Hip-Hop

Cardi B Makes History as 'Bodak Yellow' Is Certified Diamond

Cardi B
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Cardi B performs at Summer Jam 2019 at MetLife Stadium on June 2, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Cardi B likes dollars, she likes diamonds, she likes stunting, she likes shining. So she'll really like that her major-label debut single "Bodak Yellow" has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The New York native is the first female rapper to achieve a diamond single award, according to the RIAA, meaning "Bodak Yellow" has moved 10 million units. According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams. Cardi reached the milestone on Monday, and her hit collaboration "WAP," featuring Megan Thee Stallion, is halfway there with its 5x multi-platinum status as of March 3, according to the RIAA website.

Cardi posted a video explaining how her label Atlantic Records surprised her with the plaque at a restaurant after a long, exhausting day of rehearsal. "I just want to say thank you guys so much because without you guys, it wouldn't have happened," she told the Bardi Gang. "It really made my day. And it really uplifted me."

Many of Cardi's peers congratulated her for the historic feat, including her "No Limit" collaborator G-Eazy, Lil Yachty, City Girls' JT and Kodak Black, whose debut 2015 single "No Flockin'" was the original inspiration behind "Bodak Yellow."

She clapped back at one Twitter user who tried to claim that she didn't give Black the proper credit for the song's success, writing, "He got credit on the song WE both getting rich with the song till we die ..The song is called Bodak Yellow for a reason."

Cardi also made history on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Bodak Yellow." When the single finally hit No. 1 in October 2017, she became the first female rapper to top the all-genre tally without any other credited artists in nearly 20 years, since Lauryn Hill's first solo entry, "Doo Wop (That Thing)," with its Nov. 14, 1998, debut at No. 1.