Written by Anea Hemans for CNN
Queen Cardi B rose to fame after the release of her track “Bodak Yellow” with Migos. In that single she proved that she was not only the most brash rapper out there — something that has surprised many — but that she also was hip-hop’s first big girl rapper, to say nothing of her universal appeal and street cred.
“Bodak Yellow” recently became one of the most streamed tracks on Spotify of all time — and after a whole plethora of tweet-stopping videos on social media and Instagram, Cardi B is now the undisputed queen of music. This fact cannot be denied.
Part of Cardi B’s appeal is that she’s a real person. That reality has resonated with millennials who see the authenticity in a story that they can relate to. Her “For the Millyhicks” album is the real deal, but other popular young rappers have paid similar homage and have incorporated her style into their verses and clothing. Hip-hop has evolved; it’s no longer something to glorify, but to celebrate.
To any hip-hop fan — and some non-hip-hop fans, too — Cardi B’s messages aren’t just thoughtful and honest, but they’re also fun and entertaining. It’s important for teenagers and young adults, no matter what they’re into, to understand how to celebrate their individuality without having to be too shy and insecure.
Rap was once a genre of oppression, and that’s a very real emotion that millions of Black and brown people around the world are still feeling. One way we can come together and move forward is by supporting this empowering artist. And let’s not forget that the world is watching.