“Every Single Female Rapper” Congratulates Cardi B on Her Historic No. 1 Single
Reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100, and knocking Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” from the perch in the process, is a massive achievement for relative rap newcomer Cardi B, whose debut single “Bodak Yellow” topped the chart on Monday. But it’s also a huge deal for female rap artists more generally: Cardi B is only the second solo female rapper to top the chart and the first in almost 20 years.
As if topping the charts with her debut single wasn’t enough, an ecstatic Cardi B has also received acknowledgments from some of the biggest names in rap, many of whom the 24-year-old would have grown up listening to.
Though Cardi B has obviously not been congratulated by every single female rapper ever, the undisputed queens of female rap’s golden age, Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliot, have already tweeted their congrats at the new star. Reigning queen Nicki Minaj and rap mainstay Trina have also warmly congratulated Cardi B.
In a part of the music industry often known for its beefs and rivalries, it’s encouraging to see what an empowering and supportive space female rap can be.