It’s been a few years since Cardi B described herself as “just a regular, degular, schmegular girl from the Bronx,” and even back then it was an understatement. A former stripper who built a following by sharing personal videos on Instagram and Vine, she became the breakout star of the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York in its sixth and seventh seasons. After she left the show at the end of last year to focus on her rap career, she signed a deal with Atlantic Records, and released the single “Bodak Yellow” in June.
Today, Billboard announced that Cardi B’s hit song had reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. This is the first time that a female rapper has topped the Hot 100 chart without assistance from other credited artists since Lauryn Hill’s solo performance “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998.
Cardi B is thrilled with her latest achievement. She posted a video on Instagram in which she says it’s been a “very motherfucking emotional day.” Watch it here:
The rapper now has more than 10 million Instagram followers, and her photos and videos remain as provocative as ever: