Last year, it felt as if, out of nowhere, rapper Cardi B was everywhere and nobody could get hits like Bodak Yellow or Bartier Cardi out of their head. The overnight celebrity has actually been working towards the fame game for several years. Aged 18-years-old, she dropped out of college and began to dance in clubs where she became "locally famous." She then hit viral fame, sharing her unique personality online and making videos about how to stay away from shady men. Then came her role on Love & Hip Hop and after her first single dropped - the rest is showbiz history.
No matter what people's opinion is of her or how she got to where she is - there is one thing she wants clear: Cardi is not going anywhere. She told Fader magazine, "Am I ever gonna grow thick skin? No. I just gotta focus on making money. Cause ain’t no going back. I’m gonna be famous forever."
But who is the real Cardi B? Fans do love her but then there are others that can't help but overlook her shady side. Fame came so quickly, is it possible that already after less than 48 months in the spotlight her time is already up? These following photos and events prove that the reigning rap queen's crown is definitely slipping.
15 The Grammy's Dress That Should Never Have Left The House
Cardi's short, ivory dress at this Grammys caused quite the stir on the Twittersphere as many of her fans compared it to a mullet. It took more than 150 hours to make the Bodack Yellow singer's dress but judging by the unconfident look on her face - she wasn't such a fan herself either.
The designer Mohammed Ashi told In Style online that the dress was made to stand out and be noticed just like the rapper herself.
He revealed, "The inspiration behind this dress was Cardi herself. Her hard-to-miss personality is the reason that the dress has this certain ‘grandeur’ that is also inevitably hard to miss." It certainly was hard to miss as all eyes and cameras were on this gown that appeared to dwarf her.
14 Her Stomach Hair Divided Opinion On The Internet
Cardi stormed the stage at the Grammys alongside Bruno Mars as the duo performed their song Finesse. As if her shockingly bright, Moschino two-piece outfit wasn't enough to grab everyone's attention, she always sparked a lot of talk about her visible stomach hair. One fan wrote on Instagram, "Y’all see her happy trail though. She needa shave that stomach," and another added, "She better shave her stomach hair before modeling."
She is used to the trolls online attacking her but has let them know that if they come for her sister it's a different story. One Instagram user wrote on a photo of her sister Hennessy, "She really think she famous cause her sister is lmao.." and Cardi hit back, "“When did she ever felt like she famous?” Cardi wrote. “My sister don’t even like fame cause you just be judging and poppin she just like to stay in her lane…"
13 She's Been Accused (More Than Once) Of Ripping Off Other Artists)
Alongside Cardi looking scarily similar to her idol, Nicki Minaj, she has also been accused of stealing the hits that made her huge. Firstly, Cardi appeared in the video for G-Eazy's No Limit looking the double of Minaj and when people commented on Instagram about the likeness, Minaj commented, "I’m glad ya’ll peeped."
Then HollywoodLife reported how fans of rapper Tommy Genesis compared the song Bartier Cardi to a track called Tommy.
One angry fan tweeted, "Cardi the fraud...For once be original in your life... FRAUD..!"
And another hit out saying, "The lack of creativity is shameless! Least we know who the real artist is Tommy Genesis who is ultra feminist and very talented. (Cardi) is just a fraud." Maybe the hottest original artist of the moment doesn't quite live up to that title?
12 Fans Are Getting Tired Of Her Instagram Meltdowns
Cardi has over 19 million followers on Instagram and she is well known for her oversharing behavior. Between ranting about her enemies and crying over a fight with her fiancé, Offset, she will video just about anyone of her over-dramatic monologues. What was cute and part of her quirky personality at first has since become a pain for fans that want to see more music and less emotional breakdowns.
She also caused a huge deal over nothing when she posted that she was single after breaking off her engagement to Offset. Then the whole thing turned out to be untrue and she tweeted, "Reasons why me and Offset (split). I think he stole my purple blanket wasn’t him so I’m still looking for the suspect." Ten-minute long public breakups sound like some pretty attention seeking behavior.
11 She Was Called Out For Cultural Appropriation
The video for Bodak Yellow is now the second most-watched video by a female rapper on YouTube with 479 million views and counting only behind Nicki Minaj's Anaconda with more than 700 million views. Although her fans clearly love the video, many other critics are not so impressed and have called her out for cultural appropriation.
In the video, she wears cultural abaya dress and headscarf then rides a camel with a face veil.
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh wrote on Muslim Girl online, "Arabs themselves are largely absent from the picture, and artists like Cardi B could use more responsible and less stereotype-perpetuating imagery that’s as outdated as that of Aladdin." Evelyn Alsultany, a professor at the University of Michigan, told Splinter News that this image is also a very dated orientalist image. She explained, "The exoticism consisted of the desert, camels in the desert, a place that was seen as uncivilized, not touched by civilization, dancing girls, the harems."
10 Did She Make Up The Whole Cop Story?
One of the most bizarre events that happened late last year was when Cardi accused a New York City cop of using force with her after she was in a car collision. According to the rapper, she was driving near Colombus Circle when another driver hit her Bentley. The officer became involved when she got out of her car to argue with the other driver.
Later she tweeted, "I can't believe this cop put me in a choke hole just now s**t is crazy in NY cops don't know how to do their job." Then after TMZ did some investigating they found there was no record of the incident whatsoever. They reported, "A spokesman tells us NYPD has no records or information about Cardi's claim, and adds it's unclear if police will try to get a statement from her about the alleged incident." So did Cardi just make the whole thing up? Sounds seriously shady if that is the case.
9 She Uses Her Relationship With Offset For Attention
Cardi was called out for name-dropping her fiancé, rapper Offset, far too many times. One fan tweeted about her track Bartier Cardi, "I love Cardi B’s new track like crazy but does she really have to mention offset every time? Girl, you don’t need a man to make it."
Another wrote, "Lol I don’t think Cardi B can go a verse without saying Offset’s name at least 9 times."
She hit back on her Instagram story, "If I wanna put my man name on all my songs soooooooooooooo what!!" She added, "I’m his biggest fan. Like (he) put half million ring on my finger imma mention his name even in my prayers b***h." She previously told New York magazine that she doesn't want to be labeled a feminist so clearly, she doesn't mind appearing dependent on her future husband.
8 Then There Was This Rude Rant Online
Cardi faced a serious backlash when she posted a rant on Twitter which many of her fans called out for being transphobic. In the video, that caused quite a lot of outrage throughout the LGBT community, she told her fans that is Offset ever cheated on her, she would "get him drunk and let a t***** (take advantage) of him." She was called "vile" and her rant "inexcusable" with many of her followers called for an apology but they did not get one.
The video made it's way online just shortly after Offset also caused offense after he released a track where he rapped that he would not hang around with "q****s" - later he backtracked and said he thought the word meant "weird."
7 She's Known For Inciting Gang Culture
Cardi is always bringing the drama but she took things too far and incited a near gang war. When she 16-years-old she joined the Bloods gang, direct rivals of the LA Crips. She posted a photo on her Instagram where she could be seen wearing a bright blue fluffy coat and the caption read: "I hate wearing Flue."
Flue is a gang term used by the Bloods instead of blue the color of the Crips so they don't have to refer to their enemies.
Her Instagram was then flooded with comments from supposedly rival gang members who warned her, "Do not come to LA." Cardi was due to visit LA for the NBA All-Star game but after these comments, she kept her distance and temporarily shut down all comments on her Instagram.
6 Her Aggressive Side Is Too Much For Some Fans
After finding viral fame on Vine and Instagram, Cardi and her sister Hennessy starred on the docu-series Love & Hip Hop. Cardi won over a lot of fans with her outrageous sense of humor and tell-it-how-it-is personality but there was a much darker side to both her and Hennessy.
During the show's finale, fellow cast member, Major tried to explain a previous issue the girls had between them but before she could finish her sentence, she was violently attacked. Hennessy managed to connect a few hits to Major, with big sister Cardi encouraging her before security managed to step in. There was also the moment when Cardi removed her shoe and threw it at another cast member which could have also resulted in a serious injury. It's time she learned how to be the better person and tame her anger.
5 She Was Kicked Out Of A Hotel And Called Out The Staff
A very shady side of Cardi's real personality was reported by Times Union newspaper after the rapper was kicked out of an Albany hotel. Just hours after her performance at Times Union Center, Cardi and her entourage returned to the hotel but the staff had to get involved when other guests complained about the noise.
Albany police were called when the staff started to smell something funny coming from the room and enough was enough.
They were kicked out due to the hotel's strict no smoking policy and in a video posted on TMZ online, Cardi can be heard screaming at the staff they were "racist mother******s." She also ranted, "Albany is known for being racist." Even though she was in the wrong, she was clearly not going quietly.
4 She Has Always Been Fame-Hungry
Cardi has always wanted to get her hands on that "shmoney" and even turned to late night dancing at the age of 19 just to be seen. She then started posting her Vines and quick clips online and eventually landed a starring role on Love & Hip Hop. She lusted after fame so much, but now she regrets chasing the spotlight.
During an interview with CR Fashion Book she revealed, "One negative thing is that, even though I’m happy, I feel like I was a little bit happier two or three years ago when I had less money. I had less people who had opinions about my life. I felt like my life was mine. Now I feel like I don’t even own my life. I feel like the world owns me." It looks like this is just a typical case of 'be careful watch you wish for.'
3 She Blasted Other Women As "Roaches"
Another Cardi backlash came when she called out black-skinned women as "roaches" and fans were shocked by how many times she used that word.
A fan posted a thread on Twitter of all the times Cardi had called women of color "roaches" and posted the old tweets.
The thread was quite long and included a tweet telling one woman to "fix your weave" and not to "talk to me ugly like a roach." She also tweeted another woman also calling her an "old roach."
Cardi didn't apologize and instead said that it's a word she used a lot when growing up in the Bronx, New York City. She added, "I don't bother with these (people) don't let these (people) bother me." So that's about as close to an apology as anyone is going to get.
2 She Admits To Being A Bully
Cardi revealed to Wendy Williams on her talk show that some days she is a bully. Williams quizzed her about the unusual name Cardi B and she replied, "My sister’s name is Hennessy, so everybody used to be like 'Bacardi' to me. Then I shortened it to Cardi B. The 'B' stands for whatever, depending on the day…beautiful or bully." It's true that she certainly does have mood swings but nobody wants to know a bully.
Even though she's known for swinging a few punches online, she did say for the record that she wants to avoid drama with anyone. During the VMAs last year, she said, "I don’t want problems with anybody. I just want to make music and make money. I don’t have to do that whole industry beef, you know?" Well, at least she's trying to keep out of fighting others.
1 She's Been Criticized To Have Never Worked Hard For Her Fame
One of the biggest rumors that will always get Cardi's guard up is that she has never worked hard for her fame. She went from late night dancer to Instagram microcelebrity, to reality TV star to one of the best selling female rappers of the moment signed to Atlantic Records. Sure, she's not the first celebrity to use social media as a springboard for worldwide fame but has she really put in enough effort to get to where she is now? Many would say no.
Sure she's passionate about her music but only if it's making her some serious cash.
During an interview with Fader magazine, she revealed, "I have a passion for music, I love music. But I also have a passion for money and paying my bills."
It's reported she's now worth an estimated $4 million and growing, so she will certainly be happy with that "shmoney" even if people might think she doesn't deserve it.
Sources: capitalxtra.com, dailymail.co.uk, TMZ.com