Belcalis Almanzar also known as Cardi B spent many years grinding with her music in hopes of superstardom. In early 2016 she released the mixtape Gansta Bitch Vol. 1, followed by Underestimated: The Album later on that year, she kept her momentum flourishing when she delivered the 2017 mixtape Gangsta Bitch Vol. 2. That same year she rocked the world with "Bodak Yellow" that stil continues to be a mega hit that always sounds good in clubs all around the world. The 25 year old rapper is featured in the latest offering of GQ magazine where she indepthly opens up about all the things it took for her to getting to a place where she excepted her looks, the slow moving train of success, & the moment she met Beyonce.
On the pressures of fame:
“I feel like I’m not in control of my life. [If I wanted to take tomorrow off], I would have to call so many people. I would have to call the label, my management, my publicist. It’s like a partnership. I’m the artist, but I don’t feel like I have a higher position than anybody that’s working for me. If I don’t want to work tomorrow, I cannot just stop working, because then, how’s other people gonna feed their family? It is a lot of pressure.”
“I’m too nervous. I’m too shy. When I met Beyoncé, people be like, ‘How that felt? I bet you was mad happy.’ It’s like, ‘Actually, I wanted to sh*t on myself.’ It was a very scary thing. All she was doing was like, ‘Hi. I love your music.’ And I was like (nervously) “UHHHN!”
On getting butt implants:
On getting butt implants:
“When I was 21, I did not have enough meat on body-if I was to get lipo, I wouldn’t have enough fat for my ass.” So Cardi found a woman in a basement apartment in Queens who would inject her ass with filler. “They don’t numb your ass with anything,” she explains of the process. “It was the craziest pain ever. I felt like I was gonna pass out. I felt a little dizzy. And it leaks for, like, five days.
While Cardi was happy with hers, she planned to return for a touch-up. “But by the time I was gonna go get it, the lady got locked up ’cause she’s supposedly killed somebody. Well”—Cardi clarifies with c’est la vie insouciance—”somebody died on her table.”
On rumors of being affiliated w/ a gang:
“Here’s the thing, I never really wanted to talk about that, because I always wanted a music deal. I always want to keep my endorsements.
When I was 16 years old I used to hang out with a lot of Bloods. … And they’d say ‘Yo you really get it poppin’. You should come home. You should turn Blood.’ And I did. Yes, I did.
“One thing I could say, you could ask any gang member: Being in a gang don’t make you not one dollar. And I know for a fact every gang member, he asking himself, ‘Why did I turn this?’ Sometimes it’s almost like a fraternity, a sorority. Sometimes it’s like that. And sometimes I see people that’s in the same gang kill each other. So sometimes there is no loyalty. Sometimes you gotta do certain things to get higher, to get higher and higher. You’re doing all of that and not making money off of it.
That’s why I don’t talk about it much. Because I wouldn’t want a young person, a young girl, to think it’s okay to join it. You could talk to someone considered Big Homie and they will tell you: ‘Don’t join a gang.’ The person I’m under, she would tell you, ‘Don’t join a gang.’ It’s not about violence. It’s just like-it doesn’t make your money.”
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