Cardi B, born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, is one of today’s most prominent rappers. Born and raised in the Bronx to Dominican and Trinidadian parents, Cardi B first gained internet notoriety for candidly discussing her career as an exotic dancer on social media. She was also a regular cast member on Love and Hip Hop:New York for a few seasons.
Since rising to international fame, Cardi B has broken numerous records. “Bodak Yellow” earned her the acclaim of being the second female rapper ever, alongside Lauren Hill, to top the charts with a solo output. Her song “I Like It” and her collaboration with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You,” made her the first female rapper to have multiple number one songs on Billboard Hot 100. Her studio album Invasion of Privacy, which came out earlier this year, broke multiple streaming records and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
In just a few short years, Cardi B has accomplished more than some artists achieve in their entire careers. Among her achievements, she’s been nominated for two Grammy awards, three American Music Awards, nine BET Hip Hop awards, 12 MTV Video Music Award nominations and three wins, has hosted SNL, and has collaborated with huge artists from Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Ozuna, and many more.