Listen, you don’t need me to tell you that Cardi B is an unstoppable force in hip-hop. She recently became one of three artists ever to have her first three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the top 10 simultaneously, sharing the honor with the Beatles and Ashanti. Her summertime smash “Bodak Yellow” still sits at No. 10, while her features on G-Eazy’s “No Limit” and Migos’ “Motorsport” have her in the No. 4 and No. 7 spots, respectively.
Cardi’s got bars, and she makes herself all the more lovable with her achingly funny comedic timing. One of Cardi’s earliest iconic moments was her viral proclamation of how a hoe never gets cold and in the past year, the Internet has been blessed with a deluge of gut-busting moments. Here’s some of my recent favs.
This succinct condemnation of her Twitter and Instagram hacker feels downright meditative.
Cardi’s said her peace and it’s over. Also, there’s something undeniably catchy about the phrase “nerdy, geeky, virgin bitch.”
Her wisdom about haters
Cardi possesses a natural hilarity that leaves everyone winded and has also been known to impart wisdom to the masses. Case in point: her October 2017 Instagram video demanding that people drop any feelings of jealousy in favor of motivation. “Don’t be a ‘Why her and not me?’ type of bitch,” she explains. “Be a ‘How can I get next to that bitch?’ type of bitch. Be a ‘Shit, if she could do it I could do it, too!’ type of bitch.” A hero!
Cardi B is just like us, and by that I mean she also spent the majority of 2017 listening to SZA.
The Bronx rapper posted two snippets of her remixing Ctrl tracks“Love Galore” and “The Weekend,” which left me yearning for what would be an unforgettable collaboration.
Protecting her assets
Perhaps what’s most special about Cardi’s rise to stardom is both her growth as an artist and person. Remember just a few sentences ago when we mentioned how she’d never let something like freezing temperatures stop her from pulling a look? Look at her now, protecting herself against the harsh NYC weather drops and not caring about the social shame of Ugg boots.
Speaking out in support of other sex workers
Cardi is vocal about her time as a stripper and we’re all better off for it. Her perspective is paramount for sex work visibility, and in this video, she hits an important point on the stigmatization of industry and how its workers are often dispossessed of their humanity.
And finally, we leave you with one last thought-provoking morsel from the rapper: