Cardi B keeps making money moves, marriage moves, all sorts of moves. The “Bodak Yellow” star and Hip-Hop’s hottest star of the moment landed a cover issue of Rolling Stone, adding to her winning tally for 2017.
Young Bardi is the star of the magazine’s Hot Issue and right away, the brash, no-frills attitude that’s made her a budding icon to many was on full display. In the issue, the Bronx beauty discusses her relationship with Migos’ Offset, the pressure of “Bodak Yellow” and its success, and what she has in store for her album.
From Rolling Stone:
A few hours after the show, Cardi B is back in her hotel room, still wearing her red jumpsuit. She’s curled up in the bed, blankets piled on top of her, talking about the future in a tone that’s almost resigned. “I cannot turn my life back around,” she muses. “I’m already a public figure, I’m famous. … It’s like, I might as well keep it going, might as well make the money. People are always going to talk sh*t – I cannot make myself unfamous.”
She’s faced an impressively varied set of criticisms and unsolicited opinions. She’s been accused of not being a real lyricist (“I’m not trying to be”); of somehow “not being black” because of her Latina heritage and light skin (“It gets to the point that you ask yourself, ‘Damn, what the f*ck am I?'”); of sleeping her way to the top (“I always had sex appeal – and niggas still give me a hard time”). The rapper Azealia Banks has quarreled with her, but Cardi B has tried hard not to play into the narrative that female rappers can’t get along. “It’s not even the female rappers that are catty, it’s the fans,” she says. “They just want that beef.”
Her in-progress album is never far from her thoughts. “I got six, seven solid songs that I like, but I wonder if a month from now, I’m going to change my mind.” All the looming expectations, she admits, are making it harder to come up with songs. “It’s not as fun to do music,” she says. “My mind doesn’t flow as free ’cause I have so much on my mind.”
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