I know that I am once again late on my advent, but there was a huge fucking blizzard here yesterday and my power was gone, so this really isn’t my fault! But anyway, today I would like to pay tribute to the Cinderella of 2017: Cardi B.
Cardi B made it all the way to the top of the charts (the first female hip hop artist to do so without it being a feature since Lauryn Hill back in the 90s!) without huge label backing.
The majority of the big artists we hear reaching the top of the charts these days are artists who are heavily backed by labels and management teams and major producers, writers, and image makers. It’s kind of hard to fail when you’ve got that much power working to make you successful.
Cardi B, on the other hand, just had her mixtapes, but somehow managed to take her hit song “Bodak Yellow” all the way to #1, knocking the Queen of contrived, pre-packaged, industry-backed music, Taylor Swift, off the top of the charts.
There’s been many Nicki Minaj comparisons, but I don’t think that’s even remotely fair. Nicki didn’t hit it big until she had major players like Lil’ Wayne backing her. Nicki’s voice is also annoying af and she denies all her obvious af plastic surgery.
Cardi B, on the other hand, is blatantly herself. She’s super open about her stripper past and getting her ass and tits done because it would make her more money. While Nicki Minaj tries to present a shameless image, Cardi B is genuinely shameless and I fucking love it.
Plus, “Bodak Yellow” is catchy af and if you don’t follow Cardi on Instagram you definitely should because she is mega adorable and I hope we get many more hits from her in 2018!