The Cardi B Guide to Living Your Best Life
The chart-topping rapper has doled out plenty of advice
“I don’t know if it’s the strength of the fetus, but I have never felt so hungry to succeed,” the hitmaker told host Jimmy Fallon when asked how she was juggling the release of her new album, Invasion of Privacy, and other aspects of her busy career with the upcoming arrival of her first child. "I’m doing it all until I give birth,” she declared.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BABY OR CAREER
... according to the rapper. "It just really bothers me and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online like, ‘Oh I feel sorry for you, oh your career is over,’ ” said Cardi B, who revealed her pregnancy while performing on Saturday Night Live. Added the mom-to-be: "As a woman, why can’t I have both? Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? Like, why can’t I have both? I want both.”
BE A ROLE MODEL
The rapper admitted in an Instagram video that she wants to be a better role model for younger girls. "I realized, after Halloween, a lot of little girls, they be looking up to me," she said. "They love me, and I’m thinking to myself, like, 'Yo, I really need to be a better example.' "
BE PICKY WHEN LOOKING FOR A BEAU
During an interview with Radar Radio, Cardi B answered fans' burning relationship questions. One in particular got a memorable response from the Bronx, New York, native: "How can I trap a man before Christmas?" she asked.
"You can't really trap one that fast … unless he's broke and you have an apartment and you're feeding him," Cardi B responded. "Don't rush because you're cold, bitch. Get a coat. You don't want to get somebody you just don't like … you don't need a man."
KNOW YOUR SELF-WORTH
Cardi B shared she was made to feel insecure back when she worked as a stripper in New York City. In fact, those feelings of inadequacy were what prompted her to stop dancing. "It made me feel like I was never really good enough," she said of her early career in an interview.
SPEAK YOUR MIND WHENEVER YOU NEED TO
The rapper is known to call her haters out, so it's no surprise she did just that when hotel staff claimed to have smelled weed coming from her room following a performance. "None of my team members smoke weed," she said in a video obtained by TMZ. "If they was to kick us out for something else, alright. But for weed, I’m not taking that because we do not smoke."
COME UP WITH YOUR OWN UNIQUE … SOUND
Need to fill an awkward silence? Start making weird sounds, like Cardi B did during her interview with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Her favorites? "Mmhmm" "Eeuym" and "Oooum."
WHEN YOU 'FEEL UGLY,' GRAB SOME SUNGLASSES
At the start of that same video clip, Cardi B greeted her fans before stopping herself and saying, "I look ugly, give me one second." She stopped the video to grab sunglasses. "I still feel ugly, but it's the lighting, it's the lighting!"
Lesson: Whenever you feel less-than-stellar, channel Cardi B and sport a pair of sunglasses … and blame the lighting if you're feeling off your selfie game. Genius.
TAKE THE TIME YOU NEED
"I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically. I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing," she admitted.
LET NATURE TAKE ITS COURSE
When you're feeling anxious, just let it out. "I feel so nervous. My stomach been hurting, I've been farting all day," Cardi B told E! on the AMA red carpet before her first televised performance after giving birth. Same, Cardi, but we don't have an excuse.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS
When the rapper reunited with Offset in Puerto Rico in December 2018, she said it wasn't to get back together, but for a fix.
“I just had to get f—, that’s all,” Cardi remarked as a coy smile spread across her face, adding that she feels “rejuvenated” now. “Bitch feels baptized,” she shared of her time with the Migos rapper. “I came back to f—ing life, bitch.”
GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS
Cardi somehow made more sense than a lot of people when talking about the record-breaking government shutdown in January 2019.
“Now I don’t wanna hear y’all motherf—ers talking ’bout, ‘Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days,'” she shared. “Yeah, bitch, for healthcare so your grandma could check her blood pressure and you bitches can go check that p— at the gynecologist with no motherf—ing problem.”
STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN
Cardi revealed she declined the offer to join the Super Bowl LIII halftime show to show support for embattled former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It’s really hard for him… He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can’t go to the Super Bowl, because he’s got to stand for something,” Cardi told the AP. “You have to sacrifice that. I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.”
SHARE YOUR FEELINGS
In a February 2019 interview with Harper's Bazaar, the "I Like It" songstress opened up about battling postpartum depression following Kulture's birth.
“But out of nowhere, the world was heavy on my shoulders."