Cardi B Questions Her View From The Top: “Fame Ain’t What It Seems”

Emily Gadsby
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Cardi B rose to the top of the rap game faster than you can say “money moves.” 

The South Bronx rapper’s journey to superstardom on a road paved with empty Louboutin boxes and viral catchphrases was a well-thought out transition from stripper, to Instagram celebrity, to hip-hop hitmaker. After dropping two fire mix tapes in only six months (“Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and 2”) the rapper’s unique flow and established social media fanbase gained the attention of Atlantic Records executives.

Eventually signing a deal worth millions, the former reality television star was free to live out her “Bodak” dream of hitting the store and getting both bags of red bottoms without having to choose just one.

After her debut single “Bodak Yellow” made history after hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the #bardigang train showed no sign of stopping. Just three weeks later, “Bodak” broke the record for the longest-running No. 1 single by a solo female rapper, ever.

With sizzling and critically-acclaimed live performances to supplement her record-breaking accomplishments and a rock-solid beau in Migos rapper Offset, it seems like Cardi isn’t capable of catching Ls. However, the dark underbelly of fame and life in the public eye seems to be catching up to the “Lick” rapper, as seen in a series of recently published Tweets.

In the series of messages shared with her 1.2 million Twitter followers, Cardi shared that life on the road can be isolating no matter the pay day associated with the lifestyle, a sentiment she echoed before in a now-deleted IG live video.

“People are forcing me to be fake and I’m not a fake bitch,” she said. “I’m a prisoner to the fame. I’m making so much money and I’m mad f—ing miserable.”

Following her emotional outburst, the rapper took to Instagram to tell her fans that “Bodak Yellow’s” latest top-of-the-chart accomplishment snapped her out of her funk. “I been having such a sentimental sad day today, but I feel sooo much better now,” she wrote.

Head up, Cardi B. Remembe: You’re a boss now.


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