Before this week, Cardi B was already one of the most controversial artists in the music business. While she has a massive fanbase with her Bardi Gang, her raunchy lyrics and unfiltered personality have led her to become a polarizing figure.
This week, however, she's arguably facing her biggest controversy. A clip from one of Cardi's Instagram Live streams resurfaced showing the rapper claiming she drugged and robbed men before her fame.
CardiB says she used to what? ? pic.twitter.com/NJWigTlb9Z— Hip Hop Ratchet (@HipHopRatchet) March 24, 2019
The three-year-old clip caused an absolute frenzy on social media, with shocked fans disassociating themselves from the "Be Careful" rapper, and others defending her.
Once #SurvivingCardiB--in reference to the R Kelly Lifetime docuseries--began trending on Twitter, the rapper had to address the controversy. She initially downplayed it, but eventually wrote a lengthy apology posted to Twitter:
All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future. pic.twitter.com/VlPJW20thN— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 26, 2019
However, before posting the note, Cardi broadcasted on IG Live Sunday and claimed that there was a double standard between male rappers who have committed crimes in their past and female rappers who did the same.
"I never claim to be a angel I always been a street b***h," Cardi said. "Ya'll be glorifying these street rappers that talk and do that grimey street s**t but they can't stand a street b***h!"
During that IG Live broadcast, the rapper also claimed that she will go more in-depth on her upbringing and life surviving in the streets. "Y'all don't gotta worry about it, y'all don't gotta tell my story," Cardi said. "Want to know why y'all don't gotta tell my story? Because I'm going to write a book about my life."
Cardi B said on instagram live that she will be writing and releasing a book about her personal life. ?✨ pic.twitter.com/0vHs8jtDr4— Cardi B Fan Team (@CardiBTeam) March 24, 2019
If the Bronx-native actually does publish her own book, perhaps she will provide further context to her claim that she drugged and robbed men during her stripping days. Context certainly is not an excuse for those crimes, but learning how Cardi got to that point will be interesting to read.