Cardi B Just Did What No Female Rapper Has Done In 19 Years
Cardi B is officially making "money moves" with her smash-hit "Bodak Yellow" climbing to the top of the charts, marking not only a monumental feat in the Bronx emcee's career but also setting the precedent with her record-breaking single.
"Bodak Yellow" serves as Cardi's debut single under Altantic Records and has steadily climbed the charts since it's June release. Last month, in a sit down with the New York Times the femcee's team predicted a No. 1 victory for the bass-heavy track. As Joanna Nikas reported, after Cardi asked her publicist how they would celebrate "if" the song hit the top of the charts, Cardi was corrected. "Don't say 'if," publicist Patientce Foster said. "When."
The song now marks the first solo woman-fronted rap single to ascend to the top of the charts since Lauryn Hill's 1998 effort "(Doo Wop) That Thing." Ahead of Monday's Hot 100 reveal, J. Cole took to Twitter to congratulate Cardi on her success and offer a word of advice. "Don't put all that pressure on your album," he advised. "You already won."
On Monday (Sept. 25), Cardi held a mock press conference among her family, friends, and label execs. "Yeah, b*tch. I hit number one. What's good?," she addressed the crowd in true New York fashion. "I am very happy, very honored."
"At first, I kept coming to the label like: 'Why is my sh*t not playing on the radio? I do not understand,'" she continued. "Then, it was just like you gotta keep working hard to get that big record."
"I never really saw I was going to hit number one," Cardi candidly explained. "But, once I saw I was that close I was like 'oh my god, I gotta do it!'"
Check out Cardi B's full remarks below.