Cardi B Biography
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, born October 11, 1992, popularly known as Cardi B, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper, social media personality, and former reality star whose commercial debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” topped the music charts in 2017. Cardi B first captured the attention of the world on social media with her tough and candid attitude about life as a stripper.
|Real Name:||Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar|
|Date of Birth||October 11, 1992|
|Place of Birth:||The Bronx, New York|
|Occupation:||Singer, Songwriter and Actress|
|Net Worth||$40 million|
Early Life and Education
Cardi B, born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar on October 11, 1992, was born and raised in The Bronx, New York, and also spent a lot of time with her grandmother in neighboring Washington Heights.
She is of mixed Caribbean descent, with her mother being Trinidadian and her father being Dominican.
She was a member of the Bloods gang during her adolescence and attended Renaissance High School For Musical Theater & Technology. She decided to become a stripper to escape poverty and an abusive relationship, and she has publicly stated how proud she is of her decision.
“It truly saved my life in many ways. I returned to school after I began stripping “She stated.
Cardi B debuted her musical prowess on Jamaican singer Shaggy’s remixed single “Boom Boom” in the fall of 2015.
She released her first mixtape, Gangsta B*tch Music, Vol. 1, in March 2017, and in September she collaborated with other hip-hop artists to produce the KSR Group compilation Underestimated: The Album, which included her single “What a Girl Likes.”
2017 promised even greater opportunities. In February, the rapper not only released her second mixtape, Gangsta B*tch Music, Vol. 2, but she also signed her first major record deal with Atlantic Records.
Cardi B, who is currently on tour, was recognized as a rising star when she was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards.
Cardi B’s commercial debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” which was released in August 2017, became a viral hit, eventually topping the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and going triple platinum.
When “Bodak Yellow” reached No. 1, it made rap history, as the last female solo rapper to do so was Lauryn Hill in 1998 with “Doo Wop (That Thing).”
The American Rapper released her long-awaited debut album, Invasion of Privacy, on April 6, 2018. Along with songs that fans were already familiar with, the album featured collaborations with Migos and 21 Savage.
Because of the earlier success of “Bodak Yellow,” Invasion of Privacy was already eligible for a Gold certification at the time of its release, but within a few days it had already established a new standard for activity on Apple Music, smashing Taylor Swift’s previous record for most streams by a female artist in an album’s first week.
Cardi celebrated another historic moment in July when Invasion of Privacy’s “I Like It” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female rapper to do so twice.
Cardi B released her second collaboration with Mars, “Please Me,” in February 2019, and won the Best Rap Album Grammy for Invasion of Privacy, making her the first solo woman to do so.
Cardi received Album of the Year honors at the BET Awards in June, shortly after the release of another single, “Press.”
The artist made her feature film debut in Hustlers that September, playing a stripper named Diamond alongside Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu.
Cardi B is the recipient of numerous awards, including
- 1 Grammy Award
- 6 American Music Awards
- 8 Billboard Music Awards
- 6 BET Awards
- 14 BET Hip Hop Awards
- 4 iHeartRadio Music Awards
- 2 MTV Europe Music Awards
- 4 MTV Video Music Awards
- 6 Soul Train Music Awards
- 1 NRJ Music Award
- 6 Guinness World Records
Cardi B received the award for ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 2019, the first time the accolade was presented to a female rapper. She received the honor for the second time in 2020, making her the first female songwriter to win the award twice.
In 2020, Cardi became the first female rapper to be named Woman of the Year at the Billboard Women in Music Awards.
Cardi B Net Worth
Cardi B is a talented American singer, songwriter and actress with a net worth of $40 million.
Despite dropping out of school, Cardi B was able to carve her own path to the top, first through social media (via Vine and Instagram), then as a reality star (Love & Hip Hop: New York), and finally as a music industry force.
Cardi B admitted to drugging and robbing men while working as a stripper in an Instagram Live video that went viral in March 2019.
She addressed the issue on social media a few days later but did not apologize, instead writing, “I did what I had to do to survive.”
Cardi B revealed that her name was inspired by the alcoholic beverage Bacardi. “Because my sister’s name is Hennessy, everyone used to call me Bacardi… then I shortened it to Cardi B, and the ‘B’ stands for whatever… depending on the day,” she explained.
Cardi B and Kiari Kendrell Cephus professionally known as Offset met in 2016 and their romantic relationship began in early 2017. They secretly tied the knot on September 20, 2017. News of their wedding didn’t break until June of 2018
The couple’s first child Kulture Kiari was born in July 2018. Cardi said they first met at an industry event and Offset pursued her. “He was very consistent,” Cardi said in a video on her Twitter account.
Cardi B and Offset called it quits in 2020 but they reconciled before the end of the year and welcomed a new child in the fall of 2021. Before the pair announced the birth of their second child, Cardi confirmed her pregnancy with Offset at the BET Awards.
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