Cardi B is an American rapper, song writer, and television and social media personality. She was born on October 11, 1992 as Belcalis Almanzar of a Trinidadian mother and Dominican father. However, she is most popularly known as Cardi B in the entertainment industry. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York.
Cardi B spent her early years growing up in her grandmother’s house in Manhattan. She claimed to be a member of the Bloods street gang at the age of 16, and attended Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology. At the same time, she worked at an Amish supermarket. By the age of 19, she quit her job at the supermarket and turned to stripping. She said that the decision to work at a strip club was to escape poverty and domestic violence (she was in an abusive relationship at that time).
Due to the expectations of her new job, Cardi B underwent cosmetic surgery for breast implants and gluteal augmentation. Even though working at a strip club allowed her to go back to school, she eventually dropped out of college. In 2013, she gained international fame after her videos and Vines became viral on social media, particularly on Instagram.
Cardi B was able to launch her music career in 2015. She collaborated with Shaggy to do a remixed version of his hit single, “Boom Boom”. She also debuted her music video for “Cheap Ass Weave” on December 2015. A few months later, she released her first full-length project called “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1”. A year later, her second mixtape was released.
But her first major break was in February 2017 when she signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. She opened for The Lox’s “Filthy America… It’s Beautiful” Tour together with fellow New York rappers Remy Ma and Lil’ Kim. Her biggest critical achievement to date is a nomination for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards.
Aside from her musical career, Cardi B also has other ventures in TV and fashion. She was part of the VH1 reality TV series, “Love & Hip Hop: New York”. She has had appearances on The Wendy Williams Show and Hip Hop Squares. She partnered with MAC Cosmetics and Rio Uribe for a New York Fashion Week event, and was also featured in the New York Times Sunday edition Style section in August 2017.