Some say success came too easy for her
Cardi B was gaining fame and notoriety online long before she launched her music career. She built a big following by age 18 dancing in clubs in New York. After racking up hundreds of thousands of followers on Vine and Instagram, she hired a social media manager who convinced her to start rapping.
According to Fader, her manager noted that “her speaking style in certain scenarios—like when she yelled at a dude on the phone, for example—were proof of a unique voice.” Cardi B remixed her life experiences into tracks and released her first freestyle right before she joined the Season 6 cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop New York. The breakout star of the show, her hilarious gifs and memes spread like wildfire, and it wasn’t long before the series became her launching pad for international acclaim.
While plenty of rappers struggle to make it big in the industry, some say Cardi B had it easy. According to Fader, “Many people—fans and industry—treat her like a dilettante” who didn’t pay her dues. That assessment isn’t lost on the young star. “And then I gotta tell myself, Stop feeling guilty. You worked for this,” she told the magazine. “When I was a stripper, I used to strip like six nights a week. I used to bust my a**. And I didn’t stop [working]. Until today I work just as hard as I did before.”
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She’s a musical chameleon
Despite releasing songs with catchy lyrics and head-bobbing beats, critics have accused her of stealing other rappers’ flows. Her most popular hit, “Bodak Yellow,” was reportedly inspired by Kodak Black’s 2014 track, “No Flockin.”
When confronted with such allegations, Cardi B has had no problem fessing up to biting the style of other popular artists. During one of her shows, the rapper made it clear she doesn’t care if people think she copied Kodak or Meek Mill or Migos. “So what b**ch? So what?” she told the crowd (via Billboard.) “I’ma sound like all your favorite rappers. I’ma take all they flows and I’ma body it b**ch.”
This leaves many to wonder if she’ll continue to be successful despite her admitted lack of originality.
She loves to call out her enemies
Playing nice isn’t on her agenda. While some new artists go out of their way to make sure everyone likes them, Cardi B is the exact opposite.
There have been longstanding rumors that she had beef with Nicki Minaj, though both emcees have denied any bad blood between them.
One feud Cardi B will speak to involves an unnamed person who never liked her but suddenly wanted to be her BFF. As the rapper took the stage at the MoMA PS1 Warm Up event in August 2017, she unleashed an expletive-filled rant to let the mystery woman know they would never be friends.