She’s an award winner, record seller, no-filter rapper. Cardi B is well respected within the industry, but just how well do you know her?
Here are 20 things you need to know about the rapper.
Belcalis Almanzar is her real name
Not a name you hear everyday, Cardi B goes by the name Belcalis Almanzar which are Spanish translations of Arabic words. The first is thought to be in reference to the Queen of Sheba while the second can be loosely translated as ‘Watchtower’
She’s From the Bronx
Cardi B is proud of her roots and gladly embraces her South-Bronx heritage. “I wouldn’t be able to rap about the things that I rap about now [if I hadn’t grown up there].” she said in an interview.
Cardi B is derived from a Popular Alcoholic Beverage
Cardi’s stage name actually comes from the drink, Bacardi. She said in an interview that when she was younger her sister was called Hennessy, “So everyone used to call me Bacardi, and I started calling myself Bacardi,”
Cardi’s mom hails from Trinidad while her father is from the Dominican Republic. Her neighbourhood was also filled with Latino giving her a rather interesting upbringing.
She Worked In an Amish Market
She used to earn about $250 a week while working at an Amish Market in TriBeCa as a teenager an experience which taught her a lot.
Cardi Used to be A Stripper
This isn’t so much of a surprise to many, but what many might not know is that it was after being fired from a job at a deli that her manager said to her, ‘You’re so pretty, you got a nice body,’ he then suggested that she strip at the strip club across the street. Guess what…
She Lied About her Job to Her Mom
She didn’t want her mom to find out what she was doing, so she lied that she was babysitting. In an interview with Khloe kardashian in 2016, she recalled telling her mom: ‘Mom, these white people are so rich, and they just want me to take care of their kids,
“‘They’re like eight and nine and I help them with their homework, and they pay me like $100 a day.’ And she was like: ‘Oh my gosh, that’s amazing.'”
The Money From Stripping Helped Her Get Out Of An Abusive Relationship
Cardi B said in an interview that the money she got from stripping helped her get out of an abusive relationship. “I was living with my boyfriend who was beating my ass,” she said in the interview and the stripping money was what she used to leave him.
She’s Had Surgery Done
Cardi hasn’t been shy to talk about her experience with Plastic Surgery and she has had work done, the first when she was just 19 in the hopes that it would help her stripping career.
Stripping Helped Start Her Rap Career
Just as Stripping helped her get out of an abusive relationship, it also helped her invest in her first mixtape which was where her rap career started from.
Cardi B was a Reality Star
Before the success of Bodak Yellow and all the fame, Cardi used to star on VH1’s ‘Love and Hip-hop.’ She was on the show for two seasons before leaving to pursue her career.
Cardi Used to Be a Viner
Vine might be dead, but it was responsible for the rise of many stars including Jake and Logan Paul, Caleb City and even Cardi B. She made a vine which got millions of views and went viral.
Bodak Yellow was a History Maker
Bodak Yellow was a success, everyone knows that. What people might not realize is just how successful it was. Soaring to the top of the Billboard 100 charts, Cardi B also became the first solo female rapper to have a number one hit since Lauryn Hill in 1998.
Cardi B Mentiones Beyoncé a LOT On her Invasion of Privacy Album
Cardi mentioned Beyoncé a lot on her ‘Invasion of Privacy’ album. How much? EVERY 12 MINUTES! as calculated by Bustle.
She Idolizes Madonna
Apart from Beyoncé, Cardi also has a lot of love for Madonna stating in an Instagram post once,
“I can’t even believe I performed at her event and it was the most meaningful performance ever,” she said.
“I grew up with my mom listening to Madonna for hours,
“I performed ‘Material Girl’ freshman year in high school, listen to her on all my photo shoots to have super confidence and always mentioned her in my interviews. The best part about it is she was everything i thought she would be a liberal kickass feminist bitch. I’m so happy.”
Her First Music Video was ‘Cheap Ass Weave’
Back in 2015, Cardi released her first music video which was for her song, ‘Cheap Ass Weave.’ The video saw the rapper getting her nails done in a salon.
She helped Boost Her Dentists’s Business
Cardi B was good to her dentist, shouting out the doctor in ‘Bodak Yellow’ with the line, “Got a bag and fixed my teeth,” this led to people calling up the doctor and the doctor admitting that business has tripled since then.
She And Bruno Mars Decided to do ‘Finesse’ Together Immediately After They met
Cardi wasted no time jumping on Bruno Mars’ song ‘Finesse’ almost immediately after they met with Mars revealing this in an Instagram post which he captioned:”I met Cardi B at 3 am after my show in LA backstage where we recorded her verse for Finesse. She walked in the room and she was everything I’d hope she’d be. Never change Cardi!”
She’s a Political Science Nerd
Nerd is not normally a term you’ll associate with Cardi, but that’s exactly what she is. She once admitted that she’s ‘Obsessed with presidents’ and while speaking to GQ magazine, waxed lyrical about F.D. Roosevelt, “He helped us get over the Depression, all while he was in a wheelchair. Like, this man was suffering from polio at the time of his presidency, and yet all he was worried about was trying to make America great—make America great again for real. He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.” she said.
She Wasn’t Initially Into Offset
While she mentions Offset on songs now with reckless abandon, that wasn’t the case at first as she thought he was only interested in sex. However, as it turns out, he was really into her and the two started dating in 2017 and are now married and have a daughter together.