Cardi B & Rapsody Are Continuing Queen Latifah’s Tradition Of U.N.I.T.Y. (Video)
Over the last few years, Cardi B has achieved one of the top spots in music. The recent and first female rapper to take home the Grammy’s “Best Rap Album” title, care of 2018’s triple-platinum Invasion Of Privacy, went on social media tonight (July 11) to call attention to some of her deserving peers, who happen to be women.
“Let me tell y’all ’bout some rappers that are really f*cking dope that be rappin’ they ass off—and I feel that they don’t get the recognition that they deserve. Tierra Whack, Kamaiyah, Rapsody.” Cardi also shouted out Alabama MC Chika, referring to her by her Instagram handle. “I feel like we need to put these girls more in magazines [and websites]. Radio DJs, y’all need to hear these girls; y’all need to play their music on the radio. My fans, I want y’all to hear these girls ’cause these girls can rap they mothaf*ckin’ ass off! And we need to support them. And they don’t rap about their va-jay-jay’s, they don’t rap about suckin’ d*ck, and they’re dope-ass rappers.”
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In four hours, the Instagram post reached nearly 3 million views. Rapsody responded to the big-ups from the artist she competed with for the “Best Rap Song” Grammy Award in 2018 that Kendrick Lamar eventually won.
“Shout out to Cardi. That’s dope that you did that. That’s the second time you’ve done it for me; I know you did it when Laila’s Wisdom came out. But it’s just dope for you to have the position that you have, and the platform, and to show love to myself, Tierra Whack, to [Chika]. I’ve seen you do it before today; I’ve seen you do it with City Girls, and I always talk about it in interviews when I’m asked about you. Even besides that, I dig you because you’re real. I think that’s dope,” said Rap’. Both MCs have previously collaborated with Chance The Rapper.
“That’s how it’s supposed to be; it’s a village…there’s room for everybody.” She shouted out Cardi’s “Bardi Gang” of fans, and said “it’s appreciated.” In a Hip-Hop world that so often focuses on (and perhaps eggs on) women MCs tearing one another down, it is a strong statement of U.N.I.T.Y., at a time when women in Rap are as strong as they have ever been. The display harkens back to the days of Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Monie Love and other women MCs who strove to put ladies first.
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It takes a village. Reals ones always rise. Stay your authentic self always, @iamcardib !! People ask me about the state of Hip Hop and women in it all the time….my answer is always it’s BEAUTIFUL! There are sooooo many dope ladies rockin! To the sisterhood….keep doing YOU….there’s room for us all! And space to show love. It doesn’t dim your light to see the light in others. To our folk….know our power….the culture moves thru us. Mad love always!! – Rap 🔻
Last month, Rapsody announced her upcoming album, Eve, in a cryptic video. Def Jam Records later confirmed to be working with Jamla and Roc Nation on the follow-up to Laila’s Wisdom. In April, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Tierra Whack released video single “Unemployed.” During May, Chika delivered a jaw-dropping political performance on national television. Last month, Oakland, California’s Kamaiyah released “Windows,” featuring Tyga and Migos member Quavo. She called Cardi her “best friend” in thanking the Bronx, New Yorker for the show of support.
#BonusBeat: Last month, Cardi B released her provocative video single, “Press”: