American hip-hop artiste, rapper, songwriter, TV and social media personality, Cardi B is one of the few female rappers making waves currently.
She hails from Bronx in New York City and is currently signed to Atlantic Records. Cardi B’s path to fame is a bit different. She first became famous through her Instagram profile which had over 7 million viewers.
The Bodak Yellow crooner now boasts over 23 million followers on Instagram and is a well known rapper, singer, and songwriter. Her career is currently on the rise no doubt so we take a look at her early life, career and current net worth in the article.
Cardi B’s Biography
Cardi B Quick Facts
Birth Name: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar
Date of Birth : 11th October 1992
Age: 26 Years
Nick Name: Cardi B
Profession: Rapper, TV Personality
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Net Worth: $12 million
Marital Status: Married to Offset since 2017
Children: Kulture Kiari Cephus
Cardi B whose birth name is Веlасіѕ Аlmаnzаr was born on the 11th of October, 1992 in Bronx, New York City. Her father hails from the Dominican Republic while her mother is from Trinidad.
Cardi B grew up in South Bronx, spending much of her childhood at her paternal grandmother’s house in Washington Heights. Her teenage years were a bit turbulent which still reflects in her music today. She was a member of the gang “Bloods” till she was 16. She attended Renaissance High School for Musical theatre & Technology and was formerly a worker at a supermarket in Lower Manhattan.
At 19, Cardi B became a stripper. Stripping became her refuge from poverty, abusive relationship, and domestic violence at that time. She claims stripping had a really positive impact on her life as it allowed her to change her dire situation and return to school.
It was not until she was 23 that Cardi B’s professional career began to take shape. In 2015, she joined the VH1 reality TV series, “Love & Hip Hop: New York” but quit after just a year to pursue a career in music fully.
She made her music debut in 2015 on a remix of Jamaican reggae fusion singer Shaggy’s single “Boom Boom”. She followed this up with a music video of the song “Cheap Ass Weave” in December of the same year.
Her first mixtape was released in 2016, and she got featured on the front cover of Vibe Magazine’s ‘Diva’ issue in November of the same year. The following year, her second mix-tape was released. She got signed to Atlantic Records a month after this mix-tape was released and her career finally took off.
Cardi B became a social media sensation after many of her videos went viral on Instagram. Her first single for Atlantic Records titled “Bodak Yellow” was a huge hit and made its way to the top spot of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
This was a huge achievement for Cardi B as she became the first female rapper to hit top spot on the chart with a solo song since Lauryn Hill in 1998. It also made her the 5th female rapper ever to lead the Hot 100.
Her debut studio album titled “Invasion of Privacy” was released on the 6th of April 6, 2018. It topped the US Billboard 200 and received a triple platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Cardi B became the first female artiste to have all tracks from an album certified gold or higher by the RIAA. Her single “I Like It”, which featured Bad Bunny and J Balvin, made her the first female rapper with multiple number one songs on the Hot 100, while her collaboration with Maroon 5, titled “Girls Like You”, extended her stay at the top of the chart. This made her the female rapper with most cumulative weeks at number one.
Cardi B during the course of her career so far collaborated with several top artistes including Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy, Bruno Mars, and several others.
Awards & Achievements
Cardi B has been nominated for and won several awards. Her first two nominations came at the 2017 BET Awards. At the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, she won five awards and followed up with four more awards at 2018 edition.
Cardi B has received seven Grammy Award nominations winning just one. She also has won four Bet Awards, four iHeartRadio Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards and an NRj Music Award.
Also, Cardi B has two Guinness World Records to her name.
Cardi B is Catholic and mentions her strong relationship with God in interviews. She is married to fellow American rapper Offset of the southern hip-hop group Migos.
They started dating in 2017 and got married soon after in a secret ceremony. The couple have a daughter together born on the 10th of July 2018. She is named Kulture Kiari Cephus.
Cardi B’s Net worth
Саrdі В’s net worth is currently put at $12 million. She is believed to earn up to $2 million a year, thanks to her rising career as an artiste. Apart from music, she also earns money from other sources.
In September 2018, Tom Ford released a lipstick line inspired by and named after Cardi B. It sold out within 24 hours. In November of the same year, she partnered with Reebok, promoting the brand’s Aztrek sneaker. Later that same month, she released a clothing line collection with Fashion Nova.
Cardi B also teamed up with Pepsi for two TV commercials that were aired during the Super Bowl LIII and the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Early 2019, she followed the lead of other hip hop stars in releasing her own flavors of popular snack food Rap Snacks.
Cardi B is gradually working her way up the ladder to becoming one of the greatest female rappers of all time. Her story is one that inspires many which is why she enjoys so much love from her fans all over the world.