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Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan,
on October 11, 1992. She has a Dominican father and a Trinidadian
mother of African and Spanish descent. Almánzar was raised
in the Highbridge neighborhood of the South Bronx, and spent
much time at her paternal grandmother’s home in Washington Heights,
which she credits with giving her “such a thick accent.” Almánzar
developed the stage name “Cardi B” as a derivation of Bacardi, a rum
brand that was formerly her nickname. She has a younger sister,
Hennessy Carolina, who was born in 1995. She has said she was a gang
member with the Bloods in her youth, since age 16, but stated she
would not encourage joining a gang. She attended Renaissance High School
for Musical Theater & Technology, a vocational high school on the Herbert H. Lehman High School campus.
During her teens, Cardi B was employed at an Amish deli in Tribeca.
She was fired and became a dancer at a strip club across the street.
 Cardi B has said that becoming a stripper was positive for her life in many ways
: “It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping I went back to school.
“ She stated that she became a stripper to escape poverty and domestic violence,
having been in an abusive relationship at the time after being kicked out of her mother’s house
, and that stripping was her only way to earn enough money to escape the situation and
get an education. She attended Borough of Manhattan Community College before eventually
dropping out. While stripping, Cardi B lied to her mother by telling her she was making money
In 2013, she began to gain publicity due to several of her videos spreading on social media,
on Vine and her Instagram page.
In 2015, Cardi B joined the cast of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York,
debuting in season six. Jezebel considered her the breakout star of the show’s sixth season
. The New York Times wrote that she garnered popularity with “her ability to rattle off one-liners”
. The sixth and seventh seasons chronicle her rise to stardom and her turbulent relationship
with her incarcerated fiancé. On December 30, 2016, after two seasons, she announced that
she would be leaving the show to further pursue a career in music.
In November 2015, Cardi B made her musical debut on Jamaican reggae fusion singer
Shaggy’s remix to his single “Boom Boom”, alongside fellow Jamaican dancehall singer Popcaan.
 She made her music video debut on December 15, 2015, with the song “Cheap Ass Weave”,
her rendition of British rapper Lady Leshurr’s “Queen’s Speech 4”. On March 7, 2016, Cardi B
released her first full-length project, a mixtape titled Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1. In November 2016,
she was featured on the digital cover of Vibe magazine’s “Viva” issue. On September 12, 2016,
KSR Group released the compilation Underestimated: The Album, which is a collaboration between KSR
Group artists Cardi B, HoodCelebrityy, SwiftOnDemand, Cashflow Harlem, and Josh X. It was previously
released only to attendees of their U.S. tour. KSR Group’s flagship artist Cardi B said
“I wanted to make a song that would make girls dance, twerk and at the same time
encourage them to go get that Shmoney,” in regard to the compilation’s single “What a Girl Likes”.
She appeared on the December 9, 2015, episode of Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne
. On April 6, 2016, she was on the twelfth episode of Khloé Kardashian’s Kocktails with
Khloé: in this episode, she revealed how she told her mother that she was a stripper.
In November 2016, it was announced that she would be joining the cast of the BET series
Being Mary Jane. TVLine describes her character, Mercedes, as a “round-the-way beauty
with a big weave, big boobs and a big booty to match her oversize, ratchet personality.”
In 2016, Cardi B was featured in her first endorsement deal with Romantic Depot,
a large New York chain of lingerie stores that sell sexual health and wellness products.
The ad campaign was featured on radio and cable TV.