Cardi B Makes History
Cardi B really is making “money moves”: She’s just made music history.
She’s the first female rapper to hit No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart without the assistance of another credited artist — in 19 years.
Oh, and she knocked off Taylor Swift, which also doesn’t happen very often.
Billboard reported Monday that Cardi B’s debut hit Bodak Yellow moved from No. 2 to No. 1, besting Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do and ending Tay’s three-week reign at the top. Lauryn Hill was the last female rapper to hit No. 1 without an assist with Doo Wop (That Thing) in 1998.
Cardi B was thrilled.
“Thank you, everybody. I’m very happy; I’m very honored, especially ’cause my family’s here,” she said at a party she hosted (featuring a Louboutin cake and fake dollar bills with her face on them) where she spoke about what the achievement means to her.
“I never really saw that I was gonna hit No. 1, but once I was that close I was like, ‘Oh my God, I gotta do it,’ ” she said about the song’s 12-week run for money. “And for me to know that today I made history…(fantastic!)”
When Bodak Yellow was at No. 3 earlier this month, Cardi became rap’s highest-charting woman since Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda in 2014. Few performers have had a summer, or even a year, as big as the 24-year-old star, whose rise to fame is a modern-day Cinderella story.
And in a year where pop music’s biggest female names have either stayed away from the spotlight or broken bad, Cardi B’s real-girl appeal and natural-born talents make her the underdog the industry needs.
Born Belcalis Almanzar and raised in the Bronx, Cardi epitomizes the modern ways that stars are born in 2017: She started as an exotic dancer, built a massive Instagram following, and began dabbling in music in 2015, right around the time she joined VH1’s Love & Hip Hop.