From her first official appearance on a track, 2015’s remix of Jamaican singer Shaggy’s “Boom Boom” alongside Popcaan, to her latest, a feature on Ed Sheeran’s “South of the Border” with Camila Cabello; Cardi B’s roots are woven into every singular move and monumental milestone attributing to her meteoric rise as a pop culture phenomenon.
Repping the Bronx; the rapper, entertainer, entrepreneur and actress is of Trinidadian and Dominican descent, proudly representing and exploring the dual nature of her Afro-Latin heritage. While she navigates her explosive fame in tandem with balancing motherhood and her ever-evolving multifaceted career, Cardi also often showcases the many ways she is influenced by both sides of her dynamic background.
Musically, she has collaborated with other members of the Latin community, such as by lending her talents to Ozuna’s “La Modelo” and enlisting Bad Bunny and J Balvin for her 2018 single “I Like It” off her Grammy award-winning debut album, Invasion of Privacy. From filming the music video for her Bruno Mars collaboration “Please Me” in beloved Los Angeles’ Taquería Tacos Mexico to sharing her all-embracing music taste with her fans on Instagram, Cardi B has emerged as a Hispanic leader of the culture by unapologetically being herself and inspiring others to embrace their individuality wholeheartedly.
In addition to helping pave the way for other women in music and paying homage to those who have blazed a path before her, she is also not shying away from utilizing her platform to shine a light on larger identity struggles and societal issues. As Cardi helps give a voice to marginalized groups by keeping the conversation going and educating others, her contributions to pop culture aren’t exclusive to the music and in that, she’s securing her legacy with every passing day.
As she continues to make her mark in pop culture, challenge the status quo and forge new ground as a Trinidadian-Dominican-American woman, Cardi B is as unfiltered as she is unstoppable.
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