Bronx rapper Cardi B is having a most excellent 2017. Following new of her signing with Atlantic Records, she’s seeing mainstream success through her single “Bodak Yellow,” which is now sitting at position No. 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
According to Billboard, “Cardi B joins an exclusive club of female rappers to have reached the Hot 100’s top 30 with a rap song on their own (without any featured or other lead acts). Since 2010, the group includes only Nicki Minaj and Young M.A. who took her debut hit “OOOUUU” to No. 19 in November 2016.”
In addition to the success of the single, she’s seen a series of endorsements from top male rappers, including Drake, who brought her out on stage during his OVO Fest event yesterday (August 7, 2017).
Prior to the OVO Fest appearance, she was brought on stage by her beau, Offset, during a Migos concert (August 6th) at the Veld Festival in Toronto. She then performed at a Meek Mill event (July 24th) in Philadelphia.
While it’s simple awesome to consider what she’s accomplished as a woman in a business that’s been notoriously hostile to female performers, one hopes the space opens up for multiple female rappers to succeed at the top.
It’s worth pointing out that in a tweet reporting that hip hop festival Rolling Loud is expanding globally, we mentioned that including more women should be a part of the expansion. A staff of Rolling Loud responded by writing, “yes” and tagged Cardi.
— KEL LI (@jqkelvinli) August 8, 2017
Of all the women Rolling Loud should include, Cardi B is an obvious choice. Right now everyone wants a piece of her, but as talented as she is, there are many women in rap who also need/deserve a platform. And just as there is space for all types of male rappers, there should be room for an array of women.
Check out Cardi’s recent performances below.