In just one short year, Cardi B. has exploded from D-list reality TV star to having the #1 song in the country with “Bodak Yellow”.
Born Belcalis Almanzar, Cardi B. is an American rapper, songwriter, television and social media personality, and actress. Born and raised in the Bronx, Cardi began a career as an exotic dancer and began to receive relative fame through her social media accounts.
In 2015, Cardi became a regular cast member of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York. Two years later, Cardi signed her first major label record deal with Atlantic Records.
Her debut single for Atlantic, titled “Bodak Yellow”, reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 25, 2017.
Cardi B. Net Worth as of 2019: $5 Million
Cardi B., who signed a record deal with Atlantic Records, is worth approximately $5 million.
Before her fame, Cardi B claims she was a member of the Bloods street gang, saying she was a gangbanger since the age of 16.
She began a career as an exotic dancer in New York City at 19-years-old. She has said she became a stripper to escape poverty and domestic violence, having been in an abusive relationship at the time.Cardi B has also said becoming a stripper was positive for her life in many ways: “It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping I went back to school.”
In 2013, she began to gain notoriety due to several of her videos going viral on social media, namely Vine and her official Instagram page.
In 2015, Cardi B joined the cast of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York, debuting in season six.
In November 2015, Cardi B made her musical debut on Jamaican reggae fusion singer Shaggy’s remix to the latter’s single, “Boom Boom”. Then in December of 2015, she made her music video debut on a song called “Cheap Ass Weave”.
On March 7, 2016, Cardi B released her first full-length mixtape, titled “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1.”
In November 2016, she was featured on the digital cover of Vibe magazine’s “Viva” issue.
On January 20, 2017, Cardi B released her second full-length mixtape, which is the second installment to her Gangsta Bitch Music series.
In February 2017, Cardi B partnered with MAC Cosmetics and Rio Uribe’s Gypsy Sport for an event for New York Fashion Week. Cardi then signed her first major record deal with Atlantic Records.
Cardi B guest-starred on the celebrity panel show Hip Hop Squares, appearing on the March 13 and April 3, 2017 episodes.
In April 2017, she was featured in i-D’s “A-Z of Music” video sponsored by Marc Jacobs.
In May 2017, Cardi B was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards.
On June 16, 2017, Atlantic Records released Cardi B’s commercial debut single, titled “Bodak Yellow”.
On September 25, 2017, “Bodak Yellow” reached #1 on the Billboard charts.
Known for his unique rapping skills, Cardi B. will be traveling to parts of Minneapolis, Indio, and Louisville to showcase his abilities on the mic to the live audience.
Cardi B will take over the new Las Vegas club, KAOS, an amphitheater-style dayclub and a nightclub in Sin City, Las Vegas that will inaugurate in April.