Cardi B has spoken out on the #MeToo movement, expressing doubts that the movement will change things in hip-hop.
The ‘Bodak Yellow’ star recently announced that her long-awaited debut album is coming next month. “New album in April — stay tuned motherfuckers,” she announced at the iHeartRadio Awards, neglecting to give any further specifics on titles, track-listing or a more concrete date.
Now, she has given an extensive interview with Cosmopolitan, opening up on her struggles as a black artist and past life as a stripped. Notably, she expresses doubts over the inclusivity of the #MeToo movement, and the impact it will have on the world of hip-hop.
“A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a fuck,” she says, noting that those whose sexuality is core to their appeal have a hard time convincing others of their own experiences with sexual assault.
She continues: “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.’”
Cardi B also doubts the legitimacy of many of the men siding with the movement. “These producers and directors,” she says, “they’re not woke, they’re scared.”
Elsewhere, the rapper explains her openness with her history as a stripper. “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’,” she says, explaining: “Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on.”
She also adds: ” I love my career now, but it’s like my spirit was happier before. When I was dancing, I had so much fun. I felt powerful in the club. I felt free.”