Cardi B Beats Taylor Swift, Makes History As First Solo Female Rapper To Have #1 Single In 19 Years

Cardi B has made history with "Bodak Yellow" as the first female rapper to top the Hot 100 Billboard music chart in 19 years and the first rapper of Dominican descent to ever reach that place in the chart. The previous record holder was Lauryn Hill, who topped the chart with no other billed artist. Cardi B, from the Bronx, had the number two spot last week and was able to overtake and dethrone "Look What You Made Me Do" by Taylor Swift. The Dominican rapper even threw a little shade at the former queen when she celebrated her number one spot by singing the chorus of the tune she toppled.

Cardi B, born Belcalis Almanzar to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, grew up in the South Bronx. She is only the fifth female rapper to top the Hot 100 after Lil' Kim who was featured on "Lady Marmalade," Shawnna who collaborated with Ludacris on "Stand Up," Iggy Azalea who led with "Fancy" along with Charli XCX. According to Billboard, Cardi B is also the first female solo artist to lead the Hot 100 list with no featured artist since Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass."

One act noticeably absent from the list is Nicki Minaj, that has had big hits, but has not reached the number one position. There were talks on social media that Taylor and Nicki's fans were going to unite to stop Cardi B from reaching the top spot. The Barbz and the Swifties don't get along as their divas are not friends, but they were planning on making a truce and get behind Swift's song to keep her at number one. In return, when Nicki released a track, the Swifties would back it up and make her top the charts.

However, Nicki Minaj seems to not have beef with Cardi on beating her to the historic title as she just congratulated her on Twitter. “Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD BREAKING achievement,” Nicki tweeted. “Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it @iamcardib.”

Fans have tried to pit Nicki Minaj and Cardi B against each other in the past. “You know this bitch. She never fucking liked me. And all of a sudden she wants to be friends with me. No, bitch. I still don’t like you, bitch,” Cardi B said during a presentation. Fuel was added to the fire when a verse on Minaj's "No Flag" was thought to be a response to the Dominican: "“Lil’ bitch I heard these labels tryna make another me/ Everything you getting little hoe is cause of me." Cardi has only replied saying: "This is the thing – you know, people don’t understand that I got beef with ten other b****s in the hood, and I still be in the hood.”

 

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.