2017 has been Cardi B‘s most lucrative years to date.
Having already nabbed the #1 spot on the Billboard charts (knocking perpetual victim and Whitesplainer, Taylor Swift off the top spot), being the star attraction at this year’s NYFW and some mega collaborations, she’s also the cover of Rolling Stone’s “The Hot Issue.”
Cardi B is butt-naked in the doorway of her hotel bathroom, yelling about her vagina. On a mid-October evening, she’s readying herself for a college show in Baltimore, and the toiletries provided by the hotel aren’t to her liking. “That soap gave me the yeast infection of 2017!” she hollers in her thick Bronx accent. “My pussy was burnin’ like a Mexican taco!”
It takes all of 10 seconds in Cardi B’s presence to be reminded of the sheer force and hilarity of her personality. Simply being Cardi B, at maximum volume, made her a star – first on Instagram, then on the VH1 reality show Love & Hip-Hop: New York – before she’d recorded any music at all, let alone knocked Taylor Swift from the top of the pop charts with the sly swagger of her single “Bodak Yellow.” She is the people’s diva – or “the strip-club Mariah Carey,” as she once rapped – unfiltered in a way the world often doesn’t allow female stars to be. In a culture reshaped by streaming and social media, where the kids, without much corporate nudging, get to decide who the stars are, Cardi B is what you get.
Even with all of her accomplishments, Cardi B is still a divisive commodity within the culture of Hip-Hop. What cannot be questioned is her drive, her hustle, and her star appeal. It’s refreshing to have such an honest, open and unapologetically Black artist like her in the mainstream.
We wish her many, many more victories for the future!
You can read the full interview with Rolling Stone by clicking here.