In 2017, everybody was listening to “Bodak Yellow.” Some people called Cardi B an overnight success, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Cardi B has been hustling since the very beginning – and shows no signs of stopping.
Before there was a Bodak Yellow, Cardi B – Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, for those wondering – joined VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: New York” in 2015 for two seasons, chronicling her rise to fame. She eventually left to pursue her other passion: music.
Cardi B’s first foray into the music industry was a feature on a remix of Shaggy’s “Boom Boom.” In 2016, she released her own mixtape, “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1.” She followed this up the following year with “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2.” This, partnered with ad campaigns for companies including Romantic Depot and MAC Cosmetics, as well as TV appearances, caught the attention of Atlantic Records, who eventually signed her in 2017.
In June 2017, “Bodak Yellow” was released. It became a hit, climbing the charts slowly before hitting number one – making Cardi B the first female rapper to reach the top of the charts since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The song was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 60th Grammys.
“Invasion of Privacy,” her debut album, was a hit among critics and shot to number one when it was released. It topped the charts for three weeks; she became the first female artist with 13 entries charting at once. It also became Apple Music’s most-streamed album by a female artist in one week. The album was nominated for Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, and Record of the Year (“I Like It”) at the 61st Grammys.
This year, Cardi B released a single with Bruno Mars, “Please Me,” and a single of her own, “Press.” She also announced that her next album will be titled “Tiger Woods,” with plans to be released in 2020. She also made her film debut in Hustlers.
Safe to say, Cardi B is just getting started – keep an eye on her if you aren’t doing so already.