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The Rise of Cardi B

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She Was Just a Regular Degular Shmegular Girl From the Bronx

Savannah Roberson | sroberson8@radford.edu

In rapper Cardi B’s “I Gotta Hurt You,” she lets her listeners know, “I got to make sure that you feel me. I need to make sure they remember me forever. I have to show you.”

With her current success that only appears to be gaining momentum with time, there can be little doubt that she will not be quickly forgotten anytime soon.

Cardi B, otherwise known as Belcalis Almanzar, is a 25-year-old Dominican and Trinidadian entertainer from New York who has recently been enjoying continued success at a constant rate.

After creating her Instagram account and gaining followers that would launch her into “social media stardom,” according to TheFamousPeople.com, Cardi B has since enjoyed success in a range of fields like comedy, entertainment, and even acting. Perhaps most importantly to note is her mark on music history: an appearance as the first female rapper to top the Billboard Top 100 since 1998 with her song, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).”

What sets Cardi B apart from other entertainers in the industry is her unapologetic openness with her fans, her down-to-earth roots despite her quickly grown stardom, her innovative and enterprising spirit when it comes to promoting herself in the entertainment and music industries. Billboard.com praises Cardi B’s massive influence, even in her own field.

After the Billboard Top 100, Cardi B received congratulations from big-name rappers like Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliot, Lil’ Kim, and even received a bouquet of roses from Taylor Swift.

It is important to note that while Cardi B has been called uncensored and perhaps too cavalier with both her personal and professional life, she is also being recognized by other female rappers, and could even be said to be inspiring unity amongst them—a field that has historically seen no shortage of drama and hostility.

Apart from the impact Cardi B has made in her own field, she also manages to inspire and unite others, especially women, outside her area.

Latina.com mentions the use of some of Cardi B’s lyrics as a rallying cry at the Women’s March of this year, along with pictures of marchers with signs, most of which reference perhaps her most famous song, “Bodak Yellow,” containing phrases like ‘bloody moves’ and ‘these is bloody shoes.’

Though Cardi B’s songs contain lyrics that indeed place them individually in the rap genre, they also hold nuances and a general awareness of the current political, social, and cultural scenes, especially when it comes to women.

Cardi B is not short on talent nor ambition, and her story is one that many Americans can get behind.

Through her intense and unyielding devotion to her craft, hers is a story of a rise to fame—starting with a young woman with a charismatic sense of humor who created an Instagram account.

Moreover, leading to where she is now: a history-making rap star and one of the most influential female entertainers of her generation.

Freshman Gillian Shepard said, “Cardi B is a woman who worked for everything she has and started at the bottom only to end up at the top. She’s an inspiration for women who might be where she started.”

As theoddyseyonline.com states, Cardi B just might be “the feminist role model America needs.”

Photo Credit (billboard.com)

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