To some, Cardi B is just another female rapper. To others, Cardi B is an award-winning entertainer.
Cardi B: A Performer from Day One
Since Cardi B came onto the music scene, the hip-hop genre has been forever changed. Her eclectic style and genuine talent mixed with her infectious personality helped her reach astronomical heights.
Some of her catchphrases, including “okurrr” and “What was the reason?” have cemented her icon status. At the end of the day, she is a pop-culture icon with true talent.
With the help of social media and her role on VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: New York, Cardi B became who she is today. Who is that? A rapper and performer with a lot of hilarity, honesty, and humbleness up her sleeve. Coming off Love & Hip-Hop, B released her hit “Bodak Yellow.”
A Debut Single for the Ages
This hit single began a new era for the rapper, both in the spotlight and in the mainstream music industry. The entertainer shot up the charts and became a household name almost instantly.
That was 2017. Now, almost four years since it’s release, the track is certified diamond. Just this week RIAA announced the certification status on the anthemic, semi-autobiographical track.
“Bodak Yellow” makes the New York native the first ever female rapper to have a diamond certified song. The comical, relatable performer, born Belcalis, is constantly setting records and breaking them. Yet, she remains as real as ever.
Cardi B was also the first female rapper to win a Billboard Woman of the Year award in 2020. That was added to her slew of Billboard awards, BET awards, AMAs, and many more.
The mom of one, Kulture, often references her measly beginnings in her songs. On one track, “Get Up 10” she fiercely raps, “Went from making tuna sandwiches to making the news.”
Making Her Voice Heard
She’s also thankful for her platform and often uses it to speak up for matters that are important to her. Recently, that has included the Black Lives Matter movement, small businesses, and voting. In 2020, the singer was also part of an ad campaign promoting the census and it’s national importance.
The New Yorker knows who she is and he’s not afraid to show that. Whether it be through her style, her music, her social media, or her boisterous personality, she’s Cardi B 24/7.
This includes her now infamous Grammy acceptance speech from 2019, when she won Best Rap Album. Cardi B won this notable award for her debut commercial release, Invasion of Privacy. In her legendary and heartwarming speech, Cardi was 100% herself.
This year, Cardi B is once again gracing the Grammys stage. She will be performing during the March 14 ceremony. This comes right after her latest single release, “Up,” which reached No. 2 on the charts. The song has amassed millions of streams online in just a few weeks and even more views on the YouTube video.
“WAP,” “Up,” and More Set Cardi B Up For a Great Year
Cardi B had a very strong year in 2020, regardless of the pandemic. In between raising her daughter and going through a public break up, she released one of the biggest hits of the year. Alongside fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B dropped “WAP.”
The promiscuous, memorable rap-pop track took the world by storm in many ways. Not only was the hit played on the radio and featured in playlists, but it kicked off a viral dance craze. TikTok is the source of a lot of success for artists, and Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are just one example of that with “WAP.”
From hit songs and broken records to Super Bowl commercials and makeup lines, Cardi B does it all. Her performance at the 63rd annual Grammy awards is set to be only one of her many achievements. All thanks to her personalized hip-hop music, big heart, and various talents.