By any standard, 2018 was an incredible year for the 26-year-old rapper Cardi B. She put out her debut album, became a mother and broke records in the process.
It’s inarguable that she’s a force to be reckoned with when it comes music of any kind, but she has become one of the undisputed heavyweights in music’s most popular genre right now.
The stripper-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-rap-star’s meteoric rise to the top started in 2017 with the release of her smash hit single “Bodak Yellow,” a song that would go platinum seven times and held the crown as the most streamed song in the country for a while. Cardi also became only the fifth female rapper to ever top the Billboard Hot 100, a major accomplishment.
Starting with the release of a collab with Bruno Mars, “Finesse,” Cardi’s career flourished in 2018. When the song was released early that year, it jumped onto the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10, joining “No Limit” by G-Easy, “Motorsports” from Migos and Cardi’s own “Bartier Cardi” and “Bodak Yellow” to give her five of the top ten singles on the list.
That makes Cardi B the first woman to ever do so, beating out Beyoncé and her four top singles.
I mean, you know you’re having a hell of a year when you’re out here breaking records from Queen Bey, right?
Cardi dropped her debut album Invasion of Privacy to rave reviews. Featuring bangers like “Money Bag,” “Bickenhead” and “I Like It,” the album shot to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 list, with 12 of the 13 tracks on the album breaking into the Hot 100.
According to a tweet from @chartdata, every single song on the 13-track album has been certified Gold or higher. The album itself has gone double-platinum and has officially been certified in its entirety, earning it the accolade of the first record made by a woman to have every individual song certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Invasion of Privacy was as incredible of a debut as a performer could possibly imagine.
In the meantime, she announced her marriage to and split from Offset, one-third of superstar rap collective Migos, launched her own lipstick line with Tom Ford, collaborated with Fashion Nova and scored her own Netflix show.
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To cap off her incredible year, she found out she was nominated for five Grammy awards including an Album of the Year and Best Rap Album of the Year nod for her debut album, record of the year in “I Like It,” rap performance for “Be Careful” and “Bodak Yellow,” rap song for “Bodak Yellow.”
On her way out of a New York City courthouse, Cardi found out she was nominated from a reporter responding, “I am? How many nominations?” Talk about staying humble.
Cardi performed on the 2019 Grammys last weekend and picked up her first Grammy award, becoming the first solo female artist to ever take home the award in the Best Rap Album category and making history once again.
After an incredible first year in the game, estimates put Cardi’s net worth at an impressive $8 million.
Her success shows no signs of slowing down going into 2019, recently dropping”Please Me” with Bruno Mars and announcing her plans a new album for 2019, possibly as soon as Spring, during an interview on Instagram Live.
“Of course it’s gonna be an album in 2019,” she said. “Hopefully, I could get my album done around the same time that ‘Invasion of Privacy’ came out, but I don’t know how possible that’s gonna be because I feel like I’m going to be extremely, extremely busy.”
For all we know, Cardi B could have an even better record-breaking year ahead of her in 2019.
Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty Star in New ‘Sonic’ Music Video
When you think of Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty and Sueco the Child, what springs to mind? If your answer is Sonic the Hedgehog, you’re ahead of the curve.
The quartet has teamed up to record “Speed Me Up,” the lead song on the upcoming Sonic movie soundtrack. They appear in the just-released video as 8-bit avatars and sing about topics including Sonic’s pal Knuckles and the fast-moving world of their lives.
The video starts with Wiz blowing into a Sega Genesis game cartridge and, real talk, you’ll be hooked from there. He’s then transported to the pixelated world of Sonic the Hedgehog, teaming up with Sonic and his fellow rappers to collect rings, jam out in Sonic’s bedroom and take on the evil Dr. Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey.
The song is the first drop from the soundtrack by Atlantic Records.
Things haven’t been smooth sailing for the Sonic movie. The first trailer featured Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise, which felt really ill-fitting. The movie was scheduled for release in November 2019, but the initial rendering of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog was met with less than positive feedback, leading to a design overhaul and a three-month delay on release. It’s now scheduled for release on February 14. Romantic!
Legendary Guitarist Carlos Santana to Launch Premium Cannabis Brand
Legendary guitarist and long-time cannabis advocate Carlos Santana is getting into the business, becoming the latest musician to partner with Left Coast Ventures.
The products will include premium cannabis and hemp CBD products specifically chosen to pay homage to Santana’s Latin heritage while leveraging the power of ancient therapies and enable consumers to uncover and “follow their light,” according to Left Coast Ventures.
According to a press release, the collab will “honor Santana’s heritage while incorporating his divine philosophies by identifying strains and products that promote the spiritual consciousness and wellness effects of cannabis.”
The cannabis line will include flower and pre-rolls and is expected for a summer 2020 launch in select Californian dispensaries.
The hemp CBD brand is looking at a fall launch and will include topicals with formulations inspired by Santana’s family.
“Cannabis is a window or a door to different awareness of consciousness,” said Santana in a statement. “It gives you the choice to perceive through a different filter of awakening and healing, the misperception of distance as an illusion, which keeps you from being centered in your essence-core. It helps you arrive at knowing, accepting and owning a quality of life that is being with joy!”
10-time Grammy winner, Woodstock veteran and Hall of Fame guitarist Santana is the latest musician to join Left Coast Ventures’ list of partners. The company has previously launched cannabis products with Mickey Hart, drummer of the Grateful Dead (Mind Your Head) and the Bob Marley estate (Marley Natural).
“We are excited to launch cannabis and hemp CBD brands that deeply respect Latin heritage and celebrate the unique light of every individual,” said Brett Cummings, CEO of Left Coast Ventures.
“It’s a true honor to work with a dynamic legendary musician like Santana who has influenced millions through his music and shares our values and passion to legitimize the future of cannabis.”
Carlos Santana is currently on a world tour. Find out if he’s playing near you.
Sharon Stone Sues Chanel West Coast Over “Sharon Stoned”
From shout-outs to disses, namedrops are nothing new in rap. But when does a shout-out become something more? That’s a question Sharon Stone is asking Chanel West Coast — through her lawyers.
The iconic actress is suing the rapper for using her name “for commercial purposes” in the track “Sharon Stoned” without Stone’s consent.
The suit notes that the 2018 track turns Stone’s name into a hook, with the music video that followed in April of this year recreating scenes from Stone’s movies, including the interrogation scene from Basic Instinct.
It alleges that Chanel West Coast, whose real name is Chelsea Chanel Dudley, is “an aspiring rap artist who has desperately sought to garner credibility and stature in the hip-hop community,” by “attempting to capitalize on the former’s “extraordinary level of popularity and fame,” and it was the rapper’s intention to “trade on the fame and publicity rights of Sharon Stone for commercial gain.”
The suit contains a detailed breakdown of Stone’s career, from her roles and philanthropic endeavors, which is why she “maintains strict control over the manner in which her name, likeness, image, identity and persona are used,” and claims that Dudley infringed upon Stone’s identity and used Stone’s name “as a celebrity endorser” by using Stone’s name with “mantra-like repetition” in the lyrics, as “Defendant Dudley gratuitously repeats the name ‘Sharon Stone’ thirty-three times and the name ‘Sharon’ ninety-nine times.”
Stone also has an issue with the accompanying music video that uses her likeness as “celebrity endorser to promote the sale of cannabis paraphernalia without her permission or consent,” due to the product placement for Shine Papers.
The suit claims that the song and video show a “disregard of Sharon Stone’s right of privacy and publicity, and of her exclusive right to control the use and exploitation of her name, likeness, image, identity and persona,” and seeks punitive damages and any profits Dudley may have made from the song and video.
The suit contains quotes from Dudley in which she discusses wanting to “redo some classic, iconic Sharon Stone movie scenes” in the music video.
Dudley said in a statement that she was “surprised and disappointed” and claimed Stone was fully aware of the song, being set to appear in the music video, but “[Sharon] pulled out of participating in the music video the day of the shoot after months of conversations, in-person meetings with myself and the director, two dance rehearsals and even had her own ideas that she shared with myself and my team for the collaborative on the video.”
“To be frank, the entire production team and myself were surprised when she walked off,” said Dudley.
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