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What I learned from Cardi B

Posted by Nicole Jocleen on September 26, 2017 at 11:30 PM

Have you ever heard the saying, “favor ain’t fair”? What about, “what God has for me it is for me”? Both are common sayings amongst church folks and both apply to the surprising rise of rapper/Love & Hip Hop star Cardi B. I don’t mean surprising in an insulting nature, I mean that I am…well… just surprised.

According to Billboard.com, Cardi B is the first female rapper to rule without any other billed acts since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

That’s surprising right? Here’s why…

1. She was on Love & Hip Hop.

I don’t mean this as an insult either because no one loves that show and concept more than I do. Though I am aware of the naysayers that say it is scripted and ratchet and where music careers go to die. While there may be some truth to that negative perspective in this case it birthed one of the most amazing hip hop come ups that I’ve ever been privileged enough to witness.


2. We had Nicki and Remy.

I just find it interesting how Remy was trying to take Nicki’s spot and Nicki was trying to defend her spot. All the while, not knowing that Cardi B was preparing to do something that neither one of them had done. I’m not trying to compare Cardi’s career to theirs because I definitely think it’s a little too early for that but I can’t help but wonder what they are thinking right now. Better yet what is DJ Self thinking?

3. She just started rapping.

In all honesty I don’t know when Cardi started rapping but I do remember on Love & Hip Hop, her wanting DJ self to help her with her music. I also remember after that season she started releasing music. I just checked YouTube and the earliest music release that I could find under the name Cardi B was released a year ago. For the sanity of every other female rapper in the world I hope that is not the case, if so that’s crazy! I applaud all the female rappers that have not cast any negative vibes publicly Cardi’s way because that really shows growth in our cultural. I think it’s safe to say that we need all the unity we can get, but I can imagine the venting sessions that have went on behind closed doors about this girl’s success.

4. Why her?

We chose Cardi B. Something about Cardi B made us say this is who we are going to support. She is the fan favorite. Writing this made me think about all the other female rappers that appeared on Love & Hip Hop and I wonder why we didn’t choose them? I think about Sisterhood of Hip Hop and where is their support? The thing is the industry supported Cardi. The industry posted videos of themselves dancing to Bodak Yellow and of course we mimic the industry. One thing that I’ve learned from watching reality TV is that the world is small and the music industry is even smaller. All of these people know each other, so where’s their support? In the 90s it was about having one female that represented a crew of guys. It seemed kind of chauvinistic at the time, but at least they had guaranteed support. Nowadays these female rappers have no PUBLIC support. I’m sure there are a lot of people that tell them how dope they are when they see them face to face but what’s that’s doing for their careers. I just hope that we are getting back to the time in hip hop where successful female rappers all had careers at the same time and it wasn’t a one at a time type situation. I think there’s room for Nicki, Remy, Cardi, 3D Na’Tee, Brianna Perry, Mz 007, Miillie Mesh and whoever your favorite is to be here together all at the same time. I would encourage any female rapper as I encourage myself by saying, all things in God’s timing. God has not forgotten about you. This is Cardi’s time and soon you will have yours and when you do you will want the same love that she is receiving. God bless.

Categories: Motivation

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