For a lot of the folks living Uptown, entrepreneur Cardi B vis-a-vis her straight-talk Instagram has been a part of the culture for a minute. Thanks to “Love & Hiphop: New York,” which tapped her for its current season, the Bronx born 23-year old is seeing her fame quickly grow to even more massive heights.
In addition to an appearance on New York morning show “The Breakfast Club” as well as coverage by Complex magazine last week, Cardi B has capitalized on her new found fame with a video featuring her first single “Cheap Ass Weave,” a freestyle over U.K. rapper Lady Leshurr‘s breakout hit “Queen’s Speech” themed on Cardi’s belief that a cheap dress and shoes are okay, but not a cheap weave.
While a lot is made of Cardi’s past as a stripper, in reality, she’s moved on from the job and is making most of her income these days from club appearances and her role on “Love and Hip Hop New York.” More than just a loud mouth with frank opinions, Cardi is not only endearing and funny, she also speaks for the poor and working class, in particular first generation children of Caribbean immigrants who very often are not given any agency at all.
That said, those who are looking to Card B as a voice of consciousness will probably be disappointed. Cardi B very much speaks her mind and her truth, and part of the appeal of her opinions is they are topsy-turvy and agenda free.
As she said in “The Breakfast Club” interview, “I relate to every hood girl that have a dream and try and chase it, I relate to every girl whose been through struggles and had to do a few things for change.”
Cardi’s fan base is much bigger than just the hood boys and girls who first followed her, it’s all of us misfit toys, especially those with an appreciation for wise cracking and a penchant for laughing through and past the hard knocks of life.
Check out “Cheap Ass Weave” and her appearance on “The Breakfast Club Below”