Cardi B to play a free show at Global Citizen Fest in Central Park

Cardi B is a Dominican – Trinidadian New Yorker from The Bronx and Washington Heights who broke out in a big way in 2017. Already she is running with the hottest artists of the day and has become a musical force of her own. A star is born.

Cardi B to play Global Citizen Fest in Central Park

Cardi B joins Janet Jackson, Weeknd, Janelle Monáe, Shawn Mendes, John Legend and others at the Global Citizen Fest on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2 pm. Free ticketed event with VIP options.

The stage will be on the north end of The Great Lawn.

Tickets are free, but must be earned through action. VIP tickets are available for purchase from $99.

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Global Citizen Fest is on a mission to end extreme poverty by 2030.


Cardi B is MTV VMAs “Best New Artist” & ‘I Like It’ is “Song of Summer”

At the 2018 MTV VMAs on Monday, August 20, 2018, Cardi won “Best New Artist” and her hit I Like It won “Song of Summer.”

Cardi B leads 2018 MTV VMA Nominations

Dominican – Trinidadian New Yorker Cardi B leads 2018 MTV VMA nominations with twelve, most from her Bruno Mars collaboration Finesse.

  1. Video of the Year (‘Finesse’ with Bruno Mars)
  2. Artist of the Year
  3. Song of the Year (‘Finesse’ with Bruno Mars)
  4. Best New Artist
  5. Best Collaboration (‘Finesse’ with Bruno Mars)
  6. Best Hip-Hop
  7. Best Latin (‘Dinero’ with Jennifer Lopez)
  8. Best Latin (‘Finesse’ with Bruno Mars)
  9. Best Choreography (‘Finesse’ with Bruno Mars)
  10. Best Editing (‘Finesse’ with Bruno Mars)
  11. Song of Summer (‘I Like It’ featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin)
  12. Song of Summer (‘Girls Like You’ with Maroon 5)

She is opening the MTV VMAs, but will not perform.

One of things that has to be said about Cardi is that she is hitting primes all over the place. She’s a rapper, but her rap is everywhere in a bunch of different styles of music. That suggests a long professional life for this young artist.

Cardi B’s I Like It featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin tops the Billboard Hot 100

I Like It is a Latin trap song that was released on May 25, 2018 as the fourth single from Cardi B’s debut studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018).

This is Cardi’s second number one single. She is the first female rapper to have two number one singles in the Billboard Hot 100.

I Like it Like That

Cardi’s song samples the legendary Latin boogaloo hit I Like It Like That, popularized by Pete Rodriguez in 1967, and covered by The Blackout All-Stars for the movie of the same name in 1994. The Blackout All-Stars were Ray Barretto, Sheila E, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Valentin, Grover Washington, Jr. with Tito Nieves on vocals.

Latin Boogaloo was a salsa – funk fusion that started taking off in the late 1960s, only to be killed off by old school Latin artists who saw the new beat and singing in English as a threat. It worked out because we got 1970s New York salsa which was historic, but the boogaloo was great.

Boogaloo was an early Latin – Black fusion, just as hip hop is a Latin – Black fusion and reggaeton is today. In fact reggaeton was originally called Latin reggae. The fusion makes sense because Latin in the Americas and even in southern Europe is very Black.

Cardi drops debut album Invasion of Privacy

Cardi’s debut album Invasion of Privacy debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200.

Cardi’s collaboration with Bruno Mars on Finesse is over the top

Released on January 4, 2018, the video earned six 2018 MTV VMA nominations.

Cardi Top Tens Again and Again

Cardi hit the top ten two more times with G-Eazy’s No Limit and Migos’ MotorSport.

This put Cardi’s first three efforts into the Billboard top ten. Wow!

Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow spends three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100

Cardi signed with Atlantic Records in 2017. Bodak Yellow, released June 16, 2017, was the debut single of her first studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018).

The song was inspired by Kodak Black’s No Flockin.

Bodak Yellow topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 2017. It was the first time a female solo rapper did that since Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing) did it in 1998. That’s some pretty good company.

Cardi B came up as an Instagram star from The Bronx and Washington Heights

Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar was born in Highbridge The Bronx and raised by her grandmother in Washington Heights. She credits The Heights with her accent. Sounds about right. Asi es. No es el acento Colombiana. Es el acento Dominicana. Todo bien. Muy bien.

She first gained attention as a Vine and Instagram star stripper. Cardi’s persona is real. She is not afraid of, or embarrassed about anything. True to the Latin trap / reggaeton style, she is very explicit and direct about it. It makes parents cringe, but I guess it is the way the kids are now.

Cardi’s strong persona led to casting on the VH1 reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: New York from 2015 – 2017.

Along the way she released a couple of mixtapes, Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.


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