Cardi B Talks Kris Jenner’s Advice & Setting Boundaries W/In Her Marriage
Cardi B has been able to leverage her career successfully since her inception into the media on VH1’s hit series “Love & Hip-Hop.” As we were first introduced to the “Backin’ It Up” rapper as a stripper from the Bronx with a dream, she has exceeded critics and her colleagues as she has continued to break records and establish new standards since her breakout single “Bodak Yellow” in 2017. .
With the preparation for new music, Cardi is also bracing for her clothing collaboration with the mega e-commerce brand, Fashion Nova. For the past two years, Cardi has laid the foundation for what’s to come in the coming years, but hopefully her success won’t be diminished by her personal life. Atop of the rapper charting charts, a few of her most public blunders have made headlines this year. Most recently, Cardi, 25, was all smiles as she stepped out of the courthouse after being charged with one count of reckless endangerment and another single count of third-degree assault by two sisters.
She also took a shoe to fellow rapper, Nicki Minaj during New York Fashion Week over speculation the “Barbie Dreams” rapper inadvertently spoke ill about Cardi B’s 3-month old, Kulture Kiari Cephus. As Nicki, 35, has denied ever disrespecting Cardi or her daughter, it’s still foggy where their relationship or beef will venture off from here. But as Cardi tries to move past it, she is focused on being a mother, wife, and learning how to balance it all. She discusses the first few conversations about her career she had with her husband, Offset, leading up to her giving birth, a detailed explanation why she dropped out of Bruno Mars’ fall tour, and what advice she received from Kris Jenner. Check out a few excerpts.
What it was like finding out she was pregnant,
When I got pregnant, I was fucking freaking out. Everybody around me was like, ‘No, this never happened before. Every artist that had a baby, they already put in years in the game. This is your first year. You’re going to mess it up. How are you going to make it?’?
Why she dropped out of Bruno Mars’ tour:
Four weeks after giving birth, I was supposed to start rehearsals for a fall tour with Bruno Mars, and I couldn’t even squat down.
People don’t really talk about what you go through after pregnancy. Like, they don’t tell you that you get stitches down there or that your first two weeks you’re constipated. Or that you get contractions because of breastfeeding. I wasn’t expecting that. When Kulture was born, I felt like I was a kid again; everything was making me cry, and I needed a lot of love.
Consulting with her husband about choosing a career over her baby:
‘You think my career’s going to be over?’ And he kept saying, ‘I don’t know how you don’t see it, but you so hot right now, nothing could get in your way. You just have to work hard and put out a poppin’ album. I think you should keep the baby.’
She outlines her potential trek to motherhood:
My baby. That’s all I give a f*ck about right now. I’m thinking about how my money’s going to last so this girl is 21 and put in college. I’m thinking about investments. I’m thinking about five years from now and about the craziest sh*t like, How am I going to discipline this girl?
Her experience growing up:
My mom tried to stop me from all of that [joining a gang], but I still did it. I joined a gang. If she had let me out as often as I wanted to, I probably would be dead or got my face cut up. Or been a teenage mom.
The type of parent she plans to be:
I’m going to be very strict. Like, you can have whatever you want, but you can’t do whatever you want.
What it was like she first got married:
When I got married with my dude, we still had a lot of doubts, because our relationship is not like everybody’s.
He was always traveling, and I was always traveling. We’re artists. So I used to see him, like, twice a week, and, you know, he’s known for having different women, and I’m known for, like, not taking sh*t from guys. But we really loved each other, and we was scared to lose each other.
What it it’s like being married to a rapper:
Every single day there’s rumors about me and my dude. And it almost drives me crazy, because I start to believe them. I don’t have no proof. I don’t have receipts. But I just got to know my man. We practically on the phone 24 hours a day. If I can’t find him, I’m going to find his friend. Somebody going to answer the phone. But I cannot be feeling insecure, to a point that I would drive my dude away, because these people want that to happen.
Elaborating on the limitations of being married to a rapper:
I can’t rap about certain things, because I don’t want to insult my husband. And when I want to do a music video, I can’t use a male model and do crazy things. He knows better than to do certain things in music videos. I’ll beat his *ss.
The conversation she had with Kris Jenner:
Kris told me, ‘People are going to talk badly about you, but it doesn’t really matter as long as you’re making money.’ And it’s true. If you read the online comments, it seems like everybody hates the Kardashians. Each and every one of them. But how can that be true if everything they sell sells out?