Birth Name: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar
Place of Birth: Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 11, 1992
Ethnicity: Dominican Republic [African and Spanish], some Trinidadian
Cardi B is an American rapper, songwriter, media personality, and actress. She is known for her songs “Bodak Yellow,” “I Like It,” “WAP,” “Up,” and “Girls Like You,” the latter with Maroon 5. She appeared on the reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York, and is the female rapper with the most number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and the first lead artist to top the Billboard Global 200. Cardi B has been creative director of Playboy magazine. She has appeared in the films Hustlers and F9.
Cardi B was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan, and was also raised in Highbridge, South Bronx. Her parents were born in the Dominican Republic, and her mother, Belkis Duran, lived in Trinidad. Cardi has said, “my mum is Trini &spaniard my pop Dominican.” Her parents both have African ancestry. Cardi stated on Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM that she is a Boston Red Sox fan because “That’s where all the Dominicans are at,” that most Dominican players are with the Red Sox. A picture of Cardi’s mother can be seen here. She has also said that her maternal grandfather was a Spanish immigrant to Trinidad, and her maternal grandmother was born on the island.
Her sister is social media star and television personality Hennessy Carolina. Her uncle is Billy Duran, a Bachata singer, a popular music genre of the Dominican Republic.
Cardi B is married to hip hop recording artist Offset, with whom she has two children. She is also known as Belcalis Marlenis Almànzar Cephus, her married name.
Her name Cardi B comes from Bacardi, a type of rum.
Cardi B has said:
One thing that always bothers me is that people know so little about my culture. We are Caribbean people. And a lot of people be attacking me because they feel like I don’t be saying that I’m black… Some people want to decide if you’re black or not, depending on your skin complexion, because they don’t understand Caribbean people or our culture. I don’t got to tell you that I’m black. I expect you to know it… I expect people to understand that just because we’re not African American, we are still black. It’s still in our culture. Just like everybody else, we came over here the same f**king way. I hate when people try to take my roots from me.