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Cardi B And Offset Won’t Have To Worry About Much After Being Showered With So Many Gifts For Their Baby

It’s no news that Cardi B and Offset have welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their lives and named her Kulture. We haven’t seen photos of the lucky bebe yet, but we have seen mad photos of the baby gifts that just keep flooding their mailbox.

So far, Kulture has been gifted at least $7,000 in designer fashions from Versace changing bags to Fendi strollers, she’s already living her best life. Low key, if we had the same friends as Cardi B, we’d love to have a baby. Here are some of the gifts that are giving us some serious baby envy right now.

Some gift givers kept it light and funny for the rapper.

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Honestly, this kind of flower arrangement is equal parts beautiful and hilarious. Who wouldn’t like to know that they are more than just a mother after having a sweet, beautiful baby.

The Bardi Baby Bodega set the bar for Kulture gifts.

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Cardi B threw a Bronx Fairy Tale themed baby shower, that touched on her own upbringing con la bodega. Talk about an adorable set up for a great baby shower and start to a life as a family unit..

As parting gifts, they gave their guests custom baby blankets.

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It took over 40 people and two days to set up the baby shower in Atlanta. You know it also took weeks of planning to print all of these gorgeous labels.

The treats were rica af.

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The couple offered a five tier cake, and get this: the layers were Dominican pineapple, strawberry, red velvet, chocolate ganache, and honey bun flavors. How can we get invited to the next baby shower?

Obviously there would also be some coquito for everyone.

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She did say the Bronx, okay? Cardi B and Offset couldn’t be more excited to be parents and celebrate their little muñeca linda coming into this life with them.

Their home was flooded with packages for Kulture with so much love.

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If you’re not already following Cardi B on Instagram, you’re missing out. Once a week, she gives shoutouts to some of our other favorite celebrities for some of the most insane gifts.

Baby Kulture has received so many gifts that Cardi B has lost track of who sent what.

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“Somebody gave me this ugly ass flamingo, but for some reason I like him, and everybody else in the house likes him. I don’t know who put that green bandana on his head but whatever.”

Things got super personal with a Baby Bardi stroller and carrier.

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The wheels are even gold rims. We cannot wait to see pictures of lil Kulture in this cutie stroller or all of her strollers for that matter.

Yup, Kulture already has at least $4,000 in strollers.

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In Cardi’s own words, “this is 2020 modern sh*t.”

“Someone gave me this poppin-ass Fendy stroller with the Fendy diaper bag and IDK who sent it to me, but I’m finna find out. Your motha’s got the whips.”

Plus, Tiffany bows and a Givenchy teddy bear because duh.

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The teddy bear is $195. I mean, that is an anatomically perfectly cute teddy bear, so it’s reasonable. Meanwhile, my teddy bear came from Toys ‘R Us.

Good to know that it was all 100 percent necessary.

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“Every bottle, every diaper wipes, every pampers, everything, every binky, everything that people…from the smallest thing to the biggest thing… trust me it has been used.”

What proper bebe doesn’t need a massage baby seat?

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“This shit fire right here. I think this gives massages and all that shit. My baby finna feel right and it matches my truck owwww.”

Even Chipotle is dishin’ out that chips, guac and queso.

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They sent her a literal briefcase filled to the brim with a lifetime supply of free chips and guac, with a h/t to her collab with J.Lo on “Dinero”:

“We hear you Cardi B. Here’s all the chips, guac and queso, the most precious dinero.”

Meanwhile, Kulture got a lifetime supply of Adidas which is genius.

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One pair in every size. Atlantic Records sent this over and Cardi and Kulture will be thanking them through the ages. Freakin’ genius.

At this point, Cardi doesn’t need to buy a single thing for Kulture.

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“Oooooh, someone’s gonna be so popping’ in her cute little bows, but my baby got such a cute tiny little head right now, they might not fit her.”

We’re all helping clothe and adorn this baby.

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It’s a public right and duty to groom the most loved, go-get-em niña to enter this world. Kulture is going to have a very nice and easy life.

Janelle Monae is not one to be outdone and this amazing gift proves it.

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Apparently, these roses smell like roses for all of eternity and we don’t know how. We do know that Cardi B considers Janelle Monae to be in her top 5 of fashion icons.

Even fans are sending their love.

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We don’t know what Kulture looks like, but we know she’s definitely wearing some cute bows on her head. As she should.

She’s already got a Benz waiting for her.

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The gift was meant to match her mother’s car, but Cardi and Offset gave each other their own baby gifts.

And her parents have their own new whips to play with.

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The two got matching Lambo’s for each other, officially making them the coolest parents of all time.

Also something I expect from my future wife as a ‘thank you for having my baby’ gift.

Basically, they need to buy Kulture her own house to store all this stuff in.

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We’re positive that the moment her face is revealed to the world, there will be another Great Flood of Gifts in her life.


READ: Cardi B Fans Are So Happy For Her New Baby But Are Already Clowning On Her For Her Name

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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