You have probably heard the name Cardi B a lot recently. She took over the voice of Alexa in the Amazon Alexa Super Bowl commercial and her song "Bodak Yellow" has been blowing up the charts. Despite hearing her name and music, many people are still wondering who is Cardi B and why is she famous again?
Cardi B is a rapper who broke a record previously set by R&B artist Lauryn Hill back in 1998. She became the first female rapper in almost 20-years to have a song be number one on Billboard’s Hot 100. Her song "Bodak Yellow" hit the top spot last fall, and since then, the young woman has been making a name for herself not only in the music industry but Hollywood as well.
The 25-year-old, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, is from the Bronx and basically gained attention from social media. Her willingness to be open and honest, along with the fact she has no filter, helped her become a social media sensation. Cardi B. used her Internet Celebrity status to promote her music, which she writes herself and develop her brand. Yes, being a social media star basically launched her career!
After she was open about her past, sharing her desire to make a lot of money and being honest about her plastic surgery enhanced body on Instagram, reality TV soon came calling. For two years, Cardi B was a regular on the trashy VH1 series Love & Hip Hop: New York. Her sexuality, her profanity-laden comments and her desire to be famous were a perfect fit for the show. Plus, it helped the rapper to showcase her talent leading to why she is now everywhere.
She is Dominican and Trinidadian and paid homage to her roots by doing a Spanish language version of her song "Bodak Yellow." Cardi B. is joined by Latin rap star Messiah joins her on the track on the track, which she shared was inspired by her family. It was her desire to make her family proud that prompted her to record the hit song in Spanish.
Due to her time on Love & Hip Hop: New York, as well as her social media celebrity status, many in the industry, did not take the rapper seriously. However, over the past year, she has proven she means business and she is here to stay. She earned nine nominations for this year's BET Hip-Hop Awards, including best new artist and single of the year. That is quite an achievement, not many have earned that many nominations at the awards show. Plus, it gained her praise from fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, which is a big deal to the artist.
Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD BREAKING achievement. Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it💕💞🎀 @iamcardib— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) September 25, 2017
It has been less than a year since Cardi B.’s breakout hit ‘Bodak Yello’ was released. However, her life has not been the same since. After years of making a name for herself on social media, she has officially arrived but it is not just because of her musical talent. She is also a fashion icon, who does not fit the stereotypical fashionista style. Plus, she is all about empowering women, through activism, music and social media. This girl is a force to be reckoned with and she is not afraid to show it to anyone.
Cardi B. has spent time in a gang, worked as a stripper, attended the famous Renaissance High School For Musical Theater & Technology in Harlem and taken social media by storm. She does not apologize for who she is and speaks her mind always. Her confidence and amazing talent have now made her one of the most sought-after musical talents in Hollywood today. The rapper is only in her mid-twenties but she has been working for years to make her dreams come true.
One of those dreams is being in a loving committed relationship with someone who accepts how career-focused she is. Cardi B. is engaged to American rapper Offset. She has often referred to meeting her future husband as “ the biggest blessing.” They have not set a wedding date yet but a number of television networks are reportedly fighting for the rights to air their special day.
Well there you have it the answer to who is Cardi B. and why is she famous.