In an interview with XXL Magazine, we get an in-depth look at Cardi B and her rise to popularity that have included her music, acting career, and viewpoints in life.
On April 6, 2018, Cardi B was introduced to the hip-hop world with her debut album Invasion of Privacy. Since then the star has been known to rise exponentially. Instantly with her album and her 2017 song “Bodak Yellow” rose her stardom when her album went diamond. With this success, she became one of the first highest-certified female rappers.
Since then Cardi B is known to be a very active artist. She has acted in various films like Hustler. She was also a judge on the Netflix show Rhythm + Flow. She is also known to have collaborated with other famous artists. The included artists are Bad Bunny, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, and even most recently with Magan Thee Stallion and their single “WAP.”
The XXL interview is headed by Vanessa Satten. During this they begin discussing her photoshoot choice for the recent magazine which included a balcony scenery, explaining that she is now trusted and professional enough to control her own shoots.
She then discusses the lessons she has learned ever since her rise to stardom. While she discusses that her finances are now in good shape it took a lot for her to get to where she is. She made various mistakes in her finances that while she earned money, she did not earn as much as other companies may make off of her.
To give advice to those who want to start in the industry she says that you need to do your research. To learn the business and learn what you are worth.
She states, “ For example, sometimes I feel like a company might see, you know, a girl like me, a colored girl like me. I’m a colored girl and I’m from the ’hood and shit. And they might be like, “Oh, we could offer her a $2 million advance.” And the company is gonna make out of you, probably fucking $50 million, $100 million. And you settle for $2 million because they think that you’re so thirsty for that money that they just gonna give you the $2 million.”
Whether it is race or gender she explains the hardship she had to go through to get her where she is today and still she wonders if there is more. She has learned to be smart with her money and her expenses and those who are coming up or are up in stardom need to learn their worth as well. She has had help from lawyers and Offset, letting her know she deserves her earnings.
In this interview, she approves of being called a female rapper. While that is not the only thing she wants to be known as. She also wants to be known as the billionaire or the woman who has helped other talented female rappers be identified and exposed to the public. She disapproves of putting both artists against each other instead praises them for their skills and talent.
The interview is both wonderful and extensive and if you’d like to read more you can read it here.