All Hail Cardi B, Our New, History-Making Pop Queen

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As renewed interest in Latino music and artists dominate the mainstream conversation, Cardi's ascent proves that Latino artists can still make it to the top of the charts on their own terms, with no features required.

Cardi - whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar - also managed another impressive feat: dethroning pop's reigning queen Taylor Swift.

In a video that recently surfaced on Twitter, Cardi is riding in the back of a auto as "Look What You Made Me Do" plays faintly in the background.

The former nightclub dancer turned Love & Hip-Hop reality star turned rapper extraordinnaire has landed the number 1 song in the country with her hit, "Bodak Yellow".


"And for me do know that today I made history....b*tch", she added with her trademark sass. With this monumental feat, Cardi B becomes one of only five rappers to top the chart at all; which includes Lauryn Hill ("Doo Wop/That Thing"), Lil' Kim ("Lady Marmalade"), Shawna ("Stand Up") and Iggy Azalea ("Fancy"). "After Hill, Lil" Kim ruled for five weeks in 2001 with Christina Aguilera, Mya, and P!nk on "Lady Marmalade"; Shawnna reigned as featured on Ludacris" "Stand Up, ' which topped the December 6, 2003, chart; and Iggy Azalea's introductory Hot 100 hit, "Fancy, ' featuring Charli XCX, led for seven weeks in 2014".

While on stage, she gave a shout out to Colin Kaepernick for his peaceful protests.

"Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we're going to be standing for you, baby", she said.

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