The release of Cardi B’s new album has catapulted her to a level of fame she probably never imagined. The famed rapper’s debut album Invasion of Privacy debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and it still looks like she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Needless to say, life has definitely changed for the better for Cardi B but many may not know even half of her story. Many members of Cardi’s beloved Bardi Gang know that life wasn’t always like this for the “Bodak Yellow” rapper and now photos from her past are circulating.Fans are definitely freaking out about the distinct difference in Cardi’s old look compared to how she looks now. In addition to the photos, details about Cardi’s rise to fame have also been highlighted.
Life Before Fame:
Born on October 11, 1992, Cardi B. is the daughter of a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother. Just years before Cardi B’s rise to fame, she was a normal teen like any other. Attending Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology, Cardi has always been drawn to the stage. In fact, her first stellar performance was at the age of 16 when she performed Lady Gaga’s hit “Bad Romance” for a school talent show. Even then, it was obvious Cardi had musical talent but there was often one issue that held her back.
Performing In School Talent Show
Fader previously reported about Cardi B’s high school life and how bad things were for her, academically. “She was often cast in school musicals, only to be kicked out for her bad grades, which she attributes to being a ‘loopy’ person — that is, someone who always had to be in the loop, a popular girl who chose her friends over school … Her strict mom wouldn’t allow her to go to parties at night, so she went to them during the day.”
During her high school yeares, she was also involved in gang-related activity. In fact, she took to Twitter to clap back at a fan about her gang affiliation. “B**ch, I been a big time Blood since I was 16 sooo f**k is you talking bout … ya just never peep it.”
Her poor academic performance ultimately led to problems with her having the privilege to perform in school musicals. However, the desire for the stage never went away. After high school, Cardi B’s life took a turn toward the fast lane and she ended up starting a career she was more than sure her strict mother would disapprove of, but as a hustler solely focused on surviving, Cardi B. was willing to do what she had to do to make it.
Life As A Stripper:
During an interview with Complex magazine, Cardi recalled how she went from being a grocery store worker to a full-blown stripper. She admitted her manager at the grocery store actually suggested it after she was fired from the store. To Cardi’s surprise, strip clubs weren’t exactly as she’d imagined.
“The manager from the Amish Market place said, ‘You’re so pretty and you have such a nice body. Why don’t you go across the street and work at Private Eyes?'” Cardi B wasn’t convinced. “When I was young I used to think in the strip clubs you have sex,” she said. “He’s like, ‘No, you just do lap dances and this and that.'”
In 2015, Cardi decided to step away from the strip club to focus on her rap career. She admitted the direction her career was going in was quite different from life in the strip club. At the time, she admitted she made the decision because her career was “taking a different path.” She said, “I’m focusing on music now. I always felt like I could do music.”
Rise To Fame:
After releasing “Bodak Yellow” in the summer of 2017, Cardi B’s career skyrocketed and social media only helped her career to flourish. Fans quickly gravitated to Cardi B on social media because she’s always kept it real and offered brutally honest truth. She’s gained a reputation tellin’ it like it is and fans love her for that. “When I started doing videos and everything, I just took a camera and was like, talking about how corny guys are, how corny b****es are. Just doing jokes that I do with my friends. A lot of people when they meet me will be like, you are just like your Instagram video. I’m like, b**ch I know. That’s who I am. I’m not trying to be funny for Instagram.” In less than a year, Cardi B has gone from 1 million to 17.8 million followers on Instagram. With a massive following and a successful album, it looks like Cardi B is on track to becoming a rap legend. Congrats to Cardi B.