What is Cardi B's most successful song
Cardi B raps on her debut album "Invasion of Privacy". As a self-description in one sentence, you can leave it that way for now. On Monday night, the 26-year-old artist was awarded a Grammy for best rap album - the first female solo artist since the award was introduced in 1995. The only other woman to have received the trophy so far was Lauryn Hill in 1997 , but as part of the rap group Fugees.
Hip-hop is still a male-dominated genre in 2019 as well. Men occupy the key positions, are rappers, producers, the male gaze shapes language and aesthetics. Violence against women is just as much a part of the lyrics as the oversexualization of black female bodies in particular. The special thing about Cardi B is that she is not out to smash these misogynist structures. On the contrary: it adapts it and reinterprets it in its favor. So she stages herself as part of the hypercapitalist game, in which sexual attractiveness and availability are only goods and status symbols. At the same time, she demands her part in this narrative - as a black woman who is the active protagonist and not just a decorative accessory.
Best recognizable in the video for her current single "Money": banknotes flutter, sequins glitter, woman's buttocks in tight tights. All the clichés are fulfilled, but something is missing: the men. Instead Cardi B, breastfeeding a baby between creaking and coal. The rapper succeeds in withdrawing machism and sexism from a cosmos played almost exclusively by men. What remains? The depiction of excessive wealth as a symbol of financial independence. Kind of a life theme from Cardi B.
"Since I started using guys, I've been feeling so much better"
Her biography is a classic American rise story. Born Belcalis Almanzar, Cardi B grew up in the Bronx to a Trinidadian mother and Dominican father. Because her partner abuses her, she starts working as a stripper in order to be able to afford her own apartment. This urge for independence and self-determination becomes the driving force in the life and in the art of Cardi B. On Instagram, she becomes the meme queen, then she makes the leap onto reality TV, where she attracts attention with striking slogans ("Since I started have to use types, I feel so much better. So damn powerful "). Cardi B starts rapping and releases two mixtapes without the backing of a big label. A deal with Atlantic followed, followed by the breakthrough in 2017 with the song "Bodak Yellow", which became the rap hit of the summer. Cardi B is the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill to land at number one on the US charts.
Your award at the Grammys, the most important US music award, is just a consolation prize. The best rap album is a second class category, Cardi B was also nominated for "Best Album" and "Best Recording", two of the most important awards of the evening; but here she was left behind. Still, a rapper who beats rivals like Pusha T, Travis Scott, and the late Mac Miller is a sensation for the industry.
With her staging of self-determination, Cardi B stands in the tradition of artists such as Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj. Women like her are changing the genre from within. But Cardi B also reproduces problematic things: In recent years, she has been repeatedly criticized for comments about homosexuals and trans people. When asked about this, Cardi B was remorseful, but did not really apologize in any of the cases. Your story also makes it clear that anyone who has experienced discrimination is not immune from discriminating against them.
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