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23 Times Cardi B Gave Some Serious Life Advice

From stripper to reality TV star to chart-topping rapper, Cardi B has enough life experience to dish some hard truths.  Famous for telling it how it is, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar AKA Bacardi AKA Cardi B is a quote minefield. But it’s not all feuds and celebrity gossip. Cardi B has some serious life advice if you look past the Twitter rants and media hype. Keep scrolling to read some serious gems from the mouth of this Bronx raised star.

“I’m my own competition. I’m competing with myself.”

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How profound is this? When we compete with others, we end up jealous and resentful. When we compete with ourselves, we make ourselves better every day.

“Knock me down 9 times, but I get up 10.”

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Cardi B knows a thing or two about setbacks. This positive attitude is one worth adopting in all walks of life. Just keep getting up again.

“Stop finding excuses for my success.”

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Some people will always be jealous. Cardi B reminds us that our achievements are our own and we should be proud of them.

“I love ASMR. My husband thinks it’s very strange and weird that I watch ASMR every single day to go to bed.”

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Cardi B became an asmrtist for a day and helped fans in the process. ASMR videos use soft sounds to create a tingling sensation which many people find relaxing. One Instagram fan told Cardi B that her ASMR video had helped with her insomnia.

“I’m the artist, but I don’t feel like I have a higher position than anybody that’s working for me.”

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Cardi gives us all a lesson in humility and respecting those you work with.

“I am not your property. This is my life.”

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Although Cardi was referring to her decision to stay with husband Offset after allegations of cheating, this quote applies in many situations. Never let anyone control who you are. Be like Cardi and stop caring what everyone thinks.

“Having a number one song makes me happy—but working for it makes me really happy.”

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Fame and fortune are great, but knowing how you got there is even better. Cardi reminds us to enjoy the journey, not just the destination.

“If I change myself, then I’m going to lose myself, and I won’t be who makes me happy.”

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When we change for other people, we aren’t being true to ourselves. Cardi hits the nail on the head again when she realizes we have to avoid changing for others in order to be happy.

“I don’t want any ‘friends’ who fall silent during my success.”

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Cardi reminds us that fair-weather friends aren’t really friends at all. Jealousy is always ugly.

“…why can’t I have both? Why do I have to choose a baby or a career?”

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In response to haters saying she was throwing her career away for a kid, Cardi claps back that any woman can have both.

“I want a lit baby shower. My baby shower’s not starting at no 5:00.”

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Why do we have baby showers at kid-friendly times? They’re not for the kids. They’re for the grownups. And grownups want to have fun! Cardi B’s late-night baby shower is a reminder to have fun while you can.

“I don’t want to miss one second. I don’t want to miss no smiles, I don’t want to miss no new movement, I don’t want the baby to confuse me and the babysitter.”

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Cardi talks about wanting to be the best mom she can be, and reminds all parents and parents-to-be how precious every moment is. Every second counts when you have kids.

“…when I see my daughter, it’s like a peace of mind. ‘Ahh, I do this because of you.’ It cracks a smile on the most stressful days.”

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Cardi muses that children change everything and give new purpose to life.

“It’s like everybody always talking about there’s someone got a problem with me, or somebody always saying that I’m pregnant every two weeks, so it’s just like, if y’all wanna know, ask me. I’ll tell you.”

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That’s right. If you want to know what’s going on in someone’s life, just ask them. Don’t wait for gossip and rumor. They always cause trouble.

“You better realize your worth and stop settling for bare minimum.”

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We all need to realize we are special and worthy of love. Thanks Cardi.

“I’m not even the king of New York. I am the Emperor!”

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Wearing a lampshade as a crown, Cardi B proves that she’s always ready for fun, and that royalty isn’t quite good enough for her. Don’t be the king, don’t be a queen. Be the emperor!

 “I’m the rose that came from the concrete.”

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Great things often have humble beginnings. Cardi proves again and again that you can be successful no matter where you started.

“I got options, but I want who I want.”

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We don’t get to choose who we love, and Cardi shut the mouths of haters by pointing out that we’ve all got to make our own choices when it comes to relationships.

“…other people, you don’t know what type of things are happening in their relationship.”

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Cardi advises everyone to keep their noses out of other people’s relationships and stop judging. What’s right for one couple doesn’t work for every couple.

“…just do what your heart feel like doing.”

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In this relationship advice to Khloé Kardashian, Cardi lets us all know it’s OK to follow your heart.

“I only know my struggle.”

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Don’t judge others on what they’re going through. You only know your pain; that doesn’t mean others aren’t struggling too.

“Let’s keep it positive and keep it pushing!”

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Cardi’s response to Nicki Minaj’s apparent desire to drop their feud is inspiring. How many of us are willing to let things go and keep moving forward with a positive attitude?

“People always want to tell you how to do it—no, do it your way”

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The final word from Cardi B: sure, listen to advice, but ultimately no one can tell you how to live your life. Always do things the way that works for you. We look forward to more nuggets of wisdom from Cardi!

The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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¡Mi gente! Your faves could never. Latin music domination continues around the world with the top spots of global streaming platforms being stacked with Latinx artists. What a time to be alive. Remember when we all had to pretend Drake was Dominican to get some kind of representation out here? But when you think about the sheer number of people on the planet that speak Spanish, it totally makes sense that Latinx artists would have such a massive reach. 

And let’s be real, while fluency helps, you really don’t have to be proficient to enjoy reggaeton. The energetic, pulsating beats can compel anyone to move. Do you really think everyone in the United States knew the English translation of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” in order to enjoy it? Music transcends language and so does Colombian trap artist J Balvin apparently. Do you think anyone even noticed that the lyrics in “Harlem Shake” are largely in Spanish? Nope. 

J Balvin is here to stay.

For six consecutive weeks, J Balvin has chopped the global charts on YouTube. That’s a total of 1.26 billion views on the platform. 

“Artista más visto en YouTube Global,” Balvin wrote in an Instagram caption.

This comes as no surprise to Balvin fans. In 2018, Balvin ousted drake as the most-streamed artist worldwide on Spotify. The singer surpassed 48 million monthly listeners last summer thanks to his single “X” with Nicky Jam which streamed over 327 million times. Balvin is in great company on the global charts with Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna all in the top 10. The trio’s single “China” with Anuel AA and Karol G is currently number 1 on the YouTube global charts and number 2 in the United States chart. However, we’re pleased to note that “Señorita” by Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes is topping the charts in the states. 

Balvin shouts out his Latinx fans. 

“Artista más escuchado en el mundo en @spotify posición #1 que celebro con todos mis latinos y los soñadores. Gracias Gracias Gracias,” Balvin wrote in the caption. 

Our boy is famous basically everywhere?

The top countries streaming Balvin’s music are Mexico with 240 million views, Argentina with 121 million views, and Colombia with 121 million views. The United States is in fourth place with 112 million views, followed by Spain, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, and Venezuela. But fear not, Balvin has fans in at least 100 different countries according to YouTube. 

We stan a humble king of the masses!

Like, literally could you imagine how this level of adoration and attention would completely warp your mind? I would be a monster. I would build a house out of fan mail and then set it ablaze just to laugh at my stupid fans. I’d have so many, who cares! Meanwhile, the artist, who typically regales his followers with personal messages on Instagram every morning at 5 a.m., knows how to connect with his fans. Balvin even served ordinary people from a coffee cart in New York City the other day. 

“Buenos días , buenos días , buenos días !!!!! ARCOÍRIS TOUR empieza 30 de Agosto en Puerto Rico !! Choliseo,” he wrote on Instagram. 

 We stan a humble king of the masses!

This isn’t the first Latin wave (and it won’t be the last).

In the 1990s, the late and great Selena catapulted Tejano and Cumbia music into the mainstream American consciousness. This ushered in the era of the “Latin Explosion” where legends were born. Ricky Martin, Thalía, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer Lopez made their marks. Hell, even Frank Sinatra personally invited Luis Miguel to record a duet of “Come Fly With Me” on his 1994 album Duets II. 

In the 2000s, there was the “Latin Pop Boom” that saw the likes of Shakira, Paulina Rubio, and Christina Aguilera topping the charts. You may even remember non-Latinx artists trying to ride the wave with Beyoncé collaborating with Shakira on the duet, “Beautiful Liar,” and releasing a Spanish language version of the single “Irreplaceable.” It almost feels odd to call these decades different waves or eras when it is pretty clear Latinxs have been consistently rocking the charts since Gloria Estefan in the 1980s. Since then, in the United States, we have been blessed with many more Latinx acts including the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Becky G, and Cardi B. And of course, there are all the amazing imports from Latinx countries around the world. If we want to continue this Latinx chart domination, I only have one piece of advice: stream “China” by J. Balvin on YouTube and Spotify!

Sparking Tequila: It Better Be On The Menu At Your Next Pool Party Or I’m Not Going

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Sparking Tequila: It Better Be On The Menu At Your Next Pool Party Or I’m Not Going

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Summer 2019 is officially the summer carbonation took over the hearts and minds of the the adult beverage industry. Natty Light, PBR, Four Loko, and practically any alcohol company with a pulse who can make and bottle boozy seltzer jumped on a train that continues to bubble out of control.

The next phase of the sparkling beverage boom: Sparkling tequila.

LA-based Pure Azul just announced that it will be rolling out Azulana sparkling tequila this week in California, producing the first and only beverage on the market made with 100% blue agave tequila and sparkling soda.

Crafted in Jalisco, Mexico, it comes canned in three flavors: Original (… tequila-flavored sparkling soda), Lime, and Pineapple Rosemary. Azulana sparkling tequila will be released in 12-oz. cans, containing 4.3% ABV with 145 calories.

In other words, the legit perfect drink for summer. You just may want to break out some sal y limon to fully enjoy it. 

The three flavors are each unique and, not gonna lie, sound straight up tasty.

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According to the company’s website, the “Original” flavor goes down smooth with a “lightly sweet” and “slightly tart” taste.

The “Pineapple Rosemary,” meanwhile, boasts a fruity, herbal flavor somewhat reminiscent of flowers, while the “Lime” option is zesty and tropical.

Sparkling tequila is the the latest in a total takeover of the alcoholic beverage industry by sparkly, bubbly bebidas. 

Clearly, Azulana looks to capitalize on two glaring beverage industry trends: The proliferation of sparkling hard seltzer and the continued success of tequila, which Azulana notes “continues to thrive.” In 2017, for example, the US saw an 8.5% increase in tequila liter sales over the previous year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

In a press release, Katie Pittman, Head of Sales and Marketing at Pure Azul notes, “Our goal is to help others understand that tequila isn’t just enjoyed during a wild night out – with Azulana, it can truly be enjoyed during all occasions – anywhere, anytime.”

It’s also good timing – tequila sales are up up up across the US. 

It may not seem like it to those of us who regularly order the Patron or some Cuervo when we having a party, but it’s true. Tequila sales are booming in the US. In 2017, for example, tequila sales were up 8.5% from the year before. 

So if there was ever a time to enter the tequila business – it would be now. Make them coins. 

The grand unveiling was August 22nd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

And, of course, it made its debut at a Rolling Stones concert. Because I guess tequila and Stones go together like…sal y limon? 

But don’t worry if you didn’t make it to that concert. You won’t have to wait long. The sparking tequila beverage will be available at Bristol Farms supermarkets in Southern California from August 28th before expanding to other markets and regions from then. 

While some seemed to at least be open to the idea…

I mean, it all really depends on your feelings towards sparkling drinks to begin with. If you’re already a fan, then sparkling tequila isn’t too much of a stretch. 

Mexicans were openly skeptical.

But let’s note, many on Latino Twitter basically said they were simultaneously fascinated and disgusted by the idea of sparkling tequila.

And a few people pointed out that summer is nearly over. 

But if you have sparking tequila at your house…is summer ever really over? I don’t think so. 

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