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“It’s Not Fair”: Cardi B Criticizes Rap Industry’s Double Standards & “Mad Pressure” For Female Rappers

Why isn’t the pressure to release new music the same for male and female rappers?




Cardi B from the Bronx has risen to the very top to join the ranks of some of the best rappers in the world – with hits like ‘Bodak Yellow, ‘I Like It’ and more, she’s been making waves – but she still feels the disparity between herself and her male counterparts. The 27-year-old In an interview with SiriusXM, the Grammy award winner (who also happens to have seven Billboard Music Awards, five Guinness World Records, four American Music Awards, eleven BET Hip Hop Awards and more) explained why she took a one year break from releasing music and the impact of that decision. According to the 27-year-old, she felt like she was putting out “too much” in an industry where “female artists face mad pressure to put out new music”



During Cardi B’s (whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar) one-year hiatus, she was the victim of internet trolls who assumed that the rapper was having problems with her label (Atlantic Records).


“Throughout this whole time people were making rumors like, ‘Oh she’s having problems with her label. Her label is shelving her. Her label is tired of her and they’re getting more female talent. It’s like, no, they never tired of me. Labels, they want you to put music out. That’s what they love. They want you to put music out all the time, all the time.”


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She went on to explain why she thinks female rappers are “always in mad pressure”, stating:


“If you don’t have a super crazy smash, it’s like, ‘Oh, you flop, flop, flop.’ The song could be like two-times platinum and it’s still flop, flop, flop. You’re always under pressure, and I feel like it’s not fair. I feel like there’s male artists who go two years without putting a song out and they don’t go, ‘Oh, you’re irrelevant. It’s over for you.”


Using herself as an example, she shared:


“Me, I didn’t put out songs for nine months and it’s like, ‘Oh, she’s irrelevant. She’s over. She’s a flop. We told you that.'”



Thankfully, if you’re a part of the Bardigang (the name for the talented young rappers fans), you don’t have to worry about that pressure affecting Queen Cardi. Oh, no, honey.


“I’m not gonna let that s**t get to me to the point I’m going to put out a song that I’m not really in love with.”


Which is probably why her latest release with Megan Thee Stallion has been such a hit! After racking up 93 million streams in the United States just a week after its release – the most ever recorded for an opening seven-day period – it’s gone on to break multiple records (for one, the duos song is the first female-led rap in 28 years to top the ARIA Singles Chart). So, really, Cardi B should just be doing Cardi B.


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