Sensational American rapper, Cardi B is the latest cover star for Billboard magazine in honor of being named their 2020 Woman of the Year.
As she covers the latest cover of Billboard, the rapper spoke about a range of issues like her song “WAP,” political affiliation, support for the Black Lives Matter movement and more.
Cardi’s much talked about WAP didn’t take time to become a multiplatinum success, spending four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and setting a record for the most streams for a song in a single week (93 million, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data). With its eye-popping, cameo-filled video and a feature from one of hip-hop’s biggest new stars, “WAP” checked the usual boxes needed for a hit in 2020.
Speaking about the backlash that trailed WAP and the success of the song, she said:
“So many Republicans…[like Ben] Shapiro, Candace Owens, Tomi Lahren — were talking so much crap about “WAP,” she said. She later went on to talk about why she’s so unfazed by attacks from political commentators, saying “The things that they say don’t make sense. A lot of things they be defending, it’s not something you need to be defending. It’s wrong.”
“I want to show people that you can do positive things, but you can also be yourself,” she said. Later adding, “I don’t know if I’m an activist. I’m a Libra — we are the justice sign. I like fairness, and I have compassion toward everybody.”
With deals with brands like FashionNova, Pepsi, Reebok, and even the content platform, OnlyFans within the past year, Cardi is proving herself to be an astute businesswoman. During the interview, she spoke about the importance of understanding your worth and a figure and brand.
“A lot of these companies, they want to give you a couple million dollars to represent them, and it’s like, ‘OK, but what am I really getting out of it?,’ she posed. “If 1% of my followers buy your product, you’re going to make triple what you’re paying me. I’m making sure I’m not selling myself short.”
She also spoke about her support for the Black Lives Matter movement and discussed the push for social justice.
“People didn’t go looting because Trump was president — they went looting because there’s a lot of Black men getting killed unjustly,” she told the magazine.
“A lot of Republicans think that we hate the police. Personally, there was a point when I did hate the cops because I had really bad experiences growing up with the cops, but I also met cops that are really good people and have really good hearts. I just feel like we need to hire more people like that.”