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Cardi B
Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), professionally known as Cardi B, is an American hip hop recording artist, as well as a television and social

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This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (June 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Cardi B Birth name Belcalis Almanzar Born (1992-10-11) October 11, 1992 (age 24)
The Bronx, New York, United States Genres
  • Hip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • television personality
  • model
  • actress
Instruments Vocals Years active 2013–present Labels
  • KSR Group
  • Atlantic
Associated acts
  • Offset
  • Josh X

Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), professionally known as Cardi B, is an American hip hop recording artist, as well as a television and social media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx borough of New York City, she first received public attention as an exotic dancer, and coupled with "her no filter attitude," through Instagram she became an internet celebrity. She continued to gain more recognition in 2015, after becoming a regular cast member of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York. In February 2017, Cardi B signed her first solo record deal with Atlantic Records.

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Musical career
  • 3 Television career
  • 4 Other ventures
    • 4.1 Modeling
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 Discography
    • 6.1 Mixtapes
    • 6.2 Singles
    • 6.3 Guest appearances
  • 7 Filmography
  • 8 Videography
  • 9 Awards and nominations
    • 9.1 BET Awards
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links

Early life

Cardi B was born Belcalis Almanzar, on October 11, 1992. She was raised in the Highbridge neighborhood located in The Bronx. As a youth, Cardi B became a member of the Bloods street gang, claiming to have been a gangbanger since the age of 16. She went on to attend Renaissance High School For Musical Theater & Technology, a small specialty school collocated on the Herbert H. Lehman campus. As a teenager she was employed at a supermarket called Amish Market. Upon being fired, she was recommended by her former manager to work at a strip club called Private Eyes. She has said she became a stripper to escape poverty and domestic violence, having been in a abusive relationship at the time. Cardi B has also said becoming a stripper was positive for her life in many ways: "It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping I went back to school." Cardi B said at the time she was involved in an abusive relationship with her then boyfriend, who she lived with in a small Bronx apartment. She said stripping was her only way out, so that she could earn enough money to get out and get an education. However she ended up dropping out of college. Due to her new sudden career path and the expectations it holds, Cardi B turned to cosmetic surgery, getting breast implants and buttock augmentation. In 2013, she began to gain notoriety due to the viral videos she would post on her official Instagram page.

Musical career

On December 15, 2015, Cardi B made her music video debut with the song "Cheap Ass Weave", her rendition of Lady Leshurr's "Queen's Speech 4". On March 7, 2016, Cardi B released her first full-length project, a mixtape titled Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1. In November 2016, Cardi B was featured on the digital cover of Vibe's "VIVA" issue. On January 20, 2017, Cardi B released the second installment to her Gangsta Bitch Music series. In early February 2017, Cardi B partnered with MAC Cosmetics and Rio Uribe's Gypsy Sport for an event for New York Fashion Week. In late February 2017, it was reported Cardi B signed her first major record label recording contract with Atlantic Records.

On February 25, 2017, Cardi B was the opening act for East Coast hip hop group The Lox's Filthy America... It's Beautiful Tour, alongside fellow New York City-based rappers Lil Kim and Remy Ma. In April 2017, Cardi B was featured in i-D's "A-Z of Music" video sponsored by Marc Jacobs. In May 2017, the nominees for the 2017 BET Awards were announced, revealing that Cardi B had been nominated for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. Although she failed to win any awards, losing to Chance the Rapper and Remy Ma respectively, Cardi B performed at the BET Awards afterparty show.

In June 2017, during Hot 97's annual Summer Jam music festival, Remy Ma brought out Cardi B, The Lady of Rage, MC Lyte, Young M.A., Monie Love, Lil Kim and Queen Latifah, to celebrate female rappers and perform Latifah's 1993 hit single "U.N.I.T.Y.", about female empowerment. On June 16, 2017, Atlantic Records released Cardi B's commercial debut single, titled "Bodak Yellow", via digital distribution. In June 2017, it was revealed Cardi B would be on the cover of The Fader's Summer Music issue for July/August 2017.

Television career

In 2015, Cardi B joined the cast of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York, debuting in season six. In December 2016, she announced her decision to leave the cast.

Cardi B appeared on the December 9, 2015 episode of Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne.

On April 6, 2016, Cardi B appeared on the twelfth episode of Khloé Kardashian's Kocktails with Khloé.

In November 2016, it was announced Cardi B would be joining the cast of the BET's Being Mary Jane. Joining the cast as a character named "Mercedes." TVLine describes the character as a "round-the-way beauty with a big weave, big boobs and a big booty to match her oversized, ratchet personality."

On March 13 and April 3, 2017, Cardi B guest-starred on the celebrity panel show Hip Hop Squares.

On July 18, 2017, Cardi B appeared on The Wendy Williams Show.

Other ventures Modeling

As Cardi B rose to prominence she was able to transition from an exotic dancer to modeling.

Personal life

Cardi B identifies as a feminist. She is also a Christian, believing in God and Jesus Christ; she has mentioned her "strong relationship" with God in interviews, often saying that she "talks to him": "If you know me, you know that I have this deep connection to God. Is it crazy for me to say that I used to ask God to please help me? The strip club really helped me. I can say that it saved me…God put that in my way."

Discography Mixtapes List of mixtapes, with year released and selected chart positions Title Album details Peak chart positions US
Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1
  • Released: March 7, 2016
  • Label: KSR
  • Format: Digital download
27 30 20 Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2
  • Released: January 20, 2017
  • Label: KSR
  • Format: Digital download
25 — — Singles List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name Title Year Peak chart positions Album US
"Stripper Hoe" 2016 — — — non-album singles "What a Girl Likes" — — — "Bronx Season" — — — Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2 "Bodak Yellow" 2017 85 35 24 TBA List of singles as a featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name Title Year Peak chart positions Album US US
Rap "Gimme Head Too"
(J.R. featuring Cardi B) 2016 — — — In Due Time "F**k Me Up"
(TJR featuring Cardi B) — — — non-album single "Want My Love Back"
(Cashflow Harlem featuring Cardi B and Ryan Dudley) — — — Rich Thoughts Poor Habits "Island Girls"
(Hood Celebrityy featuring Cardi B, Josh X and Young Chow) — — — non-album singles "She a Bad One (BBA) "
(Red Café featuring Cardi B) — — — "Heaven on My Mind"
(Josh X featuring Cardi B) — — — Guest appearances List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name Title Year Other artist(s) Album "Know the Difference" 2015 N.O. Corleone N/A "Right Now" 2017 PHresher, Loso Loaded TBA Filmography Television Year Title Role Notes 2015–17 Love & Hip Hop: New York Herself Main cast 2015 Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne Herself Season 1, episode: 23 2016 Kocktails with Khloé Herself Season 1, episode: "Khloé Kardashian Spills the Tea" 2017 Being Mary Jane Mercedes Season 4, episode: "Getting Real" 2017 Hip Hop Squares Herself, panelist Season 1, episodes: "Ray J vs Princess Love", "Jessica White vs Joe Budden" 2017 The Wendy Williams Show Herself, guest Season 9, episode: 181 Videography List of music videos as lead artist, showing year released and directors Title Year Director(s) "Cheap Ass Weave" 2015 Renel Jolly "Washpoppin" 2016 Picture Perfect "Red Barz" 2017 Benji Filmz "Foreva" Picture Perfect "Lick"
(featuring Offset) Mazi O. "Pull Up" Benji Filmz "Bodak Yellow" Picture Perfect List of music videos as a featured artist, showing year released and directors Title Year Director(s) "She a Bad One (BBA) "
(Red Café featuring Cardi B) 2016 Red Café "Heaven on My Mind"
(Josh X featuring Cardi B) Mazi O. Awards and nominations BET Awards Year Nominee/work Award Result 2017 Herself Best New Artist Nominated Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Nominated References
  1. ^ Darian Symoné Harvin (2016-06-23). "Cardi B — The Undefeated". Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Cardi B Joins Being Mary Jane Cast". 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Natalia Mantini. "Cardi B on 'Love & Hip Hop,' Haters and Hoeism". Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Cardi B Opens Up About Fashion Designers Rejecting Her". Billboard. 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Cardi B Did It Her Way". The Fader. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Cardi B talks sexuality, society and being straight-up | Dazed". 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 2016-03-21. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  8. ^ "iamcardib on Twitter: "I'm from HIGHBRIDGE"". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Cardi B on Twitter: "Just a bum bitch from Highbridge"". Twitter. 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  10. ^ "iamcardib on Twitter: "Bitch I been a big time Blood since I was 16 sooo fuck is you talking bout ..ya just never peep it "". Twitter. 2017-05-06. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  11. ^ "Cardi B. Blood Anthem Music Video “Red Bars”". 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  12. ^ "iamcardib on Twitter: "Showing ya 17 year old Cardi ...who went to RENAISSANCE HIGH SCHOOL"". Twitter. 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  13. ^ "iamcardib on Instagram: "Anyways who went to Renaissance in Lehman High School ?"". Instagram. 2016-12-03. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  14. ^ "#LHHNY Cardi B. Says She Started Stripping To Escape Domestic Violence". 2016-01-18. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  15. ^ "'Love & Hip-Hop' Star Cardi B Says Stripping Changed Her Life". Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  16. ^ "Cardi B Drops Music Video "Cheap Ass Weave"". VH1. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  17. ^ "Cardi B - "Cheap Ass Weave" - Single by Red Cafe on Apple Music". Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  18. ^ "Consequence “That Dude,” N.O. Corleone Ft. Cardi B “Know The Difference,” Tank “Better For You” & More | Daily Visuals 12.23.15". Hip-Hop Wired. 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  19. ^ "PHresher ft. Cardi B and Loso Loaded – “Right Now”". Hip Hop Vibe. 2017-06-01. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  20. ^ "Cardi B Premieres "Cheap Ass Weave" Video". 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  21. ^ "WATCH: Cardi B - "Wash Poppin"". 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  22. ^ "Cardi B "Red Barz" Video ". 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  23. ^ Darville, Jordan (2016-04-25). "Cardi B Stalks Her Haters In “Foreva” Music Video". The Fader. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  24. ^ "Video: Cardi B feat. Offset – ‘Lick’". Rap-Up. 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  25. ^ "Cardi B "Pull Up" Video ". 2017-05-31. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  26. ^ "Video: Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow’". Rap-Up. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  27. ^ "Watch Red Cafe 'She A Bad One' Music Video with Cardi B". 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  28. ^ "Josh X Releases New Video For "Heaven On My Mind" Featuring Cardi B". The Source. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  29. ^ a b Valentine, Claire (May 15, 2017). "Come, Celebrate Glow Up Queen Cardi B's BET Awards Nominations". Paper. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
External links
  • Official website
  • Cardi B at AllMusic
  • Cardi B discography at Discogs
  • Cardi B on IMDb
  • Cardi B discography at MusicBrainz
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Cardi B Discography Mixtapes
  • Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1
  • Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2
  • "Bodak Yellow"
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  • Love & Hip Hop: New York
  • Being Mary Jane

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