Cardi B

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Cardi B
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Cardi B in 2019
Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar

(1992-10-11) October 11, 1992 (age 28)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • television personality
Years active2015–present
Spouse(s)Offset (m. 2017; sep. 2020)
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Associated actsOffset

Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar[1] (born October 11, 1992), known by her stage name Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and television personality. She is known for her breakout single, "Bodak Yellow", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in 2017. She became only the second female rapper to reach number one without a featured artist since Lauryn Hill with "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in 1998. Almanzar also has appeared on the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York.

On January 2, 2018, Billboard announced that Cardi became only the third artist in history to have their first three singles in the top ten at the same time, with the songs "Bodak Yellow", "MotorSport", and "No Limit". The first two artists to do so were the Beatles and Ashanti.[2]

For the week ending July 14, 2018, Cardi's single "I Like It" reached the number-one position of the Billboard Hot 100, making her the only female rapper with two chart-toppers on the Hot 100.[3] A remix of "Girls like You" by the band Maroon 5, featuring Cardi, also reached number one on the Hot 100.[4]

Her first album, Invasion of Privacy, was released on April 6, 2018. Cardi B says that her music is a representation of what she would like to listen to. The album won Cardi her first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.[5]

She released the single "Press" on May 31, 2019.[6] On August 7, 2020, she released "WAP" featuring rapper Megan Thee Stallion.[7] It entered at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cardi's fourth chart-topper in the US.[8] On March 22, 2021, after entering at number two, her song "Up" became Cardi's fifth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, extending her record for most chart-toppers by a female rapper.[9]

She is known for her outspoken, outlandish personality. She started going viral on Instagram and social media in 2014 when she was stripping.

Early life and career[change | change source]

Almanzar was born on October 11, 1992, in The Bronx, New York. Her mother was a cashier, and her father was a taxi driver in New York City.[10] She has a sister named Hennessy.[11]In a video with GQ, she says that the name Hennessy comes from when her mother gave birth and her father walked into the hospital room and told them that he had just been drinking Hennesy and he really likes the name. They all agreed that that was good name, hence the name Hennesy. Her family contains Dominican and Trinidadian ancestry. Almanzar worked as an exotic dancer since the age of 19. She has released two mixtapes, Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1 and Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2.[12] Following the release of these records, Almanzar signed with Atlantic Records. She was a stripper and would drug and rob men to survive.[13] She’s of Dominican descent.

Personal life[change | change source]

Cardi B's stage name comes from the rum Bacardi. In 2015, She was dating Power 105.1 FM‘s DJ Self. Nicki Minaj accused her of sleeping with DJs. On October 27, 2017, she became engaged at a concert in Philadelphia to rapper Offset, a member of the hip hop group Migos.[10] In 2018, they briefly broke up due to a video surfacing of him cheating on her. On September 15, 2020, it was announced that Almanzar had filed for divorce from Offset.[14]

Almanzar later revealed that she and Offset had secretly married in Atlanta on September 20, 2017. Their daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, was born July 10, 2018.[15]

In October 2017, it was announced that Kevin Brophy, featured on the cover of Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1, intended to sue Almanzar and her management team for $5 million, claiming that the rapper used his likeness without his permission.[16]

Discography[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

Year Single US US
2017 "Bodak Yellow" 1 1 1 24 6 33 9 24 71 74 70 81 Invasion of Privacy [17][18][19][20]
"MotorSport" (with Migos and Nicki Minaj) 6 3 3 49 12 54 73 Culture II [21][22]
"No Limit" (G-Eazy featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B) 4 2 2 45 7 43 12 60 63 21 57 54 The Beautiful & Damned
"Bartier Cardi" (featuring 21 Savage) 14 7 6 40 18 58 79 196 76 Invasion of Privacy
"La Modelo" (Ozuna featuring Cardi B) 52 84 [23]
2018 "Finesse (Remix)" (Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B) 3 1 5 3 9 8 26 30 2 14 62 29 9 17 24K Magic [24]
"Be Careful" 11 8 6 24 24 39 154 Invasion of Privacy [25][26][27]
"I Like It" (with Bad Bunny and J Balvin) 1 1 1 12 16 31 41 11 39 78 20 31 39 [28]

Albums[change | change source]

Released Title US US
April 6, 2018 Invasion of Privacy 1 1 1 5 1 6 10 43 2 7 37 20 113 7 [29][30]

Mixtapes[change | change source]

  • Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1
  • Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2

Filmography[change | change source]

Film + TV
Year Title Role Notes
2015–2017 Love & Hip Hop: New York Herself Reality television series about musicians working in the world of hip hop music
2016 Kocktails with Khloé Herself Celebrity guest star, episode 1.12: "Khloé Kardashian Spills the Tea"
2017 Being Mary Jane Mercedes Guest star episode 4.03: "Getting Real"
2018 Saturday Night Live Herself Musical guest, episode: "Chadwick Boseman/ Cardi B" (aired April 7, 2018)
2019 Rhythm + Flow Herself Judge, upcoming Netflix musical talent show
Hustlers Diamond Feature film debut, playing Diamond, a stripper alongside Jennifer Lopez
Untold Stories of Hip Hop Herself Reality musical show, episodes: "Cardi B & Snoop Dogg" (S01E01), "A$AP Rocky & Nelly" (S01E04)
2021 F9 Leysa Ninth film of the Fast & Furious film franchise, post-production
TBA World's Most Dangerous TBA Upcoming action project

References[change | change source]

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  7. "WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) - Single by Cardi B". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-09-18. no-break space character in |website= at position 6 (help)
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  15. "Baby Bardi Is Here! Cardi B and Offset Welcome Daughter Kulture Kiari". Retrieved 2018-07-12.
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