Cardi B's Come-Up In 26 Photos

By Rose Wythe

April 5, 2018

2017 was arguably the Year of Cardi B – she fully integrated herself into the pop culture vernacular after making waves on radio with her single “Bodak Yellow.” But that’s not to say she wasn’t well on her way before then – a memorable stint on “Love & Hip Hop” officially kicked off her career in the public eye just a few years after she established herself as an online personality. In honor of today’s release of her highly anticipated debut album Invasion of Privacy we put together a detailed timeline of her life – from her humble Bronx beginnings to taking the SNL stage – and her impressive career thus far. Read on!

1. Cardi B was born Belcalis Almanzar on October 11, 1992 in the Bronx, NY.

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2. She attended the Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology in the Bronx.

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3. Cardi worked at an Amish supermarket until she was fired at 19.

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4. She then turned to stripping per a recommendation from her former manager.  She credits it as a positive experience, telling VladTV, “It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping I went back to school.”

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5. She attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

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6. Cardi kept it real all across social media, going viral on Vine and Instagram due, in part, to her no-holds-barred attitude, refusal to shy away from more scandalous and salacious topics, and hilarious delivery. 

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7. She quit stripping on her 23rd birthday and released a remix of the Shaggy track “Boom Boom.”

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8. Cardi joined the cast of “Love & Hip Hop” in 2015 and almost instantly becomes the franchise’s breakout star.

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9. She dropped her first single “Stripper H**” in 2016.

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10. Cardi released her first mixtape, Gangsta B*tch Music, Vol. 1, on March 7, 2016.

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11. She announced her decision to leave “Love & Hip Hop” in December 2016.

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12. Cardi dropped another mixtape called Gangsta B*tch Music, Vol. 2 as the second installment to its predecessor on Jan. 20, 2017.

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13. She signed with Atlantic Records in June 2017.

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14. In June 2017, she released her first single, “Bodak Yellow” — a play off of Kodak Black’s name, an inverse that she’s included in much of her music (like “Bartier Cardi.”)

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15. On Sept. 25, 2017, “Bodak Yellow” makes history: It hits the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, not only dethroning Taylor Swift, but making Cardi B the first solo rapper to score the top spot since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

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16. “Bodak Yellow” would go on to be 5x platinum. Dayum.

17. In October 2017, Cardi won five out of her nine BET nominations.

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18. In late October, Offset, Cardi’s longtime boyfriend, proposed to her onstage with a jaw-dropping $500,000, 8-carat ring.

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19. In November 2017, Cardi gets nominated for two Grammys.

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20. In December, Cardi drops her second single, “Bartier Cardi,” with 21 Savage. This one goes platinum, because duh.

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21. In early January, footage surfaces of Offset allegedly cheating on Cardi. Cardi replies by acknowledging the situation and that she’s pissed about it, but staying in the relationship.

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22. On Jan. 24, 2018, Bruno Mars’ “Finesse (Remix)” features Cardi B. Unsurprisingly, the single was certified 2x platinum and made it into the Top 5 on the BIllboard Hot 100. They later performed the song together at the 2018 Grammys.

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23. In February 2018, she sat right next to Anna Wintour during New York Fashion Week.

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24. In March 2018, she won Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist at our 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. During her viral acceptance speech, she revealed her album is coming in April.

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25. Several weeks later, Cardi revealed her album title (Invasion of Privacy), the release date (April 6), and the track list over the course of a few weeks.

26. Next up for Cardi? She’s performing on “SNL” April 7, and will once again make history as the first co-host on “The Tonight Show” on April 9, with Jimmy Fallon.

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