Cardi B

Belcalis Almanzar better known as Cardi B absolutely won 2017. Not only did she break through into the male dominated world of hip-hop music, but established herself as its most dominant force.

The Dominican-Trini rapper by way of the South Bronx would not be denied in 2017. She started out the year dropping her second mixtape, the second installment to her Gangsta Bitch Music series, by February she had signed with Atlantic records and was opening up for The Lox’s Filthy America… It’s Beautiful Tour, alongside fellow New York City-based rappers Lil’ Kim and Remy Ma.

Some would call it a year after those accomplishments. Yet, Cardi was just getting started. June would serve as the month that would change her life, her record company released her debut single, titled “Bodak Yellow”, by September the single had reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it would stay at #1 for three weeks. The song also reached number one on the Hot Rap Songs chart and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Making her the first Latina rapper to hit #1 on Billboard and becoming the first solo female rapper to accomplish the feat since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

With her collaborations "No Limit" and newly released "MotorSport", she became the first female artist to land her first three entries in the Top 10 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Oh, the success wasn’t just limited to the music charts, you see before the tracks got hot, she was lighting up VH-1 on its Love and Hip-Hop: New York series. Needless to say, when Bodak Yellow became white hot, she became the show’s main attraction.
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2018 looks to be just as bright. She is up for two Grammy awards - Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Bodak Yellow” and will be joining the cast of Gabrielle Union’s Being Mary Jane.

Looks like Ms. B is set to win 2018 as well.

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