By Candi Figueroa
In the world of entertainment Cardi B. kept the hits coming in every sense of the word. The reality star turned mega celebrity already had a fantastic 2017, but 2018 made it pale in comparison. Not bad for a “regular-degular, schmegular girl from the Bronx.”
"The reality star turned mega-celebrity already had a fantastic 2017, but 2018 made it pale in comparison."
First there was the release of her first full length album "Invasion of Privacy". The now iconic cover, highlighting her signature tongue curl with oversized sunglasses let us see Cardi in all her glory: uncensored and unbothered by anyone who was throwing shade her way. Then of course there were the multiple collabos she did with everyone from JLo to Selena Gomez. She kept lending verses and her signature Belcalis Almanzar authenticity to multiple hits which helped her start the year with “Finesse” (literally. See: Bruno Mars). With album bangers like quadruple platinum "I Like It" featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin and the ever recognizable “Bodak Yellow”, any rap lover with a pulse can be caught humming one of her tracks.
Cardi performed solo on Saturday Night Live in a white dress moment, confirming all the baby bump chatter, as well as affirming that she was married to Migos member Offset. While the couple recently split it doesn’t stop them from being proud parents to a baby girl they welcomed this summer.
There was also a fair share of Internet and “in real life” drama. First she called out rapper Azalea Banks for bashing her persona and intelligence during a radio interview. "I speak how I speak. I am how I am. I did not choose to be famous people choose me!” Cardi wrote online. Then there was the fight with Nicki Minaj (word has it shoes were thrown and hands flew). Nothing, however, seemed to tarnish the Cardi brand which has been built on keeping it 100.
Cardi capped off her year with five Grammy nominations, three MTV Video Music Awards and collaborated with online retailer Fashion Nova to design original Cardi inspired threads that continue to sell out.
If you think Cardi is limiting herself to the music world. Think again. She recently set Twitter ablaze with her response to the shutdown of the U.S. government and isn't holding back in beef's with conservative political mouth pieces such as Tomi Lahren. Showing this Latina does not suffer fools lightly. As one of 2018’s most streamed artists, perhaps Cardi B. knows best.