In her 2017 breakout hit, “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B declared, “I pay my mama bills, I ain’t got no time to chill,” and she’s been on her grind ever since.
Sunday night, the Bronx rapper joined an exclusive group of female emcees when she took home her first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. But this isn’t the first time Bardi scored a big win.
While many thought the rapper’s moment in the spotlight wouldn’t last longer than an episode of Love and Hip Hop, Cardi flipped her massive Instagram following, infectious personality, quirky style, and hardcore work ethic into an actual and factual career.
In honor of her Grammy win, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit 5 of Cardi’s best money — and career — moves.
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Cardi came straight out the gate with a number one album, selling the equivalent of 255,000 album units in the first week. The Bronx rapper not only took the top spot, but went on to have three #1 hits, and six top 10 hits.
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Fresh off her number one album, Cardi B scored another first when she crashed late night TV to become the first person to co-host The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
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It’s hard to turn heads at the Met Gala, one of fashion’s biggest nights. But Cardi stole the whole show. The “Money” rapper pulled up in papal couture, rocking a custom, jewel-encrusted Moschino gown and matching crown.
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Last year, Cardi B became the first woman to headline the Rolling Loud Festival, a day-long celebration of hip hop. Though her husband attempted to steal her shine by crashing the stage to beg her to take him back, the rapper still turned in a history-making performance that moved the crowd.
5 of 5 Pepsi
Cardi kicked off 2018 with an endorsement deal with Pepsi and a hilarious Super Bowl ad that centered on her trademark phrase, “Okurrr.” The ad not only aired during the biggest sport event of the year, but it also showed off Cardi’s acting chops.
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