Cardi B. Rapper. Chart-topper. Maker of money moves.
Cardi has been around for a while, but there's no doubt that 2017 was HER year.
Don't believe me? Let's go back to the start and examine ALL the evidence:
1.Our girl started 2017 strong by releasing her second fire mixtape in January named "Gangsta Bitch Vol. 2".
The album immediately jumped into the #2 slot on iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap albums, because of course it did.
2.Not too long after, Cardi was offered a small role in BET's Being Mary Jane and proved that our girl can do more than just rap.
3.She then started traveling the country and gettin' schmoney with rap icons Lil' Kim and Remy Ma.
4.All while her killer fashion choices were being recognized by a littleeeee publication called Vogue.
5.Come March, Cardi dropped this INCREDIBLE freestyle named "Red Barz" and reached a whopping 35 million views on YouTube alone.
It made fans out of haters that was used to be real salty 'bout her.
6.Now fast forward to June, when Cardi released the song that changed her life and got me mine, "Bodak Yellow".
7.The song's reach started off a bit slow, but it's climb on the Billboard charts was definitely worth noting.
8.Her already huge fan base began growing at a much quicker pace, so 2017 became the year Bardigang was born.
9.Cardi then got featured on the cover of Fader's summer music issue which is kinda a big deal, ya know?
10.Her music began circulating much further than ever before and stars like Kevin Hart, Ludacris....
...and Demi Lovato were all taking note of just how iconic she is.
11.Bodak eventually made a monumental climb into the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100.
12.And Cardi celebrated by attending the VMAs AND performing Bodak for the pre-show.
13.But then came one of THE BEST moments of 2017, when Cardi finally hit #1 on the Hot 100!
At only 24 years old, Cardi made history by becoming the second female rapper to lead the chart without a feature.
14.Hollywood's greatest came out in droves to congratulate her on her much deserved success.
15.Amongst all this wonderful chaos, Cardi was then the biggest winner at the BET awards, winning five of the nine awards she was nominated for: Single of the Year, Best New Hip-Hop Artist, Hustler of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Style, and Best Mixtape.
16.And if five awards and #1 song wasn't enough to celebrate, Cardi's boyfriend Offset decided to put a ring on it!