Friday 4 December, 2020

Cardi B makes money moves to Billboard's number one

Cardi B has stomped her red bottom shoes all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. 

And in doing so, the Bronx rapper who has a Trinidadian mother and Dominican father, has become the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill in 1998 to make it to number one without a credited supporting act. 

Cardi B, real name Belcalis Almanzar, a former Love and Hip Hop cast member, released her hit song Bodak Yellow on the KSR Group/Atlantic Records. 

According to Billboard, Cardi B  is only the fifth female rapper ever to lead the Hot 100 at all.

"After Hill, Lil' Kim ruled for five weeks in 2001 with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk on "Lady Marmalade"; Shawnna reigned as featured on Ludacris' "Stand Up," which topped the December 6, 2003, chart; and Iggy Azalea's introductory Hot 100 hit, "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, led for seven weeks in 2014" said the article. 

Cardi B, 24,  is also the first female soloist to top the Hot 100 with a debut track unaccompanied by another artist since Meghan Trainor, whose "All About That Bass" led for eight weeks beginning September 20, 2014.

An Instagram star who found international fame on VH1's Love and Hip Hop, Cardi B has worked as a stripper, a fact that she raps about in her hit song. 

Bodak Yellow was inspired by the slow flow on rapper Kodak Black's  "No Flockin'"  song. The name of the song is a play on the name Kodak Black. 

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