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She Has Amassed A Number Of Haters Online But In This Interview Cardi B Proves She’s Unfazed

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“Knock knock. Who’s there? My mixtape. Listen to it.”

For many looking in from the outside, the emergence of trap music in popular culture has signaled a decline in what many consider “conscious” or “intelligent” rap. If this is your first time hearing about “trap” music, it’s a genre of music that originated from Southern hip-hop that uses layered kick drums and layered synthesizers, which has been made popular by artists like Future, Travis Scott, and Lil’ Yachty.

While much of trap music glorifies high spending, drug use, promiscuity and all the things we don’t want to “teach our children” – these topics have been part of rap for a hot minute. We conflate mumble rap, trap artists and rappers who don’t (or can’t) freestyle with being uneducated in the rap cannon and undeserving of their fame.

Take a quick peek at Twitter, for example, and you’ll see there is no shortage of people proclaiming how “dumb” Cardi B is, among many other disparaging remarks. Her hit “Bodak Yellow” is very much a trap song, but it also feels very New York.

But time and time again, youth continue to coalesce around the music of the time. Remember when rock and roll was the devil? Or how about when everyone wanted Disco music to die? Or better yet, remember when Ray Charles threw romantic lyrics on a gospel tune and it was considered blasphemy?

Well, the same thing is happening with trap.

Cardi B graces the cover of this month’s “New York Magazine” and in an interview with their sister site, Vulture, she let us know how smart of a hustler she actually is.

NEW YORK MAGAZINE !!!!!! @nymag

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Growing up in the Golden Age of gangster rap, I listened to the legends. I witnessed the Tupac and Biggie beef, then Jay-Z and Nas, then Fifty Cent and Eminem against literally everybody else. I’ve seen at least 20 years of hip hop, grow, change and morph.

What we have now are artist like Migos, who many will say, “well they mumble and I don’t know what they’re talking about, so they’re dumb and therefore bad.” But Migos is one of the biggest rap groups of the last several years, grandpa. And, in my opinion, a force that will only continue to grow.

What you find in this musical evolution, is that artists who work hard enough and are sharp, will not only make catchy music, but will tap into the zeitgeist of the moment. These artists have always been smarter than we give them credit for, especially at the height of their popularity.

I mean, just look back at anything Tupac said. I’ll wait…

Cardi B shows that not only is she talented and hard working, but smart and that’s been the killer combination for her.

In the interview Cardi B lays out with detail how it took her years to become an overnight success. She talks about all the important things that we all kind-of, sort-of know about success and how to achieve it. The one big difference for Cardi B: she did it and stuck to it. It’s easy to say rappers, especially the ones of the moment, are “dumb,” but to hear Cardi B explain it, is to prove that assumption entirely all wrong.

Cardi B is an artist who knew her potential and used common sense, good judgement, and hard work to see it through.

@nycmag REGULAR DEGULAR SHMEGULAR

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She can rap about whatever she wants in my book. Mumble, twerk, make up words (Bodak?) whatever. At the end of the day, she’s out there making money moves, and we’re all out here buying.

Who’s dumb now?


[H/T] Vulture

READ: Sound The Alarm, Cardi B And Nicki Minaj Are On The New Song ‘Motor Sport’ With Migos


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Cardi B Faces White Judges In Scathing “Press” Music Video Sparking Conversations Online

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Cardi B Faces White Judges In Scathing “Press” Music Video Sparking Conversations Online

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The day after Cardi B pleaded “not guilty” to the assault of two bartenders at a strip club in August 2018, she dropped her long-anticipated music video for summer banger “Press.” In the five hours since the video was published, it’s reached nearly 2 million views–a new record for the rapper.

Just last week, Cardi performed for a Los Angeles crowd to announce “I ain’t going to jail.” “Press” offers an entirely different narrative, all of which can only prove Cardi B’s artistry beyond a reasonable doubt.

The video opens with Cardi B heavy making out with a girl.

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Of course, everyone has an opinion on this–ranging from it being a stance against homophobia to queerbaiting. All we know is that she uses the makeout for her opening shot and, well, okay.

Next thing we know, Cardi B is casually smoking a cigarette when she pulls out a gun.

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After the make out session, the screen fades to black, then to a muscular man getting involved in the beginnings of a sex scene. The screen fades to black and we see Cardi looking like a chingona. Shots are fired. The screen fades to black.

We see crowds of Cardi B fans outside a courthouse with two black women acting as police officers.

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This video does an excellent job of illustrating a dystopian reality where women are in charge. Fans are having discussions about the undertone of experiencing police uniforms instill a credible sense of safety in the viewer.

Once again, Cardi B is a fashion icon.

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We see her get dragged into an interrogation room looking fly. Twitter user @BlasianMimi is worked up: “Cardi fucking ATE you hear me she did not come to play. The subliminal messages, the visuals, the fashion, the acting. Everything was perfect #PressMusicVideo”

Then, we see Cardi B completely naked with blood dripping down her arms.

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This feels like a personal message to the women pressing charges against Cardi for allegedly throwing bottles at them.

“B****es in my business, they tryna plot (woo)
Hoes poppin’ sh** like they hot but they not (no)”

In Cardi B’s directorial debut, we get to see her vision come to life.

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That vision is an army of back up dancers and Cardi herself completely nude with their nipples and crotches blurred out–a recreation of Barbie dolls. In an Instagram post, Cardi thanks her team for making their crotches look “pleasant” because it was “really difficult” to make that happen in editing.

As she walks to court, she’s in all white from her hair to her eyebrows to her toes.

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That vision is all Cardi B. She says she was very specific about getting that look, and fans have so many opinions about it. White is a symbol of innocence, but whiteness in a courtroom is a metaphor for invincibility.

Her entire legal team is made up of young women, mostly women of color.

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Everyone is wearing the costume they’re meant to wear in the arena of life. Cardi B’s white outfit is meant to mean something to the judges.

But all the judges are old white men.

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Sounds familiar right? One Twitter user was aghast, “14 white and old judges, wow.” Others retweeted that this was the U.S. Supreme Court in a nutshell.

There are white men everywhere screaming at Cardi B.

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In the trial, all the people transcribing are young black women. All the people in power are white men.

“Done with the talkin’, I’m open to violence
Ask anybody, they know I’m about it”

All the haters are white.

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The people giving testimony against Cardi B are white men and women alike. Cardi’s all-white outfit doesn’t “pass” for the power as white skin. Cardi is sentenced to prison.

To be clear… she’s committing violent crimes all over the place.

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We saw her shoot the gun during her threesome earlier on and now, her entire back up dance team are murdered on the ground. Everyone in the courtroom is bloodied, on the ground.

Cardi B is walked to her cell where she ends up drowning her cellmate in a toilet.

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Why did she drown her cellmate? Cardi shared on Instagram that she “really wanted to drown somebody in the toilet and kill them ‘cause that’s just such terrible way to die.”

Of course, the haters are out there, but the Latino Bardi Gang has her back.

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With over 3 million views in less than 7 hours and climbing, Cardi ‘s getting more press, whether she needs it or not. Congrats on your upcoming Emmy, girl.

You can watch the full music video below.

What do you think about Cardi B’s new music video?

READ: Cardi B May Be In Denial About Not Going To Jail After She Faces Felony Charges From A NYC Grand Jury

Cardi B May Be In Denial About Not Going To Jail After She Faces Felony Charges From A NYC Grand Jury

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Cardi B May Be In Denial About Not Going To Jail After She Faces Felony Charges From A NYC Grand Jury

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Cardi B is apparently facing some pretty serious legal issues after news broke that the “Money” rapper is facing felony indictments from a grand jury.

The charges seem to stem from a bar brawl back in August.

She is allegedly facing 14 charges in connection with the incident.

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Cardi B has been indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges — including two felonies — in connection with a brawl at a New York strip club.

TMZ was first to break the story.

The incident, which went down in August, was allegedly triggered after Cardi accused Jade of sleeping with Offset. Cardi was arrested in October for allegedly ordering the attack on two strip club bartenders — Jade and Baddie G. The two women claim they were injured during the brawl when Cardi’s people began throwing bottles and chairs.

Cardi B had already faced charges in relation to the attack.

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She was initially charged with two misdemeanors for assault and reckless endangerment, but that’s all superseded by the grand jury indictment.  

Previously, Cardi rejected a plea deal in connection with the incident, which revolves around two women who claim to have sustained injuries during a fight they allege began because of a request from Cardi.

Reactions on Twitter were everywhere…

But most could agree that this whole event took a turn real fast.

It seems that Cardi B wasn’t getting much support from fans on Twitter.

Many comments range from “it’s about damn time” and “lock her up” to loads of memes and GIFs of people laughing at the rapper’s deteriorating legal situation.

While others were already looking to the future.

I mean it’s a bit premature to be sure that Cardi B may be facing jail time, let alone prison time.

Even non-fans were surprised by the level of hate she was getting.

The only way I could see people being happy is if she actually did it and is now going to face the consequences for her actions.

While many wondered why people were putting so much energy into the news.

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To many, it was her reaction to the initial charges and the way she denied any involvement. Many thought she reacted as if she could get away with whatever she wanted – that she shouldn’t have to face the consequences.

To some, there are way more pressing matters to be shocked and disgusted at.

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Here’s looking at you #45.

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