Cardi B and her fans just can't seem to handle any comparisons between her come-up and that of fellow Bronx rapper Ice Spice. But boy, oh boy, when Cardi B took to Instagram Live to narrate her come-up story, I was reminded of her cluelessness. It's almost as if she has no idea how lucky—or should I say privileged—she truly is. And hey, the same can be said for Ice Spice, too.
Below is a quick summary of Cardi B's come-up:
2015: Became a Reality TV Star On Love & Hip Hop New York
2016: Drops First Mixtape: Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1
2016: Dropped "Underestimated: The Album"
2017: Dropped Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2
2017: Signs w/ Atlantic Records - Drops Bodak Yellow
2017: Starts Fcking Offset At The Height of Migos Success
2017: The Breakfast Club encourages listeners to catapult "Bodak Yellow" to number one FOR THE CULTURE!
2018: Drops Invasion Of Privacy
2018: And let's not forget the pinnacle of her career, when she decided to throw a shoe at Nicki Minaj, fully supported by the industry. I doubt this made it easier for rap girls to attend fashion events.
So, within just three short years, Cardi B went from being a reality TV star whose manager suggested she try rapping to someone who could brazenly attempt to physically assault a rap legend without facing any consequences. How, Sway?
Let's be honest; regardless of whether you're a fan of Nicki Minaj or not, she was undeniably a rap
legend at the time. Meanwhile, Cardi B was experiencing her own moment, much like Ice Spice. This was pre-Grammy win Cardi, and what did we witness? Not only were there no attempts to blackball her or hinder her progress but she was actually rewarded and championed by the industry. Remember those "Poke The Bear" narratives that conveniently placed the blame on Nicki for the attack? There's nothing organic about that kind of power and influence so early in one's career.
So, for those out there whining about Elliot Grainge or claiming that Ice Spice is getting some unprecedented special treatment, you're being willfully ignorant—and I don't like that (in my Yung Miami voice). Ice Spice is receiving a similar industry push, albeit without the reality TV show, violence, and a rapper boyfriend in the equation, just like Cardi B. In fact, I'd argue that Ice Spice's push isn't as overboard as what we witnessed with Belcalis. But hey, that probably has something to do with Ice Spice not being embroiled in a beef with another female rapper that revolves around gathering stats and petty "First" titles.
And to those trying to divert the discussion toward who has the better career, just STFU. Nobody—well, at least not me—is saying Ice Spice currently has a better career than Cardi B. I'm simply pointing out the strikingly similar levels of industry backing. Most other girls don't get this treatment, so all you muthafckaz doing the crybaby - get a pacifier.
*Stop bringing up those mixtapes like they were "Beam Me up Scotty." The EP and album are the new mixtapes - Like...?
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