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If you’re a Cardi B fan, then you undoubtedly know that she dropped her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, this past Friday, April 6th. And it was incredible. It included news songs like “She Bad,” as well as epic previously-released singles, like “Bickenhead” and “Bodak Yellow.” You’re also probably aware that Cardi confirmed her much-rumored pregnancy during her April 7th SNL performance — making this a HUGE week for Cardi and her fans.

And in a recent interview for the May issue of GQ, Cardi got extremely real about a subject she seldom opens up about — her past gang affiliations.

“When I was 16 years old, I used to hang out with a lot of Bloods,” she said during the interview. “I used to pop off with my homies. And they’d say, ‘Yo, you really get it poppin’. You should come home. You should turn Blood.’ And I did. Yes, I did.”

She then went on to explain why she rarely speaks about this time in her life.

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She also noted that she’s opening up about gangs — and the dangers of gang life — now for an extremely specific reason. “I already got signed. […] There’s so many things that I limited myself [to talking about] because I wanted a million-dollar contract. When I do interviews, I don’t talk about it, because I will lose my endorsements. But since the cat is out of the bag, that’s how I feel. Why? For what? Why would you join a gang?”

We applaud Cardi’s honesty about such a crucial — and likely difficult — issue, and have a feeling it will definitely make a positive impact.