Cardi B

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Cardi B, New York's rapper (and former strip dancer, libertine blogger and reality-TV participant) Belcalis Almanzar of Dominican descent, became a star of trap with the mixtapes Gangsta Bitch Music 1 (2016) and Gangsta Bitch Music 2 (2017). Her singles Bodak Yellow (2017), Bartier Cardi (2018), I Like It (2018), a classic of Latin trap and a collaboration with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and reggaeton star Jose Balvin that samples Pete Rodriguez's salsa hit I Like It Like That (1967), Be Careful (2018), another slab of Latin trap but that also quotes Lauryn Hill's Ex-Factor, and Girls Like You with pop band Maroon 5 turned her into the most successful female rapper yet.

Her debut album Invasion of Privacy (2018), that collects most singles, was produced by an army of producers, featured a dozen collaborators (including Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, and YG), and established her persona of an aggressive "bad bitch from the Bronx" with frank (and sometimes detailed) tales of sex, but also as a versatile and exuberant (and sometimes hilarious) rapper. The variety of styles, tones and productions of diverse tracks such as Bickenhead, Drip, I Do and Ring yields a rare multi-faceted portrait.

In 2020 Cardi B's single WAP (an acronym for "wet-ass pussy") was a collaboration with fellow female rapper Megan "Thee Stallion" Pete with which women rappers turned the tables on male rappers by explicitly hailing female sexual pleasure.

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