"Love & Hip Hop" star Cardi B, born Belcalis Almanzar, also has a real love of dancehall music. Her connection runs deep, as she was raised in the Bronx surrounded by many different Caribbean cultures. For starters, her father is of Dominican descent and her mother is Trinidadian. Thus, Cardi B is a true island gyal with a sprinkling of New York street.
Cardi B first showed off her versatile style when she debuted her musical talents on the remix of Shaggy's single, "Boom Boom," which also featured Jamaican artist Popcaan, in 2015.
While appearing on season 6 of "Love & Hip Hop: New York" Cardi B, rose to fame on social media with her witty and amusing videos, where her raw lyrics and hot-button topics were all too real. Since then, the down to earth rapper has gained the attention of several fans and followers. Today, her Instagram is up to 5.8 million and counting. In 2016, Cardi B released her first mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1, which included singles such as; "Wash Poppin," "Cheap Ass Weave," and "Foreva." Recently, she released the second installment of her mixtape series aptly titled, Gangsta Bitch Vol. 2. Cardi B described her music to Complex saying,
"My music is for the bitches that got anger in their heart [...] So I do music for bitches that like to pop off or think about popping off. I feel like everybody [does] music about glamorizing themselves. That's just not me. I did not grow up with money; however: I grew up popping off, i grew up in the hood, I grew up with bitches that like to fight. And that's what my music is about."
Cardi B has kept herself busy by touring, making appearances at night clubs and strip clubs on the east coast performing for her fans. She recently appeared as a guest star on BET's popular show "Being Mary Jane." With her spunky, over-the-top attitude you can bet we will see and hear more from Cardi B in 2017.
Her single, "Back It Up," from #GBMV2 features dancehall artist Konshens and long time friend, Tina Pinnock known as budding Jamaican artist HoodCelebrityy. The dancehall inspired track has turned out to be a favorite on the mixtape, with many of her fans requesting more dancehall vibes in her music.
Llisten to "Back It Up" here on KingstonToLA and keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Cardi B in the future.