Cardi B is a New York City-based American hip-hop artist, rapper, TV personality, and social media presence. She first received popularity online after discussing her previous life as a stripper.
She is now signed to Atlantic Records and is a very popular hip hop musician, and she recently married rapper Offset, who is a member of the hip hop group Migos.
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar was born in Manhattan on October 11, 1992, and raised in the Bronx. She is the daughter of a Dominican father and a Trinidadian mother. She has seven siblings, the most famous of whom is Hennessy Carolina.
Cardi B began stripping at the age of 19, citing it as a positive experience: “actually rescued me from a number of situations. When I began stripping, I returned to school.” She initially enrolled at Borough of Manhattan Community College before leaving out.
She coined the stage name “Cardi B” as a play on Bacardi, a rum brand that was her previous moniker. She gained prominence and popularity in 2013 when multiple recordings of her went viral on social media platforms such as the video-sharing app Vine and her Instagram profile.
Cardi B joined the cast of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: New York” in 2015, making her debut in the show’s sixth season. She amassed a sizable fan base on the show, with Jezebel naming her the sixth season’s breakout star. After two seasons, she announced her departure from the show in December 2016 to pursue her own burgeoning musical career.
Career in Music
Cardi B made her musical debut in November 2015, just before she announced her departure from “Love & Hip Hop.” She was featured alongside Jamaican dancehall musician Popcaan on Shaggy’s remix of his track “Boom Boom.” In December 2015, she released her first music video, “Cheap Ass Weave,” a cover of rapper Lady Leshurr’s “Queen’s Speech 4.”
Cardi B released her first longer project, the mixtape “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1,” in March 2016. She appeared on the 2016 compilation album “Underestimated: The Album,” which she collaborated on with fellow KSR Group artists HoodCelebrityy, SwiftOnDemand, Cashflow Harlem, and Josh X.
She was nominated for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist at the 2017 BET Awards but did not win either. However, she did perform at the BET Awards Afterparty. She later appeared on the cover of The Fader’s July/August 2017 Summer Music edition.
Cardi B became the first female rapper to reach number one with a solo single since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998 as the song progressively climbed the charts, eventually peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 2017.
“Bodak Yellow,” dubbed “the rap anthem of the summer” by an editor at The New York Times, was certified septuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It was also nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 60th Grammy Awards and won the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards’ Single of the Year.
Cardi B’s debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” was released to widespread acclaim in April 2018. Cardi B became the first female artist to chart 13 songs concurrently on the Billboard Hot 100, as each song from the album debuted on the April 21 chart. The RIAA certified it double platinum in October 2018.
Time and Rolling Stone magazines both voted “Invasion of Privacy” the year’s finest album, and Time also selected Cardi B to its annual list of the world’s 100 most important people.
Cardi B’s Net Worth
Cardi B is a rapper, producer, reality television star, activist, and businesswoman from the United States. Cardi B’s net worth is $40 million as of this writing. Cardi originally rose to prominence as a Vine and Instagram personality. She was a regular cast member of the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: New York” from 2015 to 2017.
Cardi B’s career was catapulted into orbit in 2017 because of the success of her track “Bodak Yellow.” That single was certified diamond. She is the only female rapper who has ever had a song certified diamond by the RIAA. Her 2018 studio album “Invasion of Privacy” smashed several streaming records, went triple platinum, and earned Cardi a Grammy for Best Rap Album.
When and How Did Cardi B Become So Well Know?
Cardi B first gained notoriety on social media in 2013, when her Instagram and Vine (RIP) videos became popular while she was still a stripper. She was cast in VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York because of her humorous nature. She was the biggest breakout star on the reality series, which aired from 2015 to 2017, and the show tracked her attempts to break into the music industry.
Cardi B made her rap debut on Shaggy’s “Boom Boom” featuring Popcaan in November 2015. She released her first music video for “Cheap A** Weave” a month later. Cardi’s distinctive sense of humor was evident in the lyrics and video, propelling her to superstardom. Her first mixtape, Gangsta B—h Music, Vol. 1, was released in March 2016.
She announced her departure from Love & Hip Hop in December 2016, stating that there was no animosity between them and that she had chosen to focus on her rap career over reality stardom. Cardi B and Gabrielle Union co-starred in an episode of Being Mary Jane in January 2017, and she released her second mixtape, Gangsta B—h Music, Vol. 2.
She traveled with fellow New York rap legends The Lox, Lil’ Kim, and Remy Ma the same year. Cardi B was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards in June 2017, and she released the tune that would make her a mainstream megastar, “Bodak Yellow,” and the rest is history.
Cardi B began dating rapper Offset of the hip hop trio Migos openly in early 2017. The couple announced their engagement publicly in October of that year, following Offset’s proposal at the Power 99 Powerhouse concert.
TMZ claimed in 2018 that their marriage license suggests the couple married secretly in September 2017. Cardi B followed up with a social media confirmation of this information. In July 2018, she gave birth to their daughter.
Residential Real Estate
The couple purchased a $5.79 million mansion in Buckhead, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, in December 2019. They purchased the mansion for $5.5 million. The mansion was advertised for $10 million in 2017.
Cardi B filed for divorce from Offset on September 15, 2020. Cardi requested primary physical custody of their daughter Kulture, child support, and an equitable division of assets due to the absence of a pre-nuptial agreement. They were already divorced at the time the filing was made.