Cardi B’s biographyCardi B (real name Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar) is a popular rapper, songwriter and Internet celebrity, winner of a multitude of music awards (including 9 BET Hip Hop Awards and 3 MTV Video Music Awards as of the beginning of 2019). The rapper also holds two Guinness World Records: Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot 100 entries by a female and Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female.
Childhood and adolescenceThe future queen of rap was born on October 11, 1992, in The Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City, to a Dominican father and Trinidadian/Spaniard mother. Cardi spent much of her childhood years at her paternal grandmother's home in Manhattan. According to the artist, this really contributed to her developing a thick accent she speaks with today.
In 2013, Belcalis unexpectedly gained a lot of publicity due to some of her videos, mostly her rapping, going viral on Vine and her official Instagram page.
The road to fameIn 2015, Cardi joined the cast of a reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York, which chronicles the lives of people involved with hip hop music. That’s when her Instagram followers count began growing dramatically. Around that same time, she released her debut music video Cheap A** Weave. Later the aspiring rapper announced that she would be leaving the show after just two seasons (6th and 7th), stating that she’d rather further pursue her career in music.
She dropped her second mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2, consisting of 10 tracks, and a single Bronx Season in January 2017. Furthermore, Cardi went on a tour organized by her music label KSR Group with Jamaican singer HoodCelebrityy, Haitian-American singer Josh X and other fellow musicians.
Cardi B was also featured on the remix of D.R.A.M.’s hit Cute, collaborated with A$AP Rocky on No Limit for G-Eazy’s album The Beautiful & Damned, and partnered up with PHresher for Right Now.
However, the rap diva gained true worldwide recognition only after releasing her commercial debut single, Bodak Yellow in the middle of 2017, which eventually reached the number one spot on Billboard Hot 100. Cardi B became the first female rapper in 19 years to do so with a solo single since Lauryn Hill’s song Doo Wop (That Thing) dropped in 1998.
That same year Cardi B has joined the cast of drama television series, Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union. Cardi also guest-starred on the celebrity panel show Hip Hop Squares.
By 2018, the glamorous rap icon had amassed an impressive followers count of 25 million people on her personal Instagram account. Her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.
In September of that same year, a French musician and producer DJ Snake released a single in collaboration with Cardi B, Selena Gomez and a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Ozuna. Taki Taki reached 100 million views on YouTube in record time.
However, the singer’s, known for her fiery temper, fast rise to fame did not happen without any scandals or controversies. In 2018, at the Harper’s Bazaar after-party during New York Fashion Week, Cardi B got in a verbal fight with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, accusing her of spreading rumors about Cardi’s achievements. Cardi is also known to be publically feuding with another rapper, Azealia Banks, who went beyond harsh exchanges on social media and called Cardi an 'illiterate, untalented rat during a live radio interview.
The rap royalty, who finally got the worldwide recognition she deserves, continues to improve her skills and creates extraordinary music. She dropped a new single Please Me featuring Bruno Mars in February 2019, which topped the US iTunes on the day of its release.