Born In: Washington Heights, New York, United States
Cardi B is the stage name of American rapper, songwriter, television personality, and actress Belcalis Almánzar who became the only woman to win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album as a solo artist; she achieved this feat with her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy. Cardi B established herself as a musical celebrity within a short period of time, following a long struggle throughout her teenage years and early youth, by successfully utilizing her rising fame on social media. Her songs, Bodak Yellow, and I Like It, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while her collaborations with pop band, Maroon 5 ("Girls Like You") and Bruno Mars ("Finesse" and "Please Me") reached top three on the list. She also has two mixtapes to her name, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and is signed to Atlantic Records. Cardi B was a regular cast on the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York and has made her film debut with Hustlers. Cardi B is immensely popular on Instagram; she has earned more than 141 million followers to her iamcardib account. In 2019, she starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the drama 'Hustlers.' Billboard honoured her as 'Woman of the Year' in 2020. She has won various awards and accolades, including eight 'Billboard Music Awards,' fourteen 'BET Hip Hop Awards,' six 'Guinness World Records,' a 'Grammy Award,' two 'ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Awards,' and six 'American Music Awards.' In 2022, she became the creative director of 'Playboy,' an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine.
Also Known As: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Trinidadian and Tobagonian American, Dominican American
Notable Alumni: Herbert H. Lehman High School, Community College
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: Community College, Herbert H. Lehman High School
Cardi B was born as Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar on October 11, 1992, in Washington Heights, Manhattan, to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother. While she was raised in the Highbridge neighborhood of the South Bronx, she often spent time at her paternal grandmother's home in Washington Heights.
She worked at a deli in Tribeca for some time during her teenage years and became a member of the gang United Blood Nation at the age of 16. However, after being fired from the deli and kicked out of her mother's house, she became a stripper so that she could afford to move out of an abusive relationship and get an education.
She attended Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology, a vocational high school on the Herbert H. Lehman High School campus, before going to Borough of Manhattan Community College, but did not complete graduation. Instead of mentioning stripping, she told her mother that she earned money by babysitting children of wealthy people.
In the early 2010s, Cardi B's dancing skills had earned her a decent fan-following locally on Instagram, which later expanded after she began posting funny and empowering videos about avoiding shady men and making money. As her social media fame grew on Instagram and Vine, she stopped stripping in 2015, to focus on hosting gigs as a social media influencer.
A manager she had hired after surpassing 500k followers on Instagram noticed her musical talent and encouraged her to try rapping, following which she appeared on Jamaican singer Shaggy's remix of his single Boom Boom. Weeks later in November 2015, she made her television debut as a cast member of VH1's reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York and became the breakout star of the show's sixth season.
Cardi B released her first mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1, in March 2016, and in September that year, released the single 'What a Girl Likes' as part of KSR Group's compilation Underestimated: The Album. The same year, she appeared on an episode of Khloé Kardashian's Kocktails with Khloé and was cast as Mercedes on the BET series Being Mary Jane.
In 2019, Cardi B made her film debut with the movie, Hustlers, which also starred Jennifer Lopez.
In 2021, she starred in movie F9.
Cardi B began dating rapper Kiari Kendrell Cephus, professionally known as Offset, in early 2017, and they got engaged on October 27 after he proposed during the Power 99 Powerhouse concert. Much later in June 2018, TMZ revealed that the two had secretly married in September 2017, privately in their bedroom, which she confirmed on social media.
She revealed her pregnancy on Saturday Night Live in April 2018, and welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus in July 2018.
Cardi B and Kiari Kendrell Cephus separated in late 2018, before reuniting again. In September 2020, Cardi B filed for divorce but they were together again after a month. They welcomed their son, Wave Set Cephus on September 4, 2021.
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