Entertainment

Cardi B’s Apology Isn’t Cutting It For Most Folks

If you’re reading this, it’s either because you love Cardi B or you hate Cardi B. There isn’t a gray area for most folks when it comes to the breakout Grammy award-winning Afro-Latina rapper. Cardi B always “keeps it real” with her fans. She’s been open about her past as a stripper, the plastic surgery work she’s had to advance her career, and how she made it out of the gangs.

This week, an Instagram live stream video from three years ago resurfaced of the rapper possibly confessing to troubling crimes to the Internet. Here’s exactly what she confessed and how different communities have responded.

Cardi B has been seen as a real-life rags to riches Bronx fairytale.

CREDIT: @pepsi / Twitter

Her story is not safe for children to hear. Cardi B has always been open about how she became a stripper to earn money to escape an abusive boyfriend. She’s always said that stripping saved her life. We ship that story.

Her 3-year-old IG rant revealed that the stripper chapter of her story included drugging and robbing men.

CREDIT: @RSpotlights / Twitter

In the video, she says, “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah yeah yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged n****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.”

“All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.”

CREDIT: @billboard / Twitter

In a post on Instagram days following the viral outcry, she posted her apology.

“I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world with a perfect past. I always speak my truth. I always own my sh*t.”

“I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”

CREDIT: @iamcardib / Instagram

“There are rappers that glorify murder, violence, drugs, and robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive. I never glorified the things I brought up in that life. I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.”

“I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options.”

CREDIT: @SteveMadden / Twitter

“I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time, I did what I had to do to survive.”

Then, her ‘apology’ gets confusing…

CREDIT: @iamcardib / Instagram

“The men I spoke about in my life were men that I dated that I was involved with–men that were conscious, willing and aware. I have a past that I can’t change. We all do.”

In her live video, she had said, “I drugged n****s up and I robbed them.”

CREDIT: @ATurianJedi / Twitter

People are understandably outraged to witness their favorite rapper confess that when clients at the strip club attempted to lure her to have sex, she lured them right back. Drugging and robbing someone is never okay.

Cardi B, however, seems absolutely unfazed by #CancelCardi.

CREDIT: @iamcardib / Twitter

Song lyrics: “I’m Still Here” She did eventually post on Twitter, “Okay I’m off Twitter for a few days ???? Have fun.”

The lack of police or celebrity response has inspired a #SurvivingCardiB hashtag.

CREDIT: @lewis_eilish / Twitter

The hashtag is meant to echo the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary to point out that if a man had admitted to drugging and robbing women, we would all be angrier.

Even this man begging for money in New Orleans is concerned.

CREDIT: @the_raptv / Twitter

That’s a smart guy, milking the empathy people have for Cardi B’s potential victims. Prepare yourself because there’s more. ????

In another video, Cardi B confesses to some pretty horrible transphobic and sexual misconduct.

CREDIT: @LowLifeLex / Twitter

In this video, Cardi tells women that there’s more than one way to get revenge on your man for cheating. The story she tells is one of getting her guy drunk, inviting him to a threesome and the ‘joke’ is that the woman ends up being a “trannie.” We’re all cringing right now.

The Black community is especially angry that the rapper seems to be escaping accountability for her actions.

CREDIT: @SofieMoff / Twitter

Not pictured: the incredible amount of colorism and racism towards Cardi B right now. The ignorance around Afro-Latinidad and not being “Black enough” is familiar in every culture and race.

Pictured: Cardi B giving zero f**ks.

CREDIT: @iamcardib / Twitter

In an Instagram live rant following #CancelCardi, she claims that male rappers are given a pass on how the streets affected their past. She makes a good point that male rappers who sing about robberies and gun violence are not held accountable.

That said, it’s understandable to feel a little wary of Cardi B right about now.

CREDIT: @benyamky / Twitter

Many feminists are arguing that sex work is not something to be shamed or to riot about–that the men consented to the sex itself, and that “robbing” them was young Cardi B’s mental workaround the trauma of feeling forced to perform sex work.

Many people are calling on Pepsi to cancel their sponsorship of Cardi.

CREDIT: @KlassHood / Twitter

Literally, people are counting the days that Pepsi has not responded to the allegations; that celebrities have not chimed in. It’s understandable that people want to know the truth and see potential sex crimes resolve.

Cardi is no stranger to the hate.

CREDIT: @iamcardib / Twitter

She seems to be handling it well. Her husband, Offset, posted his support as well:

“RIDE OR DIE FOREVER LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHATS GOING ON I LOVE YOU BEST MOTHER AND HUSTLER I KNOW.”

Amidst all this, Cardi B is leading the Billboard Music Awards with 21 nominations.

CREDIT: @CDigests / Twitter

She just barely missed the record set by Drake and The Chainsmokers, who both received 22 nominations. She’ll get ’em next year.

Many fans are still stanning the artist’s talent and work ethic that brought her to the top.

CREDIT: @freakymarko / Twitter

It’s true that Cardi B is responsible for her own rise to fame. For my crew who boycotts R. Kelly and Chris Brown, we have another case for the public court.

We imagine that the police are investigating Cardi B’s statement.

CREDIT: @jazzy_jazz_1 / Twitter

…and that more information will be revealed. Already, one of Cardi’s ‘victim’s admitted that the transphobic incident did happen but that it was a joke that went too far.

The bottom line is that the public jury is still out on Cardi B’s behavior.

CREDIT: @omgess1989 / Twitter

No official jury has gathered. We are not aware of any official police investigation. We understand that people have complicated pasts that become more complicated compounded by poverty and classism.

READ: Cardi Saved $35k in Singles By the Time She Was 22, And Other Things You Should Know About Cardi B Before She Made It

Someone Turned Cardi B’s Coronavirus Rant Into A Remix Now It’s On The Billboard Charts

Entertainment

Someone Turned Cardi B’s Coronavirus Rant Into A Remix Now It’s On The Billboard Charts

Cardi B/ Instagram

Who knew Cardi B’s rants could be music to someone’s ears.

If you haven’t already heard, Cardi B went one very long Instagram rant about the Coronavirus pandemic and its global repercussions. Last Wednesday, the Dominican rapper posted a 46-second video on Instagram airing out her fears and grievances about the disease. Towards the end of the clip Cardi B delivered the lines “Coronavirus! S*** is real! S*** is getting real!”

Now it’s Billboard hit.

Over the weekend, the Brooklyn-based DJ iMarkkeyz chopped up the soundbite and released a track called “Coronavirus.” The bit has Cardi B’s rant on loop as a trap beat plays beneath it. It didn’t take long for “Coronavirus” to take off– the song we mean. The song broke into the pop charts internationally in Bulgaria and Brazil over the weekend and eventually began to climb the ranks of iTunes. By Thursday the song was top 10 in the United States iTunes chart.

You might think the song’s virality is just another schtick but uh uh.

Cardi B and iMarkkeyz have pledged to donate proceeds from streams and downloads to go towards those affected by Coronavirus.

According to Billboard “As preliminary reports indicated, the remixed tune ‘Coronavirus’ sold 3,000 copies in the week ending March 19, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The sales total prompts a No. 9 debut on Billboard’s Rap Digital Song Sales and a No. 13 start on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales charts dated March 28. In addition, ‘Coronavirus’ picked up 626,000 U.S. on-demand streams in the same period”

Check out the new hit below!

Cardi B Talks About The Growing Coronavirus Pandemic And How ‘S–t Gettin’ Real’

Entertainment

Cardi B Talks About The Growing Coronavirus Pandemic And How ‘S–t Gettin’ Real’

iamcardib / Instagram

Cardi B is known for her music and her videos on social media. She has been able to break down issues in our politics as well as defending laborers and sex workers. Now, the rapper is discussing one topic that has everyone talking: the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

Cardi B is getting nervous about novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Like only Cardi B can, the rapper injected a little bit of humor into this dark and scary time for so many Americans. Schools are being closed. The NBA has suspended the rest of the 2020 season. New York is closing down Broadway after gatherings of 500 people were banned by the governor.

Cardi B addressed the health crisis on Instagram because she often shares her opinions to give a different perspective.

“Government, let me tell y’all m—— f——— something. I don’t know what the f— this coronavirus is about,” Cardi B said in the video. “I don’t understand how this shit was from Wuhan, China now all of a sudden this shit is on our m—— f——— soil. And let me tell y’all something. I’m not even gonna front. A bitch is scared. I’m a little scared, you know what I’m saying. Like, shit got me panicking.”

Cardi B admitted that she might not have taken this viral pandemic seriously enough at the beginning but now “s— is getting real.”

View this post on Instagram

Why Dominicans like this 😩

A post shared by Cardib (@iamcardib) on

But now, she is getting ready in response to the virus spreading across the U.S. According to the latest numbers, the U.S. currently has more than 1,300 people sick with the novel coronavirus. Thurty-eight people, mainly based in Washington state, have died of COVID-19. The most common demographic to die from the coronavirus are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes.

During a second video, Cardi B injects a little bit of her classic style of humor with some rubbing alcohol.

Cardi B speaks on the real effect the coronavirus is having on the stock market and the real impact the virus will have on everyday people.

“Government. Government. Government. You wanna know something. I know s—’s getting real,” Cardi B says in the video. “Once the stock market starts going low, that’s how I know s—’s getting real cause ain’t nothing that white corporate America hates the most than losing m—— f——— money.”

She continued by telling viewers that she just wants to know a basic timetable of what to expect from this disease so she can start stocking up on emergency food. She also says she was considering moving to on of the Caribbean islands but that the disease spreading there is leaving with the option to move to Antarctica.

Health experts are currently working to find a vaccine for COVID-19. However, it is estimated that we are a year and a half away from achieving the vaccine.

The best way to prevent catching the virus is to wash your hands with soap and water for 24 seconds multiple times throughout the day after touching surfaces. It is also beneficial to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as that’s one way the virus can take hold.

READ: What To Know About The Coronavirus And How To Prevent It