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

“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

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

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

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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’

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

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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.”

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Why Dominicans like this 😩

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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