Did Cardi B see herself getting to where she is now? She must have, as we know success isn’t just handed to you on a silver platter; you have to work for it.
And if you’ve been keeping up with her, you have to admit that she’s living THE life — and she has earned it in every way possible.
She has cemented her place as one of the hottest female rappers in the game, and the fashion police also agree that she’s an icon on the styling front too. I mean, have you seen her red carpet looks?
2015: An Introduction
Cardi B’s story is quite interesting, seeing as she was unheard of prior to 2015 when she joined Love & Hip Hop: New York. Hardly five years down the line, we can’t even count on one hand the number of records she has broken ever since her breakthrough.
As you would expect, Cardi’s exploits have also brought with them some big bucks. Credible outlets report her net worth to be well over $8 million, and it’s nothing less than what she deserves.
Although she burst onto the scene in 2015, it wasn’t until 2017 that Cardi earned her place in the industry.
The release of Bodak Yellow that year turned out to be the big break she had been waiting for all her life. Having taken a big risk in leaving Love & Hip Hop to pursue music, the move more than paid off, to say the least.
The upcoming artist signed a deal with Atlantic Records in early 2017 (February), and it was with this label that she released her debut single. The song was an instant hit, topping the charts and making history as it went on gaining airplay.
The staggering rate at which Cardi’s net worth grew is a true testament to the mantra that hard work pays off. PopSugar reports that in early 2016, the singer was worth a mere $400,000.
By February 2017, her fortune had grown to an impressive $1.5 million. Come September the same year, and the speculation was that Cardi was worth anywhere between $4 and $5 million.
Almost a year later (August 2018), it was confirmed that her net worth had officially crossed the $8 million mark. That was fast!
Fast Track to Greater Heights
As sure as night follows day, we can all agree that the rapper’s net worth is on a fast track to greater heights. Given the speech Cardi delivered while at BeautyCon earlier in the year, she knows a thing or two about making money.
First, she has always been about equal pay. Very early on in her career, the singer noticed that she’d be paid less than her male co-hosts whenever they’d host a show.
As you would expect, she objected to this, and henceforth rejected all hosting jobs that would see her earn less than her male counterparts. Why is wage disparity still a thing in the 21st century, by the way? The world should have learned its lesson by now.
Next, Cardi told her audience that they should never be ashamed by their line of work. Using herself as a real-life example, she told them of how, as an exotic dancer, she would only perform in clubs far from her hometown to keep her job a secret.
Her secret was a heavy burden to carry, and when she finally came clean and worked closer home, she tripled her earnings. If she can be so bold about her professional life, why can’t you?