Female rapper Cardi B — real name Belcalis Almánzar — is under fire after a video resurfaced about her treatment of men.
In the video, Cardi B, who rose to meteoric success after spending several years as a stripper in New York, admits that she used to drug men who wanted to sleep with her, and then rob them. She also adds that her best revenge on an intoxicated, cheating boyfriend is to bring a "tranny" into the bedroom.
What's on this recording?
The clip is from an Instagram Live video from 2016.
On the recording, Cardi B can be heard saying, "I had to go strip, I had to go, 'Oh yeah, you want to f*** me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let's go back to this hotel,' and I drugged n****s up, and I robbed them. That's what I used to do."
Cardi B reportedly made the remarks in response to the idea that she didn't work for her successes.
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CardiB says she used to what? 👀 https://t.co/NJWigTlb9Z— Hip Hop Ratchet (@Hip Hop Ratchet) 1553454516.0
Another clip shows
Cardi B talking about how to deal with cheating boyfriends and revealed that, instead of cheating on the cheating boyfriend, "there's other ways to get even":
"Cheat on me? I be like, 'Aight.' I'ma take him out, we're gonna get drunk," she says. "I'm gonna get him all perk'd up and everything. We're gonna have a good time. Get him super twisted. Then bring a b***h around, we gonna have a threesome, and when he wakes up he's gonna be like, 'What the f***?' Because the b***h was a tranny. I'm gonna be like, 'Yup. We had a threesome with a tranny.'"
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Cardi B Jokes About Drugging & Hooking Men Up With "Trannies" In Resurfaced Video #SurvivingCardiB https://t.co/xnih2NAg9M— Underground Raps (@Underground Raps) 1553705439.0
How did she respond to the backlash?
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Cardi B issued an explanation.
"So I'm seeing on social media that [an Instagram] live I did 3 years ago has popped back up," the 26-year-old rapper wrote. "A live where I talked about things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a living. I never claim [sic] to be perfect or come from a perfect world wit [sic] a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my s**t."
She added, "There are rappers that glorify murder violence drugs an [sic] robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive. I never glorified the things I brought up in that live I never even put those things in my music because I'm not proud of it and feel responsibility not to glorify it."
"I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options. I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not," she continued. "Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive."
Cardi B added that the men in question were men that she reportedly dated, who were "conscious, willing, and aware."
"The men I spoke about in my live were men that I dated that I was involved with men that [they] were conscious willing and aware," she explained. "I have a past that I can't change we all do."
She concluded, "all I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future."
She later shared the post on Twitter.
All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future. https://t.co/VlPJW20thN— iamcardib (@iamcardib) 1553631275.0
The videos went viral on social media, and many users compared her antics to those of actor and comedian Bill Cosby, who is serving time in prison in connection with drugging and sexual assaults, as well as musician R. Kelly, who was recently charged with sexually assaulting multiple underage victims.