So hot right now: rap­per Cardi B

This New Yorker is out to stunt with her ‘no fil­ter at­ti­tude’


1 The 24-year-old is blow­ing up the charts with her break­through sin­gle, Bo­dak Yel­low (Money Moves), which the New York Times has called the rap an­them of the sum­mer. 2 “I wanted to do a song that’s like, ‘You know what? I’m in a good place in my life right now and I want to stunt [show off]’.” And stunt she did – the track went to No 1 on the Bill­board Hot Rap chart. 3 Born Bel­calis Al­man­zar to a Trinida­dian mother and Do­mini­can fa­ther, she grew up in New York. She started out as a strip­per then be­came an In­sta­gram sen­sa­tion thanks to her “no fil­ter at­ti­tude”. In 2015 she was cast in the VH1 re­al­ity se­ries Love & Hip Hop: New York. 4 At the 2017 BET Awards she was nom­i­nated for best new artist and best fe­male hip-hop artist, but didn’t win in ei­ther cat­e­gory. 5 She cites Missy El­liot, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Puerto Ri­can rap­per Ivy Queen among her in­spi­ra­tions. 6 She says the down­side of fame is be­ing sur­rounded by fake peo­ple. “When I was broke, I never re­ally had any­body. Now I have so many peo­ple who sup­port me. Do peo­ple like me ‘cause of me? Or do they just like Cardi B?”

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