Cardi B defends Grammy win and slams haters in expletive-filled video rant
Hip-hop began in the 1970's, and the Grammy Awards did not start acknowledging the genre until 1996. As a result, many classic rap songs, albums and artists were totally ignored by The Academy. Iconic artists like Run-D.M.C., Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, the Wu-Tang Clan, and A Tribe Called Quest - just to a name a few! - received zero trophies from the Grammys.
Since the ceremony began acknowledging hip-hop, their picks have been notoriously spotty. For example, did Eminem really deserve to win Rap Album Of The Year six times? Rap albums only won Album of the Year twice? (Lauryn Hill's Miseducation and Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below). And how did Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist beat Kendrick Lamar's acclaimed debut good kid, M.A.A.D. City?
Due to these glaring snubs, the Academy changed its rules to include more voters who actually listen to hip-hop. Good idea, since rap recently surpassed rock to become the most popular musical genre in the world. Thanks to those changes, the Academy's rap picks improved, and this year, the competition for best album was fierce.
On Sunday night, Cardi B became the first woman to win the Grammy award for Best Rap Album. Her blockbuster debut, Invasion Of Privacy, beat Pusha T's Daytona, Nipsey Hussle's Victory Lap, Travis Scott's Astroworld and the late Mac Miller's Swimming. Regardless of which one was your favorite (mine was Pusha T's Daytona), they were all critically acclaimed albums that popped up on many media outlets' year-end 'best-of' lists.
However, some people criticized Cardi's win, claiming she did not deserve the accolade. On Monday, she posted and deleted an expletive-filled rant, which alluded to the media pitting her against Nicki Minaj.
"You know what, it's not my style for people to put other people down to uplift somebody else," she stated. "That's not my style and that's not what I'm with and I don't support that, however I've been taking a lot of sh*t today. I'm seeing a lot of bullsh*t today and I saw a lot of sh*t last night and I'm sick of this sh*t. I work hard for my mother f***ing album."
She went on to slam the haters: "My album went two times platinum my n***a and every chart that there was my album was always top ten, number one album as well! ... I f***ing worked my ass off, locked myself in the studio for three months my n***a and then went to sleep in my own bed sometimes for four days straight - pregnant! Some songs couldn't even get on the f***ing album because my nose was so f***ing stuffy from my pregnancy."
She concluded, "While everybody was harassing me like, you not gonna do it, we know you pregnant, your career's over - that sh*t's dwelling in my f***ing mind while I'm workin!"
Hey, cheer up, Cardi! You've already got more Grammys than Run-D.M.C., Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, the Wu-Tang Clan, and A Tribe Called Quest, combined.