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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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“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.”

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“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…

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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…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.

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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

A Trump Supporter Tried To Come For Cardi B After She Said She Wants To Be A Politician And Failed

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A Trump Supporter Tried To Come For Cardi B After She Said She Wants To Be A Politician And Failed

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The 27-year-old queen of rap, Cardi B, announced to her Twitter followers Sunday that she’s thinking about becoming a politician. “I think I want to be a politician,” the rapper tweeted, adding, “I really love government even tho I don’t agree with Goverment.” Since then, the rapper has expanded on what she’s thinking she’ll do next to make those dreams come true, including returning to school. Since announcing her interest, Cardi B’s already started expanding on the issues that matter to her. She wants to represent the vast majority of Americans who don’t want war. Cardi B wants gun screening to look more like screening to join the military. Cardi B says she believes “we have the right to bear arms,” but she also believes in raising the minimum age limit to own a gun, requiring “mental check-ups” and “proper training” to screen for gun owners. 

Of course, Trump supporters have come to drag Cardi B, using coded language to attack her intelligence, education and slut-shame her. Good thing Cardi B is self-secure enough to combat classism.

First, Cardi B says she wants to go back to school “a couple of years” to “shake the table.”

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“I deadass have sooo much ideas that make sense,” Cardi suggested, saying, “I just need a couple of years of school and I can shake the table.” A few minutes later, Cardi B recalled all the war documentaries she’s been watching lately. “No matter how many weapons a country have you need people! How are you trying to go against a country and possibly start a war when this country lacks patriotism? I barely see people claiming they LOVE being American,” she tweeted.

Trump supporter and internet personality Mindy Robinson decided to try Cardi B.

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You’re going to need more school than that.  👌🏻,” Robinson tweeted, along with a proofread version of Cardi B’s tweet and the subversive white supremacy symbol. “Your spaces are off too…but hey, how can we hold you accountable for kindergarten level sh*t, am I right?” Robinson asked of Cardi B. 

Cardi took the bait and clapped back with a warning: “don’t want to dog walk you ❤️”

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“Sis your lips ashy and you barely have none …Leave me alone,” Cardi responded to the MAGA right’s internet poster child. “I didn’t insulted your party or your believes so please don’t try me and let’s keep sweet OK….don’t want to dog walk you  ❤️,” Cardi added. Of course, Robinson soaked up the attention and responded to essentially assert classism. “I went to college for both American History and Political Science,” Robinson tweeted, adding, “although to be fair…even my cat is more qualified to run for Congress than Cardi B. 👌🏻” 

Robinson concluded her tweet once again with the controversial “👌🏻” emoji, which was initially used by a small set of white supremacists who thought the hand gesture symbolized the “w” and “p” in “white power.” It’s since grown into an internet sensation for the right as a way to “troll” liberals. The “👌🏻” is so ubiquitous that it’s easy for someone who uses it maliciously to just say they’re making an “okay” symbol. From MAGA far-right supporters, it’s become a well-protected microaggression to people of color.

In response, Cardi followed through on her word and dog walked the mierda out of Robinson.

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“You really mad cause you stay takin pics like this and mention Trump 20 times a day to get his attention,” Cardi B tweeted back along with a photo of Robinson in an American flag bikini. “HEY! Don’t take your anger out on me cause he don’t wanna fuck you sis  🤷🏽‍♀️ 😩😩,” Cardi B added. The MAGA-supporting right has been consistent in retweeting photos of Cardi B stripping or wearing bathing suits along with captions like, “she and ole AOC can compare how their cup size is inversely proportionate to their IQs.” A “Women for Trump” account with over 5,000 followers shared the news along with calling the rapper “Low IQ Cardi B.” We don’t even need to explain why “low IQ” is a racist dog whistle.

“Cardi B for Congress” has started a conversation on classism and has already generated campaign banners.

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The irony of suggesting someone couldn’t be a member of congress because of their grammar despite the fact that the president you so vehemently support uses nothing higher than 3rd-grade level diction 🤦🏾‍♂️grammatical skills ≠ intelligence,” another supporter tweeted at Robinson and Cardi. “Let me tell you something cause every time I post anything political I get attack all type of crazy,” Cardi later tweeted. “If you are a conservative & if you support a opposite party that’s OK( unless you racist)we can get into friendly debates on here voice your opinion… And I’ll voice mines HOWEVER don’t try me and don’t take my kindness for weakness.I BE VIOLATING!!! I don’t really like being on that type of time. We grown! Let’s be grown. Lets teach and learn.”

In conclusion, in the words of another Twitter user, “If Donald Trump is the president of the United States right now I don’t see why Cardi B can’t be a politician.”

READ: Cardi B Made A Video With Bernie Sanders And It’s Not Totally What We Expected But It’s Still Vital

Cardi B Is Releasing A New Album In 2020 And She Just Posted A Sneak Peek

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Cardi B Is Releasing A New Album In 2020 And She Just Posted A Sneak Peek

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Cardi B’s career has absolutely skyrocketed since she exploded onto the scene in 2017. Of course, she had already been around for awhile before releasing “Bodak Yellow,” appearing regularly on VH1’s reality series Love and Hip Hop: New York in pursuit of big music dreams (she also released two mixtapes long before her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2018). In 2019, Cardi B took her career up a notch, serving as a judge on Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow and making her acting debut alongside J Lo and Constance Wu in Hustlers.

And although fans are excited that she’s been exploring other creative opportunities, several folks are starting to get restless for more music. Fortunately for them, the NYC rapper confirmed that a new album is due to arrive sometime in 2020, sharing a brief clip of her upcoming single on Twitter last week.

While Friday, January 10 is Global Release Day for music, few artists actually participate, and Cardi B’s album is no exception—while little is known about the upcoming LP, it is unlikely to appear right away. In the meantime, fans have enjoyed the two singles she’s dropped since Invasion of Privacy: “Press” and “Please Me,” though Cardi B told Billboard that she’s hoping to embrace a different sound with her new album.

“It has evolved a lot, especially because I’ve been listening to different types of music,” she said. “But . . . there’s the challenge of it. Because there’s certain types of music that I want to do, but I feel like—is people interested in that? I feel like things have changed . . . but I cannot just go with what’s hot. I still gotta do what I want to do.”

That approach seemed to work out for Cardi B’s first album which, in addition to topping the Billboard 200, earned her a Grammy for best rap album (and making her the first solo female rapper to win in that category). But even if the rapper is trying to stay true to her vision, she’s not trying to replicate what she achieved with Invasion of Privacy. Referring to that record, she told Billboard: “I was going with what I want people to hear, and what I like, so that’s what I’m doing now,” adding, “I’m just having fun in the studio, because if you think, ‘My first album was like this, I gotta have the same recipe,’ it’s just not gonna work.”

And in spite of another acting role in Fast and Furious 9—as well as another lead film role that the rapper mentioned, but wasn’t at liberty to describe—Cardi B is devoting as much time as possible to the production of her new album.

“My album is on my mind 24/7,” she said. “It’s practically all I’m focusing on.”

The news of Cardi B’s upcoming album is also accompanied by another major milestone: Invasion of Privacy currently sits at No. 56 on the Billboard Top 200, meaning that Cardi B is tied with Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill for the longest-charting debut album by a female rapper in history. Miseducation occupied its place on the charts for 91 weeks, and it appears as though Invasion of Privacy just might break that record.

In addition to winning Cardi B a record-breaking Grammy, Invasion of Privacy also earned a nomination for Album of the Year. The single “I Like It” won a nomination for Record of the Year and “Be Careful” earned a nomination for Best Rap Performance. With such a hard-hitting debut, Cardi B’s sophomore album has a lot of hype to live up to—but when asked about the legacy of “Bodak Yellow,” the hit that started it all, Cardi B seemed proud of her past success, alluding to great optimism and enthusiasm for what’s to follow.

“It’s just the littest song of ever,” she said about the song. “Every party, every New Year, every Cinco de Mayo, every Thanksgiving, it’s just that type of song that you want to play to turn the party up . . . It’s that song that makes you feel like that b–ch, that girl. ‘Bodak Yellow’ is that girl.”

So if “Bodak Yellow” is “that girl,” what kind of bops can we expect from album number 2? The sneak preview above gives us a bit of an idea, and Cardi B’s statement last fall about naming her next album Tiger Woods—which she has since dismissed as a joke—might also offer some clues about the vibes of her upcoming record.

“I think I’m going to name my album Tiger Woods . . . because, remember when everybody was talking sh*t on Tiger Woods . . . and then he f*cking came and won that green jacket? That’s what I’m going to name my album.”