It’s official: The Bronx-born rapper Cardi B, with her “tell it like it is” attitude, is not a novelty act. Her quick ascent to fame, coupled with her viral debut single after signing with Atlantic Records, “Bodak Yellow,” had some people questioning whether or not she would be a one hit wonder. A lot of those conflicting opinions centered around her come up in the industry. To some, it was almost unbelievable that a stripper was able to capitalize off of her personality, build a solid social media empire, leave dancing behind, and pivot to a full time music career. While it may now be easier to change your life with the help of social media, Cardi B’s story is unique—a fact that cannot be ignored.
Quite a few moments have let people know that the rapper isn’t going anywhere. For starters, Cardi was nominated for two Grammys in January, got featured in an Amazon Super Bowl commercial, and was deemed one of the most influential people in the game by Time. In the magazine’s brief writeup about the rapper in their list of 2018’s Most Influential People, Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson closed the piece by writing, “Cardi B’s here to stay, baby, and I’m happy to be a witness.”
I, too, am happy to witness the rise of a woman who embodies many of the things society tells us not to be. And her success is not all in my head, either.
Cardi B has broken big records in the music industry, further proving her dominance and talent.
Here are all of the times the Invasion of Privacy rapper has set new records for the music industry…so far.
1Cardi is the first solo female rapper to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in nearly 20 years.
“Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B’s first single from her debut album Invasion of Privacy, was all over the radio last year. I couldn’t go more than 20 minutes without hearing it blare from a car on the streets of New York. But it was much more than a fun summer song. In October 2017, it was announced that Cardi B had reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The last woman to do this was Lauryn Hill in 1998.
2She currently wears the crown for most simultaneous Billboard U.S. Hot 100 entries by a female artist.
After slaying the stage at Coachella, Cardi B broke a record set by the one and only Beyoncé. According to Guinness World Records, Cardi currently has the most simultaneous Billboard U.S. Hot 100 entries by a woman. Queen Bey’s Lemonade cranked out 12 entries, while the rapper’s debut album (plus a track with Bruno Mars) gave her a baker’s dozen of number one hits. Who said 13 is an unlucky number?
3Cardi broke another Queen Bey record.
Get this: Bardi also became the woman with the most simultaneous Billboard U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries. Drippin’ in finesse, indeed.
4The rapper broke records on Apple Music twice.
When Cardi released Invasion of Privacy on Atlantic Records, it gained 100 million streams on Apple Music in its first seven days of being available to the public—breaking the record for most first-week plays for a female artist on Apple Music and surpassing previous record holder, Taylor Swift. Eventually, Invasion of Privacy earned the title of Apple Music’s fifth most streamed album of all time.
5She has since become the first woman in hip hop to have three number one songs on the Billboard charts.
This past summer, Cardi’s cross-cultural hit, “I Like It,” blew up and hit number one. This time was maybe even more special than her last record-breaking chart topper, since the rapper became the first female hip hop artist to reach number one twice. She exceeded Lil’ Kim, Shawnna, Lauryn Hill, and Iggy Azalea, according to Billboard. Cardi also shared this success with Latin acts J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who received their first number ones for “I Like It”.
But third time is a charm, right? When Maroon 5 released their pop jam, “Girls Like You,” in May 2018, they recruited Cardi B for the remix and released a video (that was recorded in the midst of Cardi’s highly publicized pregnancy). Then, on September 24th, the Cardi-featuring track reached number one. Cardi broke her own record, y’all. She is the first female rapper to have three number ones on Billboard’s singles chart.
Keep going, Cardi.