Cardi B Is The First Female Rapper To Hit No. 1 Solo In Almost 10 Years
Cardi B is making (money) moves to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and breaking records on the way.
On Monday, Billboard reported Cardi’s hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, dethroning Taylor Swift, who was sitting in the top spot with “Look What You Made Me Do” for three weeks.
Cardi is the first female rapper to top the chart without an accompanying act since Lauryn Hill in 1998; Hill hit number one with “Do Wop (That Thing).” That makes her the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 with a solo hit, and only the fifth female rapper to top the Hot 100 chart at all. Other women to reach No. 1 are Lil Kim (along with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink for “Lady Marmalade”), Shawnaa (featured on Ludacris’ “Stand Up”) and Iggy Azalea (with Charli XCX for “Fancy”).
Beyond that, Cardi is also the first female soloist to reach No. 1 with her debut track without any other billed acts since Meghan Trainor topped the chart for eight weeks in September 2014 with “All About That Bass,” according to Billboard.
Cardi, a native of the Bronx, New York, first captured our attention when she appeared on VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop.” Since then, she’s dropped two mix tapes, signed a major record deal with Atlantic Records and was nominated for two BET awards.