Who is the King of New York? is a question New York-centric rap fans have debated over for decades. Although a new generation of self-proclaimed title contenders have emerged, an undisputed champ is steadily earning her claim to the throne. Her name is Cardi B.
Invasion of Privacy, Cardi’s Grammy Award-winning debut, first shook up the world three years ago and her global Bardigang hasn’t stopped rocking to it. The album which housed her diamond certified anthem “Bodak Yellow” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April 2018 and hasn’t left the chart since. It’s now the only rap album crafted by a female artist to stay on Billboard’s top album chart for three years straight.
Cardi’s new music is in high demand also. The 28-year-old rap star’s long-awaited sophomore project is easily one of 2021’s most anticipated albums. Leading up to the release of her forthcoming second album, she shattered records with her Megan Thee Stallion-assisted “WAP.” The sex positive single debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her most recent single, “Up” has also worked its way up the charts to reach the No. 1 spot. Cardi is now featured on as many No. 1 songs as Drake. She’s appeared on five No. 1 songs, which is more than any other female rapper in history.
Cardi performed her latest chart-toppers “Up” and “WAP” for the first time during this year’s Grammy Awards. The steamy performance was one of Music’s Biggest Night’s most talked about moments, garnering both praise and backlash. The “Bronx Season” rapper’s lack of a filter has faced criticisms from Candace Owens, Snoop Dogg and others who have felt that she epitomizes much of what is wrong with America’s young people. But her rawness translates into a realness that connects with listeners and followers. Outspoken and unapologetic, Cardi calls it how she sees it and as a result has become a leading voice in her generation.
You know the vibes if Cardi B is involved. The former Love & Hip Hop: New York cast member has put on for New York City in her music, in times of crisis and even in her latest sportswear collection with Reebok. According to the “Drip Drip” rapper her Cardi B x Reebok “Summertime Fine Collection” was inspired by where the ‘90s Baby first made a name for herself, the streets of New York.
Hate it or love it Cardi B is still on top. The Bronx-bred hip-hop star sits comfortably at the top of the charts, at the forefront of pop culture and in the history books. While several NYC-bred rappers have been talking like they’re kings, Cardi B has been living like a King of New York.
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