It had been nearlyÂ two decades since a solo femaleÂ rapper topped Billboardâs Hot 100 chart. And thenÂ Cardi B burst onto the scene.
The Bronx nativeâs breakout anthemÂ âBodak Yellow (Money Moves)â secured the No. 1 spot on the latest chart, Billboard announced Monday. The last time a female rapper held that spot without the assistance of any other credited artists was Lauryn Hill in 1998 with âDoo Wop (That Thing).â
Cardi B posted a video Monday thanking her fans, radio hosts and others for playing and downloading her song. âI loveee you all each and everybody contributed for this,â she wrote onÂ Instagram. âYa made it happen for me !!!!! The number 1 WAY!!â
Aside from Hill, the only female rappers to top the Billboard Hot 100 hadÂ songs with other musicians: Lilâ Kim (âLady Marmaladeâ); Shawnna (âStand Upâ); and Iggy Azalea (âFancyâ).
Cardi Bâs ascent also means she toppled Taylor Swift, who had occupied the No. 1 spot for three weeksÂ with âLook What You Made Me Do.â Although Swift broke plenty of streaming records with that much-buzzed single, her reign was more short-lived than expected.
Cardi B once worked as an exotic dancer â a past she raps about on her breakout single: âI donât dance now, I make money moves.â She then gained notoriety through viral videos on Vine and InstagramÂ and even appeared on the VH1 reality show âLove & Hip Hop.â
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âBodak Yellowâ dropped in early summer and became one of the yearâs most streamed songs. Cardi BÂ plans to release her first studio album next month; she already has put out two mix tapes.
Her unapologetic, unfiltered and outrageous presence, both on her tracks and on social media, has a down-to-earth quality that has broughtÂ her legions of fans.
Even Janet Jackson has been dancing along to âBodak Yellowâ while on tour.
Janet Jackson dancing to Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” on her State of the World Tour. pic.twitter.com/3VEF4eVwat
â Wilnette (@wilnetteo) September 15, 2017
âIt feels amazing and itâs overwhelming. Itâs like, it fills me up with lot of happiness and a lot of joy,â Cardi BÂ told the Associated PressÂ about her songâs success. âItâs just, like, unbelievable. Iâve been through so many things and I worked so hard for me to be here, and itâs like Iâm finally here getting what I wanted, [and getting] the respect from other artists and from everybody.â