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Rapper Cardi B is celebrated after her first smash hit, “Bodak Yellow,” reached one billion views on Youtube.
“fifteen thousand dollars, A billion views later !!!!! Wow that’s crazy ! Super dope .Thank you all for all the support through out the years….. Back to the lab. Love & appreciate y’all,” she said sharing a screenshot of the Youtube.
Cardi B made history with the 2017 single when she became the first female rapper to achieve an RIAA Diamond certification (10x Platinum) certification — selling 10 million copies.
“I guess men and women like it,” she told RAP RADAR that year. “There’s a lot of records that I do but it attracts the women more. It’s really hard to get respect from the men. Men are the hardest critics on me when it comes to music, when it comes to myself, especially music. It’s just they’re starting to believe.”
Cardi also shared how important it is for an artist to move with the times.
“As an artist, I challenge myself every single day because when I started doing the music, I had one style of music. If you listen to my music, I’m not really a person that like melody a lot. I’m just not a melodic person. I have to challenge myself to adapt on the new sound,” she says.
“Like a lot of rappers from New York, they don’t want to change their sound. How y’all rap is respected, y’all got lyrics and everything but it’s not what’s selling and you gotta do what sells. Everybody wanna stick to what they believe in but it’s like what you believe in sometimes is not gonna make the money. And I don’t care what I gotta do or what I gotta change. I want to make the money. I want to be on top. I will study until I get it right, until I get that hit that’s gonna take me where I wanna go,” Cardi adds.
The single is not her only record-breaking release.
Cardi’s 2020 single “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion was certified Platinum five times over in March.
Cardi is the female rapper with the most No. 1 singles in Hot 100 history, the first female rapper to have a No. 1 hit in two different decades, and the first female solo artist to win the Grammy for Best Rap Album.