Cardi B was stripping long before she was spitting bars. She also admitted to drugging and robbing johns in the past. She’s not afraid of opening up about her history, and that includes stripping.
While speaking with Interview Magazine, Cardi B said that being a stripper made her feel “on top of the world” because she was one of their most requested dancers.
“The stripper attitude is, ‘I’m not ashamed of being a stripper because a lot of these b*tches don’t have sh*t. A lot of these b*tches don’t have a place to stay, don’t have no car, can’t afford this, can’t afford that. Y’all out here f*cking n****s for free, but y’all shaming me because I’m shaking my ass? Y’all hoes be showing y’all f*cking bodies on social media, and y’all not getting paid.’ That mentality stuck with me.”
“I felt like, ‘You’re judging me, but I’m making more money than you.’ I felt like nobody could shame me for being a stripper.”
“When I started stripping, I was making probably $500 a night. As I got bigger, I was making $2,000, maybe $5,000. When I got really popular on Instagram I was making $7,000 to $10,000 a week.”
“I felt on top of the world. I felt so untouchable and so sexy, because there were rappers that all these girls lust over who would come to the strip club and request me to go to their section. They would request me. If I’m so trash, why are these guys requesting me? I’m getting paid for my looks. Nobody’s going to spend money on you if you’re ugly.”
Cardi B used that social media fame and transitioned it into a career in the entertainment industry where she has few rivals. We’ll see what kind of chart-topping song she drops next, but she’s not disparaging anyone for making that money.