Rapper Cardi B was on New Music Daily on Apple Music this week to talk about women in the music industry, and the subject of female artists competing against each other came up.
Cardi B says it’s sad others feel the need to automatically pit one woman against another.
“Every single time I feel like there’s a female artist that’s coming up, coming up, coming up and it’s getting they mainstream moment, I always see like little slick comments like, ‘Oh, they taking over your spot.’ “
And it just makes me feel like, ‘damn, why it had to be like that?’ Because I actually like shorty music a lot. Why does it even have to be like that?”
Variety writes that Cardi B grew up gathering influences from rappers in the early 2000s, when several female artists made headlines. But she says eventually, that trend started to die out, and female rappers weren’t being recognized as much.
“When I was 6, 7, 8, there was a lot different female rappers. And then there was a time that there was no female rappers at all. You never know if there is ever going to be a drought. You never know when people get tired of all the female rappers or people just stop… I don’t know, promoting them.”
She pointed out that rap artists like Sukihana, who has children, can reach out to more women who may share the same struggles as she. And the number of artists like Sukihana can only increase.
“Everybody came in the game kind of similar, but kind of different as well. So everybody has a different story and it’s dope that different type of girls could relate to a certain somebody, cause not everybody’s going to be able to relate to me.”
Cardi B acknowledges that these days, social media is another way fans can connect with their favorite artists.
“I became famous because of social media and the way that I see social media. I feel it’s no way that there’s only going to be two, three female rappers. It’s going to be several because you cannot stop anybody. You cannot stop kids, you cannot stop grown-ups from liking somebody’s music.”
Cardi B is currently riding on the success of her new single, “Wap,” which features Megan Thee Stallion. It’s their first collaboration.
But even the video for that song has been problematic for her, since many fans are in an uproar over Kylie Jenner’s appearance in the video.
Cardi B addressed that indirectly, saying it was important to her “to include different women, that are different races and come from different backgrounds, but are so powerful and influential.”
I wanna say thank you to every woman that was apart of my video! The fact that you made time in your schedules means alot to me! It was so important to me to include different women,that are different races and come from different backgrounds but are so powerful and influential.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 7, 2020