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