Bronx rapper Cardi B is having a most excellent 2017. Following signing to 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’s 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 evebt yesterday (August 7, 2017). Prior to Drake, she was brought out by her boo, Offset, during a Migos concert (August 6th) at the Veld Festival in Toronto, and she performed at a Meek Mill event (July 24th) in Philadelphia.
First, it’s amazing that Cardi B is seeing all this success. It’s simply awesome to consider what she’s accomplished as a woman in a business that’s been notoriously hostile to female performers.
On that note, hopefully this doesn’t turn into a situation where once again, one single female rapper is crowned the queen and she alone exists at the top of the mountain.
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 a gimme. Right now everyone wants a piece of her, but as talented as she is, there are many, many women in rap who also need/deserve a platform. Cardi reaching the top of the ladder shouldn’t mean the door for entry to top tier status should be closed to all others. Just as there is for males, there should multiple women viewed as having top dog status.
Check out Cardi’s recent performances below.