Former stripper, rapper, songwriter and social media personality, Belcalis Almanzar, also known as Cardi B, became the first person of Dominican descent to reach number one in the history of the Hot 100 since 1958. Cardi B was born and raised in The Bronx and is of Dominican and Trinidadian descent. In 2017, her most famous single to date, “Bodak Yellow,” was an instant hit and climbed to the top spot of the Billboard 100 in late September.
Jasmine Campuzano ’20 finds Cardi B’s rise to fame inspiring. “Her personality is definitely refreshing when she performs or even talks in a talk show. As an artist, I support her and will continue to listen to her music. I think she plays a great role in empowering girls and future generations,” said Campuzano. Having a female rapper like Cardi B in the music industry serves as a great influence for younger generations.
Although she is criticized for her unfiltered personality, vulgar language and lack of professionalism, there are many things that make her shine as the star she is. Cardi B serves as a role model to many girls and aspiring female rappers. As a person that grew up in The Bronx, she represents the determination and ambition of both Latinos and blacks. “A lot of girls, they cannot afford red bottoms, a lot of girls they cannot afford foreign cars . . . but I know that every girl has beef with a girl . . . I know that every girl don’t like some girl, and it’s like, ‘That’s what I wanna rap about,’” said Cardi B about her music. Samuel Dudley ’18 is a fan of Cardi B and her music. “I think she is killing it in the music industry. Her weirdness attracts me to her songs, and her songs always go hard,” said Dudley. I think she is a “hood chick” who is not afraid to be “hood,” no matter the setting. That is why she resonates with people, and the same energy comes out in her music.