Cardi B has always been open and honest about her life before “Bodak Yellow” made her a household name, and she’s proud of her hard work and the lessons her hustle taught her on the come-up.
In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, no topic was off limits for the rapper — her music, her childhood in the Bronx, her stripping career and more. At first, she reflects on the first time one of her songs hit the Billboard Hot 100, when “Bodak Yellow” entered the chart at No. 85 (and would eventually nab the top spot).
“It hit at 85, and I just felt like, alright, I already did enough,” she tells CBS’ Maurice DuBois. “Then when people was telling me, like, there’s a possibility of going No. 1, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh — if I go No. 1, this is going to be crazy… and then it did. I just felt like I was on top of the world.”
She then speaks on her ability to connect with her fans, and how “reachable” she is to them. “When I talk, I make a lot of mistakes,” she says. “Like, I might say words, and the words are not even in the dictionary. But people still like it because you can tell that I’m saying it from the heart.”
Cardi then takes CBS Sunday Morning to her old strip club, and she gets straight to the point about her experience there, and that the women she worked with left a lasting, positive impact on her.
“A lot of women here, they taught me to be more powerful,” she says. “I did gain, like, a passion and love [for] performing. It made me feel pretty… I’m glad for this chapter in my life. A lot of people always want to make fun of me — ‘Oh, you used to be a stripper!’ — I don’t ever regret it, because I learned a lot. I feel like it matured me. My biggest ambition was money. That’s what these women put in my head: nothing is important but the money.”
As for some Cardi trivia, she answered a few quick questions involving her favorite Disney princess (she’s a Cinderella fan), her first tattoo (it’s the name of a guy that’s since been removed) and more.
Watch Cardi B’s full sit-down with CBS Sunday Morning below.