Cardi B de­fends old video about drug­ging, rob­bing men

The Buffalo News - - GUSTOSUNDAY - By Christie D’Zurilla

Pop cul­ture, must you slay all the he­roes? Add Cardi B to the list of celebri­ties we love but have trou­bling in­ci­dents in their past.

The red-hot rap­per is deal­ing with a resur­faced rev­e­la­tion that she drugged and robbed men she took to ho­tels back when she was a strip­per.

She made the claim three years ago in an In­sta­gram Live ses­sion, but some­one dug up the record­ing a few days ago.

“I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to ... me?,’ ” she hollers in the video, per Hip Hop Ratchet’s In­sta­gram ac­count. “‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go back to this ho­tel.’ and I drugged [men] up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.”

Cardi B was try­ing to ex­plain that she de­served and earned her suc­cess and “noth­ing was ... handed to me.”

The video earned her a load of crit­i­cism on so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing the R.Kelly-in­vok­ing hash­tag #Sur­viv­ingCardiB. Bill Cosby’s prison-wor­thy be­hav­ior was men­tioned. Many peo­ple called out a dou­ble stan­dard, say­ing she’d be in court or prison for those ac­tions if she were a man.

At first Cardi bounced off Twit­ter for a short break, but then she went on the of­fense Tues­day, ex­plain­ing what she had said back then, what she meant and what she could do now about it.

“I talked about things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a liv­ing,” she wrote in an In­sta­gram post. “I never claim to be per­fect or some from a per­fect world wit a per­fect past I al­ways speak my truth I al­ways own my [past].”

The cul­ture she comes from – hip-hop – al­lows peo­ple to talk hon­estly about where they came from and the bad things they had to do, Cardi said, but she noted she has re­frained from fea­tur­ing those parts of her past in her mu­sic.

“There are rap­pers that glo­rify mur­der vi­o­lence drugs an rob­bing.

“Crimes they felt they had to do to sur­vive. I never even put those things in my mu­sic be­cause I’m not proud of it and feel a re­spon­si­bil­ity not to glo­rify it,” said the Gram­my­win­ning star, who has never been shy about her strip­per past.

“The men I spoke about in my live were men that I dated that I was in­volve with men that were con­scious and will­ing and aware,” she added, con­fus­ingly.

“Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to sur­vive,” she added.

“All I can do now is be a bet­ter me for my­self my fam­ily and my fu­ture,” she said in the cap­tion of the post, where, of course, the de­bate con­tin­ued in the com­ments.

Cardi B gave birth last July to a baby girl, Kul­ture, whose fa­ther is the per­former’s off-and-on hus­band, rap­per Off­set.

She’s go­ing to be writ­ing a book about her life and has been cast in the Jen­nifer Lopez movie “Hustlers,” about a group of for­mer strip club work­ers who “band to­gether to turn the ta­bles” on their rich Wall Street clients.

Cardi B says of her shady past, “I did what I had to do to sur­vive.”

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