Cardi B was born Belcalis Almanzar in the South Bronx, New York, on October 11, 1992. Her father is from the Dominican Republic, and her mother is from Trinidad.
She was a member of the Bloods street gang as a teenager and has previously stated that she has been a gang-banger since the age of 16. She went to Renaissance High School For Musical Theater & Technology and worked briefly at an Amish supermarket before turning to stripping at the age of 19.
Cardi stated that she became a stripper in order to escape poverty and domestic violence after being in an abusive relationship. With the money she was earning, she was also able to return to school.
Cardi B’s Music Career
Cardi B’s music career began when she was 23 years old, in late 2015. She released her first mixtape in 2016, and she was featured on the front cover of Vibe Magazine’s ‘Diva’ issue in November of the same year.
She released her second mixtape in 2017, and a month later, she signed with Atlantic Records. Cardi B has become a social media celebrity after many of her Instagram videos went viral, and her music career has taken off in the last year.
Cardi B has collaborated with artists such as Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy, Bruno Mars, and many others since she began her career over three years ago.
This net worth includes a $50 million valuation for her music catalog rights. Cardi first rose to prominence as a Vine and Instagram celebrity. Cardi B’s career was catapulted into the stratosphere in 2017 thanks to the success of her single “Bodak Yellow,” which she appeared on as a regular cast member on the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip: New York” between 2015 and 2017. That single was certified diamond. She is the only female rapper whose song has ever been certified diamond by the RIAA. Her 2018 studio album “Invasion of Privacy” broke several streaming records, went triple platinum, and earned Cardi a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. Cardi B is a social media sensation outside of music.