Last Updated on January 4, 2021
Who Is Cardi B?
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, professionally known as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and internet celebrity. As a singer, Cardi B is best known for her widely-acclaimed single Bodak Yellow.
Some of her notable achievements include winning a Grammy Award, 4 American Music Awards, 5 Guinness World Records, 8 Billboard Music Awards, and 11 BET Hip Hop Awards. She has also won two American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Songwriter of the Year awards for her exceptional songwriting skills.
|Full Name:||Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar|
|Popular Name:||Cardi B|
|Birth Date:||October 11, 1992|
|Parents:||Carlos Almánzar, mother unknown|
|Siblings:||Hennessy Carolina Almánzar|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York|
|Ethnicity:||Dominican and Trinidadian|
|Education:||Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology on the Herbert H. Lehman High School campus and Borough of Manhattan Community College|
|Wife/Spouse:||Kiari Kendrell Cephus (Offset)|
|Children:||Kulture Kiari Cephus|
|Net Worth:||USD 24 million (as of November 1, 2020)|
|Source of Wealth:||Rapping, Singing, Songwriting, Acting, Social Media, Endorsement Deals, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 4″ (1.6 m)|
|Weight:||55 kg; In pounds: 121 lbs.|
Early Life and Career Information
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar was born on October 11, 1992, in New York City, New York, to a Dominican father and a Trinidadian mother. Her stage name, Cardi B, was inspired by Becardi, a rum brand that was, at one time, her nickname.
Cardi B had a somewhat deprived childhood. At the age of 16, she joined the much-dreaded The Bloods gang. At some point, she also became a stripper, a move she argues helped her escape poverty and domestic violence.
In 2013, Cardi B became popular after several of her videos began to spread on various social media platforms, such as Instagram and Vine. From 2015 to 2017, she became a regular cast member on Love & Hip Hop: New York, a VH1 reality television series that chronicled her struggles as a budding musician. Her popularity increased even further after she released two mixtapes, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2.
In early 2017, Cardi B signed with Atlantic Records and released her debut studio album a year later, titled Invasion of Privacy. The album debuted at the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 and broke quite a few streaming records before eventually receiving a triple-platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA).
Invasion of Privacy also won a Grammy Award under the category Best Rap Album, making Cardi B the only female singer in history to have won the award as a solo artist. Its most successful singles include Bodak Yellow and I Like It.
Cardi B Net Worth
Cardi B may only have been in the music industry for slightly over five years. But she has already earned millions from her music-related ventures. As of November 1, 2020, Cardi B had a net worth of $24 million.
In addition to music, Cardi B also earns decent paychecks from her acting career. Although she was already a renowned television personality as early as 2015, the sensational rapper made her film debut in the 2019 movie, Hustlers. The movie was critically acclaimed and thanks to its success, Cardi B embarked on her acting career in earnest. She was involved in the film F9, which was released by Universal Pictures on May 22, 2020.
Cardi B has also signed numerous lucrative endorsement deals over the years. She signed her first endorsement contract in 2016 with Romantic Depot. Her contract with Romantic Depot involved appearing in several radio and cable TV ads for the New York lingerie chain. Besides Romantic Depot, other notable brands that Cardi B has entered into endorsement deals with include MAC Cosmetics, Fashion Nova, Pepsi, Gypsy Sport, and Reebok.
Cardi B also owns an expensive car collection, which includes a Lamborghini Urus valued at $207,326, an orange Bentley Bentayga costing $240,000, a McLaren 720S Spider worth $315,000, and a Rolls Royce Wraith valued at $330,000. Not to mention, her private jet valued at around $20 million.
Lessons from Cardi B
1. We all have a dark past that we aren’t proud of (but learned from)
Cardi B was a member of the Bloods gang since she was 16 years old. However, that’s a past she isn’t very proud of and has stated that she wouldn’t encourage anyone to join a gang.
2. Every cloud has a silver lining
At some point during her teens, Cardi B worked at a deli in Tribeca. However, she lost her job and her manager suggested that she becomes a stripper. Although stripping was probably the last thing on her mind then, Cardi B used the opportunity to stay away from poverty and domestic violence.
3. Collaborate with others
Cardi B has collaborated with numerous established artists throughout her musical career. Some of the personalities she has worked with include G-Eazy, Nicki Minaj, DJ Snake, and Migos.
Famous Quotes by Cardi B
“Being a feminist is being equal to do what a man do.”
“If a girl have beef with me, she gon’ have beef with me forever.”
“If you want it, and the more you keep hearing you can’t have it, you just go and get it.”
“It’s just like, damn – I’m competing with myself.”
“No I don’t except your apology unless you buy me a bag.”
Cardi B is one of the many successful artists who wasn’t born into affluence. As soon as she discovered she could sing and rap, B used the opportunity to navigate her way out of poverty. Although she has only lasted for a decade in the music industry, the rapper has already amassed an incredible net worth of $24 million.