Cardi B’s biography reads almost like a typical “American way of life” story. However, her professional career did not begin as a dishwasher, but as a stripper. The end as a successful rapper and millionaire fits the cliché again.
She was born Belcalis Almanzar in 1992 and grew up in the Bronx, New York. Her parents come from the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. Incidentally, she owes her name to her father’s fondness for high-proof drinks. While her sister Hennessy officially bears the name of the famous cognac, Cardi B is merely a nickname derived from the drink brand Bacardi.
As a child, she spent a lot of time with her grandmother, from whom she also inherited the strong accent. Her life as a teenager and young adult is always accompanied by unsteady jumps. She attends the Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology as a teenager intermittently but not with any consistency. At times, she also works in a supermarket. This is her last job before she starts as a stripper. She justifies the step into this shady milieu with the fact that it was a way for her to escape her domestic and financial misery.
Her musical career gets rolling in 2016 and leads her very quickly far up. Already in May 2017 she was awarded at the BET AWARDS as best newcomer and best female hip-hop artist. The real commercial success was then also not long in coming. With the single “Bodak Yellow” she reached number one on the Billboard 100 in the USA and increasing attention in other countries.
In the meantime, she has completely established herself at the top of the rap charts and is one of the most successful artists in the scene worldwide. This is impressively proven by the success of her studio album “Invasion of Privacy” released in 2018. With it, she set a new chart record and replaced Beyoncé from the top. All 14 tracks from the album were simultaneously listed in the top 50 of the American Billboard streaming charts.
Such big hits in such a short time and in such a concentration no other artist could show so far. This clearly proves that a look at the ten best songs of the artist is always worthwhile.