I Fucking Love Cardi B

I used to teach GED to 17-21 year olds in the Boogie Down Bronx and there I met some of the funniest, charismatic, brilliant and talented individuals I’ll ever meet in my whole life. These folks were kicked out of school for behavior issues and most got caught up in the cycle of poverty that had them do what they had to do. However in my classroom I needed to make sure that they were heard and given chances to read literature that was for them, written by people who looked like them and giving them the space to discuss what they were reading without limitations. That to me is what education is about. This was many moons ago and I had to tell that story so y’all could get why I love Cardi B soooooooo much.

I love that she says that she’s a regular, schmegular girl from the Bronx every chance she gets. She tells it like it is and she’s unapologetically herself in ways that some may find offensive but so the fuck what? I feel her when she was talking about how fame is crazy and you can’t just be your regular self anymore. I can literally feel her sentiment because she’s been the same person from day one and she shouldn’t have to change for anyone or any amount of money. I was dying watching her on Jimmy Fallon because she was really fucking hilarious. She reminds me of my kids and I kicking it in the classroom talking about regular shit in ways that are animated and authentic as hell. I love that. I love her. I’ve heard the critics say she’s too loud, she’s too annoying, she’s too ratchet and series of other bullshit that people do to women when they don’t fit into their standard of acceptable. She doesn’t give a fuck about your thoughts on her behavior, she’s just trying to live her damn life.

Aside from me loving her IG posts, her album Invasion of Privacy is good as hell. Nah, it’s better than good, the shit has been on my playlist everyday since 4/6. If I had my red SONY CD player that CD would have been scratched the fuck up because I’ve listened to RING at least 48 times in a row. I’ve been playing back Thru Your Phone, Drip and of course Bodak Yellow on repeat. I had no idea that Cardi B would appeal to my eardrums the way that she has. I had no clue that I’d be thinking of ways to feed these assholes bleach after listening to her songs. She puts me in a mood to workout hard and to walk off those demons. She really helps me pull out my raw fucking emotions and for me, that’s the work of a great artist.

I don’t care that she isn’t politically correct. I don’t care that she isn’t a great role model. I don’t care about anything that defines her or doesn’t define her besides who she says she is. I love Cardi B because she’s real, she’s pure and she is relatable as fuck. People keep searching for ways to correct or normalize or make her be who she never promised she would be. I love her because she’s so unapologetic, raw and unfiltered. Her lyrics hit home because I feel every single bit of those words in my atoms. She describes perfectly the feelings I’ve felt far too many times. She made the perfect soundtrack to accompany my rage and my fuck y’all motherfuckas today and all days. She fucking gets it and I love her for that.