Cardi B just made history as the first female rapper to be on the cover of Vogue. In the new interview, the artist opened up about motherhood, music, and moving on from the cheating scandal with her husband and fellow rapper Offset.
Cardi B is already starting off the New Year strong; the star covered Vogue’s January 2020 issue with her daughter Kulture, wearing a red and white polka dot dress. The line of photos were completed with an in-depth interview, and the first thing Cardi addressed were her thoughts on her first album as she goes into creating her second. “The first time it was just me being myself,” she said. “I didn’t even care if people was gonna like it or not. When I found out I did so good, I’m like, is this a big number? Everybody was like, yes, this is a huge number. So it’s scary because it’s like, now you got to top your first album, and then it’s like, damn. I wonder if people are gonna relate to the new things, to the new life, to the new shit that I gotta talk about now. Music is changing.”
”I feel like people just wanna hear twerk-twerk music, but it’s like, is that just a phase? I probably need a sexy song. I need a lot of turn-up songs. I need a slow song, a personal song. And those are harder for me—I always need help when it comes to talking about my feelings. It’s hard for me to be soft, period. So it’s a lot of thoughts, a lot of pressure. It’s really like a job,” she said.
While Cardi has shined bright with her consistent accolades and history-making moves, she’s also battled some demons in the dark. One of those battles were forgiving her husband, and #Migos group member Offset. “When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,” Cardi explained. “But it’s real-life shit. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? You let all of us down,” Cardi said.
“My thing is, everybody on social media acts like relationships is perfect,” Cardi said. “And that’s crazy to me. I’m around so many women, and there’s always a woman talking about how she loves her man, but her man is not financially stable, or she has a problem with his mom, or the sex is not as good anymore. Everybody has issues. I believe in forgiveness. I prayed on it. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world. He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding. For me, monogamy is the only way. I’ll beat your ass if you cheat on me,” she continued.
Cardi is Cardi, take it, or leave it. Her personality, blunt opinions, and hot temper have kept us coming back to her page every single time. However, Cardi said that contrary to popular belief, she’s actually a very serene person. But she will stick up for herself if need be. “I’m really calm,” she insisted. “I’m the type of person now who like, if we talk about things and settle things, I will do that.” She’s even become a pro at fending off baseless accusations about her old career. “I just hate when people be like, oh, you used to be a stripper, so you’re a prostitute, you used to fuck guys. I never used to fuck guys. The thing about it is, when you’re known as a stripper that fucks guys for money, everybody hates you because you’re fucking up the game. You’re making guys expect more than what you should be giving, and the next bitch pays for it. I don’t have to give guys no ass. You want something from me? I want something from you. I want your money, you want my time. So I’m just gonna give you time. Once you start expecting more, my phone number’s disconnected. Bye.”
One of her last remarks was on motherhood. Cardi says that just because she’s a mom now that doesn’t mean she can’t express her sexuality and have fun. “I could shake my ass, I could be the most ratchet-est person ever, I could get into a fight tomorrow, but I’m still a great mom,” she says. “All the time, I’m thinking about my kid. I’m shaking my ass, but at the same time I’m doing business, I’m on the phone with my business manager saying, make sure that a percentage of my check goes to my kid’s trust. I give my daughter so much love, and I’m setting her up for a future. I want to tell her that a lot of the shit that I have done in life—no matter what I did, knowing that I wanted to have kids made me go harder to secure a good future for my kids.”