Cardi B sat down for a maintenance with Vice Thursday to talk about feminism, her childhood in the Bronx, and her successes so far. The Bronx rapper became a household name in 2017, starting with the success of her Grammy-nominated song “Bodak Yellow”. Since then, Bartier Cardi has jumped on tracks with artists like G-Eazy, Bruno Mars, and Juicy J and even landed a commercial spot during the Super Bowl for the Amazon Alexa.
Simply put, Cardi B is on fire.
The 25-year-old rapper opened up to Vice about the influence of minorities in pop culture.
“We control the music industry. We control the fashion world, ”Cardi told Vice. “I don’t care if the fashion comes from a runway or if a Caucasian woman walks it, once a person of color wears something that’s when everyone wants to wear it. “
A similar sentiment was echoed throughout the black community. The appropriation of black culture has been a constant topic of conversation, whether it be Miley Cyrus adopting hip-hop music for personal gain only to later criticize the genre, or Kim kardashian sporting cornrows and calling them boxer braids.
Rapper “Lick” also shared how she learned many lessons growing up in the Bronx, New York, including many of what makes her who she is today. The bars she spits out in her multi-platinum hit “Bodak Yellow” are basically the topic that just grew up in the Bronx, which led to her affiliation with the Bloods.
“I got harassed for the way I dressed. I jumped really badly in sixth grade and after that it changed me. It really, really changed me, ”Cardi says. “In middle school and high school, it doesn’t matter how tough you are, or whether you stand up for shit, you’re a nobody if you’re not in a gang.”
Cardi’s gang affiliation recently put her in hot water. Artist “Gangsta Bitch” posted an instagram photo wearing a blue fur coat with the caption “I hate wearing smoke,” a term deemed offensive to the Crips. After receiving death threats from Los Angeles gang members, Bardi is expected to move with additional safety when she travels to the West Coast.