After becoming the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 19 years with “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B celebrated her milestone achievement.
At a surprise party hosted by Atlantic Records in New York on Monday (Sept. 25), the Bronx rapper was presented with a platinum plaque and a Christian Louboutin cake in honor of her now-famous “bloody shoes” lyric. The former reality television star opened up about the accomplishment, which makes her the first solo female rapper since Lauryn Hill to top the chart.
“Yeah, bitch. I hit No. 1. What’s good?” she told the crowd, which included family members and label executives. “Yeah, y’all. Oh my God! Thank you everybody. I am very happy. I am very honored.”
at the Atlantic Records champagne toast: a Louboutin cake, Moët rosé, Coronas + Cardi saying "Look what you made me do!" pic.twitter.com/pab1MQ0bH1
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) September 25, 2017
She continued by acknowledging the prestigiousness of the Hot 100, which she says she was not privy to before entering the chart. “I don’t really know how the music industry works,” she explained. “All I feel is, ‘Well, if everybody listens to the song, it’s poppin’.’ No! If it’s not on the Billboards, then it really don’t matter.”
During her speech, Cardi also sang Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” which previously held the No. 1 spot for three weeks. “Everybody posted so I could go No. 1 without even me asking,” she said. “I never asked them. They just did it voluntarily. Every day, harassing their followers, like, ‘Make sure you download and stream ‘Bodak Yellow.’ And look what you made me do, look what you made me do!”
Taking to Instagram, an emotional Cardi went on to explain the magnitude of the win. “What a day,” she wrote. “I feel like it’s my Graduation,Birthday and prom at the same time ! You see Atlantic wanted me to take a flight in the AM for a meeting and to pick up my Platinum plaque…Didn’t know it was a big surprise with my family ,friends, Gang and the girls that I used to work good and bad nights with back in Sues Rendezvous.Also fans and people that been supporting me since day one ,All of them there for ME!! Thank you I’m beyond happy!! #BARDIGANG.”
Cardi is gearing up to release her debut album. Initially due in October, the LP has since been delayed. “Every single time I think, ‘I got all the 10 songs,’ I’m like, ‘I’m buggin’. These ain’t it.’ It’s just like, ‘Damn!’ I’m competing with myself,” she recently told “The Breakfast Club.”
However, J. Cole offered the rising star some advice. “Don’t put all that pressure on your album,” he recommended. “You already won. Just drop & repeat.” She later replied: “Is this real :’)Son my heart is smiling 😌Well who am I not to take J cole advice?”