“Bodak Yellow” Just Went No. 1 And 11 Other Ways Cardi B Is Living Her Best Life Right Now
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Cardi B, born Belcalis Almanzar, has come a long way from battling with local New York DJs on Love and Hip Hop New York in an effort to get them to play her music on the radio. Nowadays, she’s battling major artists for the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and for the first time, the star has finally peaked, surpassing the likes of Taylor Swift.
According to Billboard, the 24-year-old’s hit “Bodak Yellow” went from No. 2 to No. 1 this week on the charts, making it the hottest song in the country no matter the genre. The chart placement also makes Cardi only the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 without the help of a featured artist. Lauryn Hill was the first when she debuted “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998.
What a day ! I feel like it’s my Graduation,Birthday and prom at the same time ! You see Atlantic wanted me to take a flight in the AM for a meeting and to pick up my Platinum plaque…Didn’t know it was a big surprise with my family ,friends, Gang and the girls that I used to work good and bad nights with back in Sues Rendezvous.Also fans and people that been supporting me since day one ,All of them there for ME!! Thank you I’m beyond happy!! #BARDIGANG ..Wish my mom and sister was there and My man and Charlemagne but gotta take of business !!!
They also pointed out that only four other female rappers have topped the Hot 100, and it’s not who you would think. That includes Iggy Azalea for “Fancy” in 2014, (which featured Charli XCX) Shawnna, who was featured on Ludacris’ hit “Stand Up” in 2003 and Lil Kim, who topped the charts when featured on the remake of “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, P!nk and Mya in 2001.
Ms. Almanzar is doing big things, indeed. It’s refreshing to see someone so humble and so comfortable being who they are having such a great deal of success. But Cardi has been living it up way before she finally achieved her first No. 1 hit. She’s had some major opportunities to meet some icons, perform with a few others stars and just shine front and center in all kinds of places and spaces that people may not have ever thought they’d see her in. Check out 11 ways Cardi B has been living her best life:
That Time Janet Jackson Danced to “Bodak Yellow” on Tour
That Time She Was Cinderella at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball and Met Her Idol
When She Was the Performer at Alexander Wang’s New York Fashion Week Party
When She Went Full on Glam For NYFW
That Time She Met Beyoncé After Performing at Made in America
That Time She Was the Pre-Show Performer at the VMAs and Post-Show Performer at the BET Awards
That Time She Was Featured in the New York Times
That Time She Bought Her First Bentley
That Time Missy Elliott Said She Was a Fan
That Time Drake Brought Her Out for OVO Fest
I'm sooo proud of myself.I want too THANK @thefader with my whole heart and tittie for having me on there cover of they July/August issue but I really want to thank them for believing in me and supporting me. This makes my family and my neighborhood so proud thank you for helping me make them proud and making these young REGULAR GIRLS LIKE ME see that everything and anything is POSSIBLE!!!!#bodakyellow #lookinlikeicaughtalick #regulardegularBronxgirl #iwasonapole2yearsago