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How Cardi B went from Bronx stripper to your girl’s favorite artist

The world watched as Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” topped the Billboard 100 list for over three weeks in 2017, making her the longest running female rapper to reign on the chart since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998.

Now Cardi has claimed her place on the hip-hop throne. She has collaborated with well known hip-hop and R&B names such as Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Kehlani, Migos, and many more, releasing banger after banger.

Cardi’s most attractive quality hasn’t been her moves in the music game, but the fact that she has been the realest person in the music industry. Since her days on Love and Hip Hop, she has touched many hearts and accumulated a following that brought her to her rightful spot on the top.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Cardi knows she’s now famous for life.

“I cannot turn my life back around. I’m already a public figure, I’m famous. It’s like, I might as well keep it going, might as well make the money. People are always going to talk shit – I cannot make myself unfamous.”

We watched her go from a stripper living in the projects to a multi-millionaire in what seemed to be overnight. Cardi has been open about her climb out of poverty and her adjustment to her new life with money.

At the end of the day, the most illuminating part about Cardi’s story is the feeling it gives us all — hope.

Cardi serves as a reminder to everyone that being yourself is all you can do in the world, and that eventually, by being you and doing what you love, you have every opportunity to make it to where you need to be.