Updated: Dec 5, 2020
"Since she blasted onto the hip-hop charts three years ago with her Bronx swagger and explosive rhymes, every win she scores seems to be met by as many fans applauding as those rooting for her downfall, convinced they’ve got her number" - ????
CARDI B FLUFF PIECE
First, the article does the usual fiction storytelling that has been done for Cardi B since Bodak Yellow. There has never any questioning of motives or real critique of Cardi B since her rise. I can't name any other female rapper who has been given such a supportive runway before the Rachel Dolezal of Hip Hop came on the scene.
I guess for an article of this type and considering it's Billboard, we would not expect any of that. But, the pandering is laughable at this point.
When discussing W.A.P., the article says, "In recruiting Megan for the track, and giving up-and-coming M.C.s including Mulatto and Rubi Rose a spotlight in the video, Cardi, 28, makes a point of uplifting other women in hip-hop at a time when the notion that more than one can't succeed at a time still, somehow, persists."
This need to put Cardi B as the U.N.I.T.Y. girl of female rap, without ever bringing up her past attack on another rapper and showing no remorse for her actions, is clown shit. Cardi has been in disputes with several people and yet has been labeled as the problem. No one seems interested in asking obvious questions. The media only seems interested in helping Cardi B with her music rollout plans while jumping at any chance to sabotage the Black female rappers who pose as competition for their chosen one.
"I have one song that is very personal and deep. It’s with another female artist, but even when I was recording it, I had to take a lot of breaks. I was looking at my engineer and he was looking like, “Yeah, Cardi, I feel you.”
Let me say that I am all for growth. However, there is no real growth without acknowledging the wrongdoing and definitely if one is still participating in problematic behavior. Writers who ignore asking the hard questions really do a disservice to their readers.