Cardi B (born Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar on October 11, 1992) is an American rapper and a social media personality. Born in New York City, she grew up in poverty and became a stripper at age 19 to pay the bills and escape an abusive relationship. After gaining a large social media following on Instagram and Vine. In 2015 she joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop and grew even more in popularity.
She started releasing music in 2015, with her Gangsta Bitch Music mixtapes gaining a good deal of attention. Her popularity exploded in 2017, with her song "Bodak Yellow" hit #1 on the Billboard charts and multiple high-profile features on hit songs, making her the first female rapper to land her first 3 songs in Billboard in the Top 10. She has since been nominated for various awards, including two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song in 2018.
- Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 (2016)
- Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2 (2017)
- Invasion of Privacy (2018)
Tropes associated with Cardi B's works are:
- Always Someone Better: This is how some fans of rap music view Cardi compared to Nicki, musically. It also helps that Cardi won a Grammy at the 2019 Grammy awards. This was what sparked a feud with her and Nicki.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Her Stage Name was chosen due to her nickname being "Bacardi" pre-fame, because her sister's name is Hennessy. She actually used "Bacardi" as a stage name at one point but stopped because of potential legal action on the behalf of Bacardi International. Her Instagram kept being deleted because of trademark issues.
- Bi the Way: As she puts it on "Bodak Yellow"...I might just chill with your baeI might just chill with your boo
- Bilingual Bonus: She's bilingual (English and Spanish) and has included Spanish lyrics in some of her songs. The Latin Trap Remix of "Bodak Yellow" featuring Messiah mixes English and Spanish lyrics together.
- Boastful Rap: The majority of her songs are basically this, including her biggest hit "Bodak Yellow".
- Bronx Rage: Cardi makes absolutely no attempt to downplay her Bronx roots or her boisterous personality. Trying to convince her to do either will only result in mockery.
- Catchphrase: "Washpoppin" and "Shmoney" just to name a couple.
- Cover Version: Bodak Yellow was basically this, as she admitted to stealing the flow from Kodak Black's "No Flockin", hence the title.
- Deadpan Snarker: Cardi has her moments. For instance, that time on Love and Hip-Hop where she was supposed to be taking etiquette classes with a couple of other cast members, but didn't take it seriously and got into exchanges like this...Cardi: My name is Cardi B, and I'm from the Bronx.Interviewer: I want you to go a little bit more in depth about yourself. You're not just Cardi from the Bronx.Cardi (monotone): Hello there. My name is Cardi B, and I am from the Bronx.
- Hidden Depths: Cardi is something of a history buff and loves trivia about U.S. Presidents, especially FDR.
- The Lad-ette: Cardi loves fast cars and Henny as much as any other rapper
- Large Ham: Sing along everyone! WHAT WAS THE REASON?!
- Level Grinding: In a sense, Cardi's career trajectory. She started stripping to make enough money to get away from an abusive relationship, then used that to build up a following on Instagram and Vine. That, in turn, got her enough attention to become a cast member on Love and Hip-Hop: New York, where she further raised her profile, before finally launching her music career—and where most reality stars' attempts at making the jump fail miserably, Cardi not only succeeded, but became the mainstream rapper of 2018, racking up multiple #1 hit singles and winning the Grammy for Best Rap Album for her debut LP.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Depends on your opinion about her.
- N-Word Privileges: Even though it has been heavily debated on whether or not she's Afro-Latina or not, most don't question her usage of the word.
- Non-Appearing Title: Bodak Yellow.
- Pregnant Badass: Kept hitting the studio, shooting videos, and playing massive festivals like Coachella well into her pregnancy.
- Proud Beauty: Cardi has rapped about her sex appeal on numerous occasions. In her most known song "Bodak Yellow", in the seconds verse, she says that her "pussy is gold, tell that lil bitch play her role".
Cardi: Flexing on bitches as hard as I can
- In her song "I like it" not only does she brag about men calling her things like "Spicy Mommy" and "Hot Tamale", she openly admits to flexing on people.
- Later, during the chorus, she says "bad bitch make you nervous", and considering she has called herself a bad bitch before, it's more than likely she's referring to herself here.
- In Bartier Cardi, Cardi takes this trope to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. She talks about diamonds shining all over her body (21 precisely), insults people's intelligence, says that people's partners are attracted to her as though she's Molly (a psychoactive drug that causes euphoria and heighted sensations), admits to having sex with said partners, calls people lame, accuses people of being jealous of her ability to steal people's boyfriends and her rich lifestyle, and excessively flexes on not only her haters but her fans.
- Rhyming with Itself: Be Careful ends four consecutive lines with shit.
- The Rival: The one and only Nicki Minaj. The feud started immediately when Cardi hit the scene but it amplified in the summer of 2018, and went to a breaking point that September when they got into a near physical altercation at the Harper's Bazaar fashion show in New York Fashion Week, which left Cardi leaving with a knot on her head due to Nicki's security.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Cardi B is proud to have been a stripper at one point, excessively mentioning it. She also shows off her boobs too.
- Shout-Out: Let's just say she really enjoys shouting out he husband; Offset (from Migos) In her music.
- Spicy Latina: All of her antics on Love And Hip-Hop and afterwards have cemented this about her.
- Third-Person Person: In some of her songs.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!:
- She was featured on the remix version of Bruno Mars' "Finesse".
- Textbook example in "Girls Like You" with Maroon 5.
- Wolverine Publicity: Within months of the release of "Bodak Yellow" she was all over the radio, appearing as a feature on three Top 10 songs in addition to her own music.
- Word Schmord: Has described herself as a "regular degular schmegular girl from the Bronx." There's also her love of "schmoney".