The numbers don’t lie: Cardi B is unstoppable. The 25-year-old Afro-Latina singer has forged her own path to the top, working as a stripper before making her mark as a reality TV star on Love and Hip Hop: New York. The self-described “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx first won fans with her swagger — now it’s her music that’s got everyone’s attention.
Last year, Cardi (aka Bacardi, Bardi B) topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her megahit “Bodak Yellow,” making her the first female rapper to do so since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. Cardi B also bumped Beyoncé to become the first woman to have five top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts in a single week. And remember when she dethroned Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” last year? And Taylor sent her flowers to congratulate her?
More than 20 million Instagram followers don’t think so. Her fans are ride or die for Cardi, and she keeps it real with them on all levels — she’s seriously unfiltered. “I love my career now, but it’s like my spirit was happier before. When I was dancing, I had so much fun. I felt powerful in the club. I felt free,” she said.
Cardi B’s highly anticipated album Invasion of Privacy has dropped, and she’s ready to bask in the glory. “Having a No. 1 song makes me happy — but working for it makes me really happy.
“I’m gonna be famous forever.”