Cardi B Is The First Solo Female Rapper To Top The US Charts In 19 Years


Three weeks after being awarded a gold disc by the RIAA, Cardi B's first single "Bodak Yellow" has shot to number one in Billboard's Hot 100 chart, knocking Taylor Swift off the top spot. 

With the move, Cardi B has become the first solo female rap act to reach the position in nineteen years, following Lauryn Hill who topped the ranking with "Doo-Wop (That Thing)" back in 1998. 

A rise as impressive as it is surprising, the Bronx rapper's achievement is all the more spectacular considering just a year ago she was a little-known ex-stripper and Instagram personality with a spot on reality TV.

As Dazed and Confused reminds us, only three other female rappers have reached the top spot before and only as part of collaborations. Back in 2001, Lil' Kim teamed up with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink for "Lady Marmalade."

Before that, Shawnna hit number one with Ludacris and "Stand Up" in 2003. More recently, Iggy Azalea came out top with her track "Fancy" with singer Charli XCX.

A remarkable performance, then, which has been congratulated by fellow rappers Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj. It seems this is just the beginning of a very promising career for Cardi B.