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“I feel so damn powerful.” Meanwhile, a lot of her predecessors had male mentors or collaborators who helped them gain exposure and hit a turning point career-wise.
In Ava Du Vernay’s documentary My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-Hop, Trina reveals that “females don’t get as much exposure and as much perks as the guys,” while Salt-N-Pepa have been candid about dealing with racist record companies.Despite collecting 79 charting singles — 32 in which she’s been the lead artist — and counting, she’s never hit that No. Her closest call came with 2014’s “Anaconda,” peaking at No 2 behind Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” (Coincidentally, Bodak Yellow usurped another Taylor Swift track — “Look What You Made Me Do” — to top the chart.)Beyond the obvious element of pure data, it’s impossible to pinpoint the deciding difference between Cardi’s triumphant position and what has kept Minaj from achieving that same goal.But for a hip-hop purist, the differences between the two are actually encouraging.1s under his belt (“Stronger” and “Gold Digger”) as the lead artist. Women who rap are an even rarer sight at the chart’s summit. 1 single with 1998’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing).” In the nearly 20 years since then, no solo female rap performance had earned the same distinction, with the contentious exception of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” — until Cardi B.Given the limited number of women rappers who manage to break through the mainstream, this scarcity isn’t altogether surprising.Just doing jokes that I do with my friends,” she told Complex in 2015.
“A lot of people when they meet me will be like, you are just like your Instagram video.
Released with no major promotion this past June, “Bodak Yellow” is her first charting single, and a mammoth one at that.
Leaning on a minimal beat of three alternating notes and trap drums, Cardi borrows from the cadence used in Kodak Black’s 2014 hit “No Flockin’.” But while Kodak’s style was laid-back, here Cardi’s thick, husky voice is coolly aggressive, much like a seasoned boxer.
I’m like, ‘bitch, I know.’ That’s who I am."Next, she parlayed her internet popularity into a two-season stint on Love & Hip Hop: New York.
A gift from the GIF-gods, her mix of cheeky hilarity, disarming honesty, and brash behavior charmed viewers and expanded her fanbase further.
Encouraged by a manager, she decided to focus on pursuing music — a long-standing dream of hers — and wound up reaching her widest audience yet.