• Ivan Flores

Cardi B: Chart-Topper, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and on the Cover of Rolling Stone

This year shaped up to be in favor for former reality television star turned rapper, Cardi B. The self-crafter of “Bodak Yellow,” released by The KSR Group/Atlantic Records is now certified triple platinum. The single also landed Cardi B the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks making Cardi the first solo female rapper to top the Hot 100 since Lauryn Hill back in 1998.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, which she landed the magazine cover’s Hot Issue, demonstrates the pressure Cardi faces post-“Bodak Yellow” success and how she’s being serious when it comes to producing her debut album.

“If you go broke and lose your career, it’s bad—-and everybody is talkin’ s**t about it,” said the “Bodak Yellow” rapper. “At least if you lose your 9-to-5 you don’t got millions of people judging you and talkin’ s**t while you lost your job.”

That awareness has strongly informed Cardi’s post “Bodak Yellow” sessions.

Cardi also mentioned to Rolling Stone she’s currently sitting on “six or seven solid songs” but isn’t ruling out completely scrapping them a month from now. According to B. Scott, here’s talks of a possible collaboration with singer-songwriter Beyoncé for her next single. The pressure of her exponentially growing fame, Cardi added, has also been an adjustment. “I cannot turn my life back around,” she muses. “I’m already a public figure, I’m famous. … It’s like, I might as well keep it going, might as well make the money. People are always going to talk s**t – I cannot make myself unfamous.”

Lyrically, Cardi isn’t planning to step into the conscious territory of rappers like Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole. “A b*tch like me, it might not work for me,” Cardi said, “so I’m going to stick to trapping.” Cardi’s goal with the album is to give fans a blend of the Spanish and reggae sounds of her childhood and the modern trap vibes that are still dominating the charts. “This generation loves to get high,” she said, noting that she’s definitely chasing down her next hit. “They love to be on drugs. This is why they on that s**t: They don’t want to think about what you’re saying.”

When asked of how she felt landing the Rolling Stone cover, Cardi shouted with joy: “Issa DREAM COME TRUE!!! I can’t believe it! I couldn’t believe it when I got the call and I still can’t believe I’m seeing it now!”

Forbes released their “30 Under 30” list recently with Cardi landing at #25. According to Billboard, Cardi B is also the first female soloist to top the Hot 100 with a debut track unaccompanied by another artist since Meghan Trainor, whose “All About That Bass” led for eight weeks beginning Sept. 20, 2014.

Cardi B recently previewed a snippet of a potential new single on her Instagram, hinting its release in early December. Keep your eyes peeled as we head into the month of December, and we’ll do the same.

Rolling Stone’s The Hot Issue Starring Cardi B is out now.

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