Men have traditionally dominated the rap music scene but in recent years, there has been an influx of talent from female rappers in the world. A lot of them are now multi-million dollar earners because of their highly successful songs, albums and music videos. Take Cardi B, for instance. She is still fairly new to the music industry, but Cardi B’s net worth is actually quite high.
Cardi B is undeniably one of the most influential rap artists in the world today, but it wasn’t really an easy journey for her. Read on to find out about her early life, the beginnings of her music career, and how she got to where she is today.
The world knows her as Cardi B today but this famous rapper’s real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar. She used to go by the nickname of Bacardi, hence the moniker Cardi B is a play on that name.
She was born on the 11th of October 1992 in New York City and grew up in the South Bronx. Her mother Clara is from Trinidad and Tobago and her father Carlos is from the Dominican Republic. She has seven siblings, including the model and social media influencer, Hennessy Carolina.
Cardi B attended the Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology but she lost her way afterwards. She joined the Bloods gang when she was 16 years old, which is something that she does not encourage.
When she was 19 years old, she worked as a stripper. Although it sounds bad, Cardi B says that stripping actually allowed her to escape from the harsh realities of her life at the time, specifically domestic abuse and poverty.
Stripping enabled her to make enough money to get back into school, and that’s exactly what she did. Cardi B enlisted at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, but eventually dropped out.
Beginnings of Music Career
Before Cardi B became the rap music sensation that she is today, she was already quite famous as an Internet personality because of her viral posts on Vine and Instagram. In 2015, she became a regular cast member of Love & Hip Hop: New York, a VH1 reality TV show.
At about the same time, she released Gangsta Bitch Music Vol 1 and Vol 2. These are her first two mixtapes. At this time, Cardi B’s net worth was only around $400,000.
In February 2017, shortly after the release of her second mixtape, Cardi B was signed by Atlantic Records, joining the ranks of huge names in the rap industry, like Nicki Minaj. This simple move more than doubled her net worth, which became $1.5 million just like that. In the same month, Cardi B struck a deal with MAC Cosmetics and Gypsy Sport to perform at an event at the 2017 NY Fashion Week.
Album Launch and First Single
In 2018, Cardi B launched her first studio album called Invasion of Privacy, which immediately shot to the top spot on the Billboard 200. This album won her the Grammy for Best Rap Album of a solo rap artist, making her the only female to win the award to date. More importantly, the album sold more than 3 million copies around the world.
This milestone album contained two singles that made number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The first single Bodak Yellow was certified by the RIAA as a diamond song. The other single I Like It got the American rapper on the top spot multiple times. After the release of the album, Cardi B’s net worth increased to $8 million.
Bodak Yellow had actually been released a year earlier as a single through digital media, earning Cardi B a lot of recognition and a lot of firsts. It was the first solo single by actually a female rapper to rise to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in almost 20 years. Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop was the last single to achieve that milestone.
The song also stayed number one for 3 weeks and tied with Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift. It also made Cardi B the first Dominican to ever top the Billboard charts. Best of all, it was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the Grammy Awards.
In 2020, Cardi B made waves once again after the immensely successful single WAP. It featured Megan Thee Stallion, another American rapper. The music video that accompanied the song was directed by Colin Tilley and had a massively successful debut on YouTube. The song immediately rose to the top of the Global Spotify charts, and also debuted at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
With these achievements, Cardi B became the female rap artist with the most singles at the top spot. It also had 93 streaming units, smashing Ariana Grande’s record for 7 Rings.
Other Entertainment Gigs
Not many might realize it but Cardi B has also tried her hand at acting. In 2019, her first film, Hustlers, was released where she played a major role opposite Hollywood big-times Jennifer Lopez, Lili Reinhart, and Constance Wu in an all-female crime movie.
Cardi B was also one of the judges for Rhythm + Flow, a hip-hop talent search show on Netflix that consisted of 10 parts. She was also one of the executive producers of this series. The show premiered on the streaming platform in October 2019.
Cardi B’s Net Worth Today
Today, Cardi B’s net worth amounts to $40 million, making her the fourth richest female rapper today. Not bad at all, especially considering that she has barely been in the business for half a decade!
In the list, Cardi B trails behind the much more established rap star Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot. She may have had rough beginnings but today, Cardi B earns no less than $450,000 for a performance and has also been reported to earn as much as $900,000 for a single show.
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