Cardi B is another variation on a Bronx tale where a woman gets tired of being with the wrong man and steps out to free herself. During that process she discovers her hidden talent and begins to make career strides to stardom. Belcalis Almanzar, Cardi B’s real name, has come into the rapper genre with full force, topping Beyonce’s popularity to have five Top 10 singles in the same week on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Last year she signed a deal with Atlantic Records, giving her the acclaim she deserved and cementing her place in the modern rap/hip-hop genre. 2017 was made even better when rapper boyfriend Migos’ Offset proposed to her later in the year. She told a British newspaper that she planned to spend at least $1 on her upcoming wedding, though the date has yet to be set.
Her break to financial freedom began after leaving, what was according to her, a controlling relationship and became a stripper. That first year she took home more than $27,000, definitely a step in the right financial direction. But she was intuitive enough to realize that her talents could reach millions of people on social media, primarily Vine and Instagram. Her estimated number of Instagram followers stands at almost 17 million.
But her videos were not all about stripping. She passed along advice and shared her experiences on relationships and the transition from dependency to independence. This initial success resulted in an offer from VH1 to appear in their “Love and Hip Hop: New York” series, where she became a member of the main cast for seasons 6 and 7. It followed the lives of women working in hip hop, which Cardi B was now considered to be a part of.
She would put out a couple of mixtapes, Gangsta B**ch Music, volumes 1 and 2, that would lead to that Atlantic Records contract in 2017. She would then be featured on the Bruno Mars “Finesse (Remix)” album and video, only furthering her international exposure as a hip hop artist and rapper to be reckoned with.
In 2016, Cardi B’s net worth was estimated at around $400,000. In early 2017 that number jumped to roughly $1.5 million, and now its sits at more than $4 million, multiplying her 2016 net worth by 10.
If you think that she is a rapper without a plan, you should learn more about her. Those early years where she was making “just” $27,000 was part of a plan to save $100,000 by the time she was 25. That record deal with Atlantic increased her net worth by $1.1 million in a single month, matching that $100k goal and topping it by a factor of 10 (there’s that number 10 again).
Her net worth numbers are certain to climb over the next few years, as she not only has accumulated a lot of hardware, including a number of Grammys, but she can now be found on YouTube, where many of her videos have gone over the 65 million view mark – and more. She hasn’t forgotten about her Instagram followers, and that number can be expected to grow as well.
One thing that is worth noting here about fame, fortune, and what success does to people is that Cardi B had a plan from day one, and even though she has met and exceeded her goal, there is no sign of her letting up. She continues to work hard, and between getting continuing exposure from working with some of the top names in the music industry and her growing brand recognition there seems to be no limit to her potential. All she has to do at this point is to not forget where she came from.
There seem to be no problems that would slow up her rise to fame. She plans on getting married, she has a good sense of money and finances, and she has a long history of being committed to achieving her goals. Less than a decade ago she learned that you can get out of being controlled and change things so you are in control. But there’s no indication she’s a controlling person, so she has achieved another life goal – finding balance. It is something many men and women, who have risen to stardom faster and have made more money, could never find.