she said during a live stream.
Things continued to go up from there with her since then in 2015 she ended up on the show Love and Hip Hop New York Season six. She was originally cast to be a supporting actress but then several episodes in the producers of the show saw quickly she could make the show that money due to her bluntness and unfiltered honesty. She loved saying very funny and quotable stuff directly into the camera which resulted into the audience really getting attached to her personality and leaving them wanting more. This lead to her not only appearing multiple times on Love and Hip Hop New York season 6 and 7 but also episodes of, Khloe Kardashian spills the tea of Cocktails with Khloe, Uncommon sense with Charlemagne’s, Being Marry Jane and as well as Hip Hop Squares.
The Rise of Cardi B’s Music Career
While gaining massive fan base through her multiple tv appearances she was also working on developing a music career. In 2015 she debuted her musical efforts with the remix of Shaggy’s Boom Boom singing along side PopCaan which she then followed by one of her own singles “Cheap Ass Weave.” Continuing to strike while the iron was hot she then followed up with releasing in 2016 she released her first mix tape “Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1”.
Her momentum and recognition then lead her on November 2016 to be featured on the digital cover of Vibe’s magazine “Viva” issue. On September 12, 2016, KSR Group released the compilation Underestimated: The Album, which is a collaboration between KSR Group artists Cardi B, HoodCelebrityy, SwiftOnDemand, Cashflow Harlem, and Josh X. It was previously released only to attendees of their U.S. tour. KSR Group’s flagship artist Cardi B said “I wanted to make a song that would make girls dance, twerk and at the same time encourage them to go get that Shmoney,” in regard to the compilation’s single “What a Girl Likes“.
On January 20, 2017, Cardi B released her second mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2. This is the album with the album of the dude licking her foot. As I promised at this point in the story I would have the answer on who it was that is doing that. Unfortunately after hours of research and clicking on all three pages of google results there was no answers I could find of who this mysterious man was. However I did come across during this research that model in Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol 1 according to TMZ and Billboard his name is Model Kevin Brophy to upwards of 5 million dollars. Since he is calming he never signed off for his image to be used in a sexual manner. So sad that I could not find the answer for you but at least I came back with something for you.
In February 2017, Cardi B partnered with MAC Cosmetics and Rio Uribe’s Gypsy Sport for an event for New York Fashion Week. In late February, it was reported that Cardi B signed her first major record label recording contract with Atlantic Records. On February 25, 2017, Cardi B was the opening act for East Coast hip hop group The Lox‘s Filthy America… It’s Beautiful Tour, alongside fellow New York City-based rappers Lil’ Kim and Remy Ma. In April 2017, she was featured in i-D‘s “A-Z of Music” video sponsored by Marc Jacobs. Cardi also guest-starred on the celebrity panel show Hip Hop Squares, appearing on the March 13 and April 3, 2017 episodes.
In May 2017, the nominees for the 2017 BET Awards were announced, revealing that Cardi B had been nominated for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, tying with DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar for the most nominations with nine. Although she failed to win any awards, losing to Chance the Rapper and Remy Ma, respectively, Cardi B performed at the BET Awards Afterparty show. On June 11, 2017, during Hot 97‘s annual Summer Jam music festival, Remy Ma brought out Cardi B, along with The Lady of Rage, MC Lyte, Young M.A, Monie Love, Lil’ Kim and Queen Latifah, to celebrate female rappers and perform Latifah’s 1993 hit single “U.N.I.T.Y.” about female empowerment. In June 2017, it was revealed that Cardi B would be on the cover of The Fader‘s Summer Music issue for July/August 2017. She performed at MoMA PS1 on August 19 to a crowd of 4,000
On June 16, 2017, Atlantic Records released Cardi B’s commercial debut single, “Bodak Yellow“, via digital distribution. She performed the single on The Wendy Williams Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The song climbed the charts for several months, and, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated September 25, 2017, “Bodak Yellow” reached the number one spot, making Cardi B the first female rapper to do so with a solo single since Lauryn Hill‘s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” debuted atop the chart in 1998. The song stayed atop the charts for three consecutive weeks, tying with American pop singer Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” as the longest running female at the number one spot in 2017. Cardi B became the first person of Dominican descent to reach number one in the history of the Hot 100 since it was launched in 1958. An editor of The New York Times called it “the rap anthem of the summer”.”Bodak Yellow” was eventually certified septuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song received nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 60th Grammy Awards. It won Single of the Year at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.
With her collaborations “No Limit” and “MotorSport“, she became the first female rapper to land her first three entries in the top 10 of the Hot 100, and the first female artist to achieve the same on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In October 2017, Cardi B headlined Power 105.1‘s annual Powerhouse music celebration, alongside The Weeknd, Migos, and Lil Uzi Vert, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In December, she released two songs: a collaboration with Puerto Rican singer Ozuna titled “La Modelo“,and “Bartier Cardi“, the second single from her debut album.
On January 3, 2018, Cardi B was featured on Bruno Mars‘ remix version of “Finesse”, and also appeared in the 90’s inspired video. On January 18, 2018, Cardi B became the first woman to have five top 10 singles simultaneously on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. She released another single, “Be Careful“, on March 30, 2018, a week before her album’s release.
Her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, was released on April 6, 2018, to universal acclaim from music critics. Editors from Variety and The New York Times called it “one of the most powerful debuts of this millennium” and “a hip-hop album that doesn’t sound like any of its temporal peers,” respectively. The album entered at number one in the United States, while she became the first female artist to chart 13 entries simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100, on the chart issue dated April 21. It also became the most streamed album by a female artist in a single week in Apple Music,] and the largest on-demand audio streaming week ever for an album by a woman (a record broken in 2019 by Ariana Grande‘s album Thank U, Next). The album’s title reflects Cardi B’s feeling that as she gained popularity her privacy was being invaded in a variety of ways. Following the album’s release, during a performance on Saturday Night Live, Cardi B officially announced her pregnancy, after much media speculation. She also co-hosted an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Several months later, in July 2018, the album’s fourth single, “I Like It“, which features vocals from Bad Bunny and J Balvin, reached number one on the Hot 100; this marked her second number one on the chart and made her the first female rapper to achieve multiple chart-toppers. Her collaboration with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You,” also reached number one the Hot 100 chart, extending her record among female rappers and also making her the sixth female artist to achieve three number-one singles on the chart during the 2010sThe song’s music video has received more than 2.4 billion views on YouTube, making it the most viewed video of 2018, and was the fifth-best selling song of the year globally. With “Girls Like You” following “I Like It” at the top of the Billboard Radio Songs chart, Cardi B became the first female rapper to ever replace herself at number one on that chart. The single spent seven weeks atop the Hot 100, making Cardi the female rapper with most cumulative weeks atop the chart, with eleven weeks. It spent 33 weeks in the top 10, tying both Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” and Post Malone and Swae Lee‘s “Sunflower” for the longest top 10 run in the chart’s archives. In October 2018, Invasion of Privacy was certified double platinum by the RIAA. With the thirteen tracks, she became the first female artist to have all songs from an album certified gold or higher in the US
The Story of her successful career and Awards
Cardi B received the most nominations for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards with 12 mentions, winning three awards. She also tied with Drake for the most nominations at the 2018 American Music Awards. She won three AMAs and performed at the ceremony. Her single “Money” and her collaboration with DJ Snake “Taki Taki” entered the top 20 on the Hot 100. “Taki Taki” topped the charts in a number of Hispanic countries and has garnered more than 1 billion views. People en Español named her Star of the YearEntertainment Weekly deemed her “a pop culture phenomenon”, as she was named one of “2018 Entertainers of the Year.” November 30, 2018, Cardi B was honored at Ebony‘s annual Power 100 Gala. Cardi ranked fifth on the 2018 Billboard Year-End Top Artists chart, while Invasion of Privacy ranked sixth. She also topped streaming services’ rankings, including Apple Music (the most-streamed album of the year by a female artist globally) and Spotify (the most streamed female artist of the year in the United States).[ Editorial staff from Apple Music and Billboard named “I Like It” the best song of 2018, while Time magazine and Rolling Stone named Invasion of Privacy the best album of the yearArticles by several publications, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, have called her “hip-hop’s current reigning queen.” Also in 2018, Time included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world
2019–present: Tiger Woods, Hustlers and Rhythm + Flow
Cardi B received five nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards, including for Album of the Year, Best Rap Album and Record of the Year (“I Like It”). She became the third female rapper to be nominated for Album of the Year, following Lauryn Hill (1999) and Missy Elliott (2004).On February 10, 2019, she then performed at the award ceremony, where she wore three vintages Thierry Mugler couture looks during the telecast and became the first female rapper to win Best Rap Album as a solo artist.As for a different honor event, Cardi B also led the 2019 Billboard Music Awards nominations, with 21, the most nominations in a single year ever by a woman and the third most nominations in a year ever (behind Drake and The Chainsmokers, who both had 22 in a year).She ended up winning six awards, bringing her career total wins to seven—the most of any female rapper in history.
On February 15, 2019, Cardi B released a single alongside Bruno Mars called “Please Me“, which became her seventh top-ten song on the Hot 100. The official music video was released two weeks later on March 1On March 1, Cardi set a new attendance record at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, with 75,580 fans in the audience. With “Backin’ It Up“, “Twerk” and “Money”, Cardi became the first female artist to occupy the top three on the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart. The song marks Cardi’s and Bruno’s second collaboration, following “Finesse” in 2018. On May 27, 2019, Cardi B tweeted that her new single titled “Press” and its cover will be released on May 31, 2019.The music video was released on June 26, 2019.It had its debut performance at the BET Awards 2019. During an Instagram livestream on October 2, 2019, she stated that her upcoming second studio album will be called Tiger Woods and that it will be released in 2020.
Foot Steps in Film Industry
Cardi B made her film debut in Hustlers directed by Lorene Scafaria, opposite Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, and Lili Reinhart. The film was released on September 13, 2019 to critical acclaim.Cardi B, along with Chance the Rapper and T.I., were confirmed as judges for the Netflix series Rhythm + Flow, a ten-part hip-hop talent search that premiered on October 9, 2019. She will next appear in Fast & Furious 9, which is set to be released on May 22, 2020, by Universal Pictures.In September, 2019, Cardi B became the highest-certified female rapper of all time on the RIAA’s Top Artists (Digital Singles) ranking, with 31.5 million certified units, also being the ninth highest-certified female artist overall.In 2018, Time included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Forbes has recognized her as one of the most influential female rappers of all time. In December 2019, Cardi B embarked on her first tour of Africa, performing in Nigeria and Ghana.
With all the success in the music and hip-hop industry over the years multiple claims and allegations that Cardi B lies and has people write her lyrics for her or hires ghost writers to write her raps or lyrics. Some even question if it even matters at this point because some say the type of fans, she has does not really care either way so they even question the relevance to the question itself. Addressing to all the controversy on Jun 6th, 2019 Cardi B tweeted “Because I do write a lot of my shit that’s the thing .Yes just like every other artist I do have a couple writer that help with hooks but I wrote plenty of songs on my album specially my mixtape .Ya just flip shit and ya want to believe the fuck shit so bad but EAT IT UP BITCH!”
A lot of people also have seen a lot of similarities through her and Nicki Minaj’s career and a lot of people hoped for and expected some type of collaboration. To their surprise the opposite has accord and an ongoing feud has continued to unfold. In fact to one point it escalate from online beef to in person in September 9th 2018 at New York Fashion at the Harper’s Bazaar’s bash Cardi locked eyes with Nicki and her crew and “aggressively approached the table” according to reports and TMZ. Cardi B then lunged towards Nicki saying “Let me tell you something…” while lunging at Nicki and pulled off her shoe throwing it her and missing. Since then multiple attempts have been made to put there past behind them but nothing has been confirmed from both parties yet.
However, one of the many positive things Cardi B has obtained through her career is meeting Offset one third of the group Migos. They have dated for quite some time which later resulted in marriage. As she then also later came on Saturday Night Live with her bump showing that she was also now pregnant and later gave birth to her child she named Kulture Kiari Cephus was born July 10th of 2018.
Now a proud mom if Cardi B has taught us many wise things through her quoteables over the years and most importantly that hard work, dedication and trying new things can help you archive your dreams.
Cardi B has also learned a lot through all her success been called “unabashedly, directly political” and often uses social media to advocate for causes she believes in. For example on Mar 22, 2018 she launched a video on Instagram and twitter discussing her frustration with the governments process on taking and spending our tax money. She said,
“Aight, so you know the government is taking 40 percent of my taxes, and Uncle Sam, I want to know what you’re doing with my f****** tax money, because you know what I’m sayin’, like, when you donate, like, when you donate to a kid from a foreign country, they give you updates of what they doing with your donation.
I want to know what you’re doing with my f****** tax money, because I’m from New York and the streets is always dirty, we was voted the dirtiest city in America.
What is y’all doing?
There’s still rats on the damn trains. I know y’all not spending it in no damn prison, because y’all be giving n***** like two underwears, one jumpsuit, for like five months, so what is y’all n****** doing with my f****** money? What is y’all doing with my f****** money? I want to know! I want receipts! I want everything! I want to know what y’all n****** doing with my f****** money! What is y’all n****** doing with my f****** money? Uncle Sam I want to know what you’re f****** doing with my motherf****** money.”
Also During the 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown she released a video on Instagram, where she noted “our country is a hellhole right now” that quickly became viral. Cardi has stated that she has always been obsessed with politics. On January 12, 2020 she even tweeted “I think I want to be a politician. I really love government even tho I don’t agree with Government.”
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