Cardi B Explains Why She Joined a Gang + Responds to Critics of the Way She Speaks

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Cardi B Explains Why She Joined a Gang + Responds to Critics of the Way She Speaks

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In a recent interview with i-D, Cardi opened up about how much her life has changed since her number one hit, “Bodak Yellow” cemented her rise in the industry.

Although she has plenty of fans, she also has her share of critics as well.

And she responded to some of them in the interview.

On those who criticize the way that she talks:

I thought I could be a history teacher one day, but what turned me off was when they told me what you get paid. I didn’t like that.

And you know what else? A teacher also told me my English is not that good. She told me, ‘You need to speak a certain way.’

They said the same when I got famous. But I feel like I speak English properly.

I know what’s going on. I understand what’s happening on CNN. A lot of people don’t understand, but I understand.

Cardi has also been in the headlines plenty as of late due to her affiliation with the Bloods Gang.

Here’s what she had to say about that:

There’s no hood hooder than my hood.

I had to toughen up when we moved to the Bronx in the sixth grade, because if you don’t then people will pick on you.

I used to wear pink skirts, jackets with fur on the sleeves… I used to dress like That’s So Raven. Everybody in my school used to look at me like I was crazy because people dressed more hood; Pepe jeans, Timberland boots, a lot of Jordans. It really made me sad.

I was getting picked on for the way I dressed. I got jumped in the sixth grade real bad and after that, it changed me. It really, really did change me. In middle school and high school, it doesn’t matter how tough you are, or it doesn’t matter if you stand for sh*t, you ain’t nobody if you ain’t in a gang. People influence you and tell you that you should join this or you should join that. Then again, it’s a great experience. I wouldn’t be able to rap about the things that I rap about now [if I hadn’t grown up there].

In related news, the man responsible for Cardi’s music video for her hit “Bodak Yellow,” Picture Perfect, opened up recently about what took place behind the scenes.

He also revealed that Cardi had a terrifying moment with the cheetah that was featured in the video.

At one point, it snapped at her, freaking out Cardi.

Check out the video below:

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12 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    February 11, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I really don’t get the hype.

    • Anonymous

      February 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      I don’t either. I am so lost. Why is she so huge now? I thought Remy would be the next one to blow up.

      • Barbee

        February 12, 2018 at 4:22 pm

        Remy made the mistake of going after an artist with an actual fan base. So most of her stans are really just Nicki haters. If you only like an artist to spite another, you won’t be motivated to actually buy their music. I think people genuinely do like Cardi and did before she blew up. But the truth will come out when those album sales roll in.

  2. Jasmine

    February 11, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Her interviews are always…interesting.

  3. Anonymous

    February 11, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Love her because she always keeps it real.

  4. My 2 Cents

    February 12, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Mess.

  5. MiamiBama

    February 12, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Bodak Yellow been out how long and now they want to do a video? Anyway, I always have liked Cardi cause she funny as hell…but don’t let a video get you mauled sis, leave them animals alone 🙂

    • Anonymous

      February 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      The video came out last summer but I have no idea why he waited so long to just now do an interview about it.

  6. D. Val

    February 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Cardi “keeping it real” and appealing to adults is great and all, but I’m disappointed that she didn’t use this opportunity to encourage children to take a different route – especially at a time where bullying and suicide among kids is so prominent. So basically, join a gang for a great experience, to gain respect, and to go through stuff so you can have something to rap about later? It’s not to come down on her but as someone who works with children and adolescents daily, this interview just didn’t sit well with me and is counterproductive.

    • Music Lover

      February 12, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Factual.

  7. Fanny

    February 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    This interview wasn’t a good look. I know being “real” helped her a lot, but now she needs to tone it down and think her words through before she speaks. We’ve seen how quickly artists can rise and fall when they get way too comfortable and start saying things they need to keep to themselves. There’s nothing positive about gang life. It’s a huge issue in our community and we have to stop glorifying it.

  8. Ratchet Queen

    February 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    You can tell Cardi was shook from jump standing next to that cheetah. She was messing up her lyrics and everything.

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