Cardi B is the biggest music artist in the world right now. She has a worldwide hit “WAP” that is topping every single chart. She also interviewed Joe Biden just this week about his presidential bid. We stan a star who contains multitudes.
But wayyyy before Cardi was international royalty, she was a viral sensation who was trying to grow her career on LHH seasons six and seven. Here’s how VH1 described her:
What began simply as a journey of self expression and comedic tirades, quickly catapulted Bronx native, Belcalis “Cardi B” Almanzar into social media stardom and to be recognized as the breakout star of Love & Hip Hop Season 6. With nearly 5 million followers on Instagram, this fiery Latina has evolved into an entertainer, actress, and staple in the NYC social scene.
Cardi has been focusing on her music career, releasing several records in the past year, and touring all over the world! But with a career that’s “poppin'”, can Cardi juggle a relationship with her incarcerated boyfriend, Tommy, or do the pressures of long hours on the road and a certain handsome producer get the best of our “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx?
Cardi B’s call to fame started when she was 19 years old in 2011. According to People, after Cardi got fired from working at an Amish supermarket, the rapper decided to hit the strip club to dance. She kept her decision under wraps from her family for years. Even back then, the star was going viral, after her wildly comedic rants exploded on Vine and Instagram.
Her impact didn’t let up during her short 2 season run on Love and Hip Hop from 2015 to 2017 either. If you remember in the show, most of her cast mates didn’t have faith that Cardi could explode onto the music scene, but that didn’t stop this “regular, degular” girl from going full blown starlet on everyone when she dropped “Bodak Yellow” in 2017 and catapulted her way to major fame.
Since then, Cardi went on to start a family with her rapper hubby OFFSET and adorable daughter Kulture. She been featured on the cover of Elle, The New York Times and even Harpers Bazaar. The Rapper shocked us all when she won a Grammy for her hit album Invasion of Privacy too.
People forget she was full of catchphrases and viral moments even before she blew up. So hit the flip and see her most iconic Love & Hip-Hop moments before she was giving us WAP.
Warmth – First, we have to start with the Cardi before LHH. This is the Cardi that went viral with videos, namely one about how a h** never gets cold. Iconic.
Wig Snatching – Cardi used to hook up with DJ Self on occasion but he was also seeing Yorma. So at Mariahlynn’s birthday party, Cardi snatched her wig while throwing punches.
Forever – This became Cardi’s most iconic catchphrase from her Love & Hip-Hop time, damn near making her a household name before the music.
Checking Peter Gunz – One of Cardi’s last big moments came when she totally checked Cory Gunz and made him look like a whole fool. He was trying to act too good for her and everything. Guess who got the last laugh.
Petty Labelle – Cardi and Asia had beef at the start of season 7 because Cardi saw her as a hater. This was when Cardi’s music career was starting to take off. Cardi then gave birth to Petty Labelle.
Another Fight – Cardi finally confronted Asia when she went to visit Swift and things got heated. “That’s what happen when you talk s–t about me. Keep my name out your mouth. And I’m not even f–king your man. Welcome to New York, b—h.”
It all came to a head at the reunion where Cardi smacked Asia with a shoe and let off the iconic “that’s what you get for talking s***”