The #MeToo movement continues to sweep Hollywood but one area of entertainment that has been largely silent is hip hop. Cardi B, one of the most prominent women in the genre, graces the April cover of "Cosmopolitan" magazine and used the opportunity to speak upon hip hop's stance—or lack thereof—of the #MeToo movement.
As a former stripper, the 25-year-old criticizes hip hop culture's lack of empathy towards sexual harassment towards women.
"Just because somebody was a stripper don’t mean they don’t have no brain,” she says. “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on.”
She remembers a time when wanted to become a "vixen"—a woman who stars in music videos and is featured in magazines and ad campaigns—and the mistreatment that she suffered. Further, she notes that the women in the industry who do speak out are treated as if they have no credibility behind their allegations.
“When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, ‘You want to be on the cover of this magazine?’ Then they pull their dicks out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter,'" she explains. Cardi is equally jaded that the men who have stood behind to embrace the #MeToo movement are not genuine.
“These producers and directors,” she says, “they’re not woke, they’re scared.”
Putting past challenges behind her, Cardi B continues to rise in hip hop. After leaving the reality show "Love & Hip Hop," her "Bodak Yellow" has become a pop culture phenomenon. She made commercial history when her single reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September; Cardi is the first solo female rapper to achieve such an accomplishment since Lauryn Hill did it almost 20 years ago.
"Before the whole BIG SURPRISE...Somebody call me and told me to check the Chart data .I was shleeping and I woke the f*ck up !!!!" the rapper wrote happily on Instagram to celebrate the feat.
Cardi B is currently working on her highly-anticipated debut album.
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