Yesterday, Cardi B's single, "Bodak Yellow" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the first time in 19 years that a solo female rapper has topped the chart, and making her the fifth female rapper ever have a No. 1 song. Lauryn Hill is the only other female rapper to reach No. 1 without any assistance from any other credited artists, with her 1998 hit, "Doo Wop (That Thing)."
In a summer-long battle for the top spot, Cardi B unseated Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" from the No. 1 spot this week, which fell to No. 3, following Post Malone and 21 Savage's "Rockstar."
The track's title is a reference to Kodak Black because the song's flow and chorus are similar to his track, "No Flockin." Cardi explained that she changed "Kodak" to "Bodak" to reference the B in Cardi B, and then "Yellow" instead of "Black" because she "is yellow" (a reference to her Dominican-Trinidadian heritage).
Cardi B's catchphrase is that she's a “regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx.” Cardi, born Belcalis Almanzar to Dominican and Trinidadian parents, is unapologetic about her past, adding to her regular, relatable persona. She said in an interview that she dropped out of school to get out of an abusive relationship, and then became an exotic dancer to support herself. She later moved to other endeavors, including social media (you may know her as the woman behind the "hoe never gets cold" Vine), a cast member of "Love & Hip Hop New York" on VH1, and eventually rapping.
As the single began to rise, many were speculative over if she'd make it to the top. However, Cardi's team predicted her top spot over the summer, during an interview that later turned into a New York Times profile:
In the elevator she asked her publicist Patientce Foster, “What are we going to do to celebrate if I’m No. 1?”
“Don’t say ‘if,’” Ms. Foster said. “When.”
Over the past few days, fellow rappers have taken to social media to congratulate Cardi on her achievements.
Congratulations to my baby cakes @iamcardib I always knew this day would come and I am so happy and proud of U!! https://t.co/LA83Rnh9LF pic.twitter.com/v6NWKsRWXM
— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) September 25, 2017