In an upcoming documentary titled “Untold Stories of Hip Hop,” Cardi B has opened up about her experience with sexual harassment.
The lyricist, mum and wife who has always talked about her personal life, spoke about how she was sexually harassed by a photographer during a photoshoot.
According to the award-winning rapper, she could not even believe she was being harassed.
Her words, “I will never forget how I went to shoot for this magazine and the photographer, he was trying to get close to me like, ‘Yeah, you want to get in this magazine?’ Then he pulled his d**k out! I was so f**king mad,”
“I was just like, ‘This is crazy.’”
I was like, ‘[You’re] f**king bugging. You know what? I’m out,’”
“You know what’s so crazy? I told the magazine owner and he just looked at me like, ‘So? And?’”
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and television personality. Born in Manhattan and raised in The Bronx, New York City, she became an internet celebrity after several of her posts and videos became viral on Vine and Instagram. From 2015 to 2017, she appeared as a regular cast member on the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York to follow her music aspirations, and released two mixtapes—Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
Cardi B has since earned three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100; “Bodak Yellow” made her the second female rapper to top the chart with a solo output—following Lauryn Hill in 1998, “I Like It” made her the only female rapper to attain multiple number-one songs on the chart, and her Maroon 5 collaboration “Girls Like You” made her the sixth female artist to achieve three number-one singles on the chart during the 2010s. Her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy (2018), on which the former two songs are included, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, broke several streaming records, and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA. Critically acclaimed, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, making Cardi B the only woman to win the award as a solo artist.
Among her numerous accolades, Cardi B has won a Grammy Award, seven Billboard Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, nine BET Hip Hop Awards, three American Music Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. She is the ninth highest-certified female artist and the highest-certified female rapper on the RIAA’s Top Artists (Digital Singles) ranking, with 31.5 million certified units. In 2018, Time included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar was born on October 11, 1992, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. She is the daughter of a Dominican father and Trinidadian and Spanish mother. She was raised in the Highbridge neighborhood of the South Bronx, and spent much time at her paternal grandmother’s home in Washington Heights, which she credits with giving her “such a thick […] accent.” Almánzar developed the stage name “Cardi B” as a derivation of Bacardi, a rum brand that was formerly her nickname. Cardi B has said she was a gang member of the Bloods in her youth, since the age of 16. However, she has stated ever since that she would not encourage joining a gang. She went on to attend Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology, a vocational high school on the Herbert H. Lehman High School campus.
During her teenage years, Cardi B was employed at an Amish Market in Tribeca. She then began stripping at the age of 19. Upon being fired from the supermarket, her former manager recommended she work at a strip club. Cardi B has said that becoming a stripper was positive for her life in many ways: “It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping I went back to school.” She has explained that she become a stripper in order to escape poverty and domestic violence, having been in an abusive relationship at the time, and that stripping was her only way to earn enough money to escape her dire situation and get an education. She attended Borough of Manhattan Community College before eventually dropping out. While stripping, Cardi B lied to her mother by telling her she was making money babysitting.
Cardi B received her first two nominations at the 2017 BET Awards. She won five awards at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and four more awards at 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards. She has received seven Grammy Award nominations winning one. She has won an ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year award, three American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, an NRJ Music Award, four iHeartRadio Music Awards, four BET Awards, and seven Billboard Music Award. She has earned two Guinness World Records: Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot 100 entries by a female and Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female. She also won an ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year award.