When Cardi B first came out onto the scene I resisted with such intensity; shoot I was still holding out for Lil Kim and Lauryn Hill to make an epic come back. But soon I realized that I needed to stop living in the past and start living in the now and recognize that Cardi is seriously a bad motherf*cker.
What makes her so ill? Well here are my 5 reasons why she’s such a bad b*tch:
- She lives with no regrets. Cardi B has a past and has always readily admitted that she was a stripper. She doesn’t allow her past to define her but knows how it has helped her become who she is today. “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on. Just because somebody was a stripper don’t mean they don’t have no brain.” We all have a past and that past should not be filled with guilt or shame but help uplift ourselves to become a better version of who we are meant to be.
- She’s unapologetic and honest. Let’s be real, Cardi says whatever comes to her mind and she has been brutally honest with the mistakes in her life. In March 2019, a video resurfaced on the Internet explaining how she used to drug and rob the men she used to strip for. (I want to first point out that I do NOT condone this but I will not judge her here since this is a judge free platform). When the video resurfaced she has stated that she regrets some of the choices she has made in her life but had to do what she had to do. “I never glorified the things I brought up in that live , I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.” Even if we do make mistakes, we acknowledge them and then try to move past them by making better choices. I respect that about her and her ability to not back down when confronted by criticism.
- She’s living the life she has always wanted. Money has been a big deal in Cardi B’s life and what better way to explain her love of money but through her lyrics and videos. She’s manifested whatever she has been given by thinking about it, breathing it and living it. We should only focus on the things we want and not on the things we do not.
- She’s supporting people that has helped her along the way. One person who I highly respect in Cardi B’s circle is her nail technician/artist Jenny Bui. Jenny Bui is a refugee from Cambodia that has been self made through the creation of her nail art. When she first met Cardi B she knew she was going to be famous and figured Cardi might forget about her. Fast forward five years later and Jenny Bui is still repping Cardi’s nails. Always remember the people who have supported you and encouraged you along the way; whether it was through their brutal honestly or tough love, you have to give it to people who believed in you before anyone else would.
- She stands up for what she believes in. In recent days Cardi B posted an instagram post with a picture of Ilhan Omar, a Congresswomen from Minnesota who became a naturalized citizen of the United States in the year 2000, with the caption “You know you that bitch when you cause this conversation”; in response to President Trump’s tweets. Regardless of your politically affiliation, Cardi B uses her platform to fight and speak about topics that she cares about. If you have the ability to help others and help the world, why not do it?
So let’s all take a chapter out of Cardi B’s book and learn to better ourselves in our own way. We all have the potential to be great, but we must first act like we have the potential.
“I think us bad bitches is a gift from God (gift from God); I think you broke hoes need to get a job (get a job); Now I’m a boss, I write my own name on the checks (Cardi); P*ssy so good, I say my own name during sex.” – Cardi B, I Do lyrics