Cardi B sat down for an interview with Vice on Thursday to speak on feminism, growing up in the Bronx, and her successes to this point. The Bronx rapper became a household name in 2017 starting with the success of her infectious Grammy nominated song “Bodak Yellow.” Since then, Bartier Cardi has jumped on tracks with artists like G-Eazy, Bruno Mars, and Juicy J and even landed a commercial spot during the Super Bowl for the Amazon Alexa.
Simply put, Cardi B is on fire.
The 25-year-old rapper opened up to Vice about the influence of minorities in pop culture.
“We are controlling the music industry. We control the fashion world,” Cardi tells Vice.“I don’t give a fuck if the fashion comes from a runway or if a Caucasian woman is walking it, once a colored person wears something, that’s when everybody wants to wear it.”
A similar sentiment has been echoed throughout the Black community. Appropriation of Black culture has been a constant topic of conversation whether its Miley Cyrus adopting Hip-Hop music for personal gain only to later criticize the genre, or Kim Kardashian sporting cornrows and referring to them as boxer braids.
The “Lick” rapper also spoke about how she learned many lessons growing up in the Bronx, New York including a lot of what makes her who she is today. The bars she spits in her multi-platinum hit “Bodak Yellow” is essentially the subject matter that comes from having to be tough growing up in the Bronx which led her to her affiliation with the Bloods.
“I was getting picked on for the way I dressed. I got jumped in the sixth grade real bad and after that, it changed me. It really, really did change me,” says Cardi. “In middle school and high school, it doesn’t matter how tough you are, or it doesn’t matter if you stand for shit, you ain’t nobody if you ain’t in a gang.”
Cardi’s gang affiliation landed her in hot water recently. The “Gangsta Bitch” artist posted an instagram picture wearing a blue fur coat with the caption, “I hate wearing flue” a term deemed offensive to the Crips. After receiving death threats from Los Angeles gang members, Bardi is expected to move with extra security when she visits the west coast.