The Bite Magazine - Summer 2019 - Issue 25

Cardi B Please Me From first appearing on Love & Hip Hop, to ending her turbulent marriage to Offset, Cardi B has had her stripping past, beef with Nicki Minaj, verses and relationship all scrutinised by the media as Samantha Morgan discovers. bite music celeb S he may have captured the media’s attention when she appeared in court again at the end of May on mis- demeanour charges stemming from a fight in a New York strip club last year but rapper Cardi B took it all in her stride when she turned up in an all-pink assemble, al- beit three hours late. Compared to her attendance at Queens Criminal Court last year when the charges first came to light, she played down her appearance in a floppy hat, top and fur coat; but on this occasion the rapper was a picture of glamour in a Salvatore Ferragamo pink suit paired with sky-high heels and a Chanel bag. You could say that Cardi B has come a long way from the young girl born in The Bronx, with an ancestry of Domini- can, Trinidadian and Spanish, who spent a lot of time at her paternal grandmother’s home in Washington Heights. From the age of 16, she was a gang member of the Bloods, and when she turned 19, she become a stripper. Whilst such a vocation may seem negative and derogative in some people’s eyes, for the rapper, it was a positive move for her at the time. “It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping, I went back to school.” And whilst she has never glorified her past, the artist was in hot water recently when a three-year-old Instagram Live video circulated on social media in which she admitted she drugged and robbed men during her days as a stripper in the Bronx. “So, I’m seeing on social media that a live I did 3 years ago has popped back up. A live where I talked about things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a living.” She followed this up by saying in an Insta- gram post that she has never claimed to be perfect or from a perfect world and has always spoken her truth. Causing an uproar on social media, she went on to say, “I made the choices I did at the time because I had very lim- ited options. I have a past that I can’t change, we all do.” But although she offered an explanation, there were some who have compared her ‘wrongdoing’ to those of R. Kelly and Bill Cosby, and have called for her to be cancelled. This