Baby caps off a whirlwind year that included several #1 top hits, a successful highly anticipated album release, a first time ever co-host gig with Jimmy Fallon, a Coachella headliner performance, a tour and her first Saturday Night Live (SNL) performance where she announced the much rumored before pregnancy news by having the camera reveal her large bump in a white form fitting dress.
She recently lamented about naysayers who think a baby is a career-killer.
“You know what—I’m a grown woman. I’m 25 years old…I’m a schmillionaire and I’m prepared for this,” the “Bodak Yellow” rapper (whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar) Power 101’ Breakfast Club radio show.“It just really bothers me and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online [commenting], ‘I feel sorry for you. Your career is over.’ Why can’t I have both?” she added. “Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? Why can’t I have both. I want both.”
The hip hop star shared the news yesterday following a performance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
“You know, shorty keep growing and I be looking like I be moving and everything, but in reality, a b*tch can barely breathe,” Cardi announced in an Instagram video giving fans the news. “I can barely breathe right now. I’ve ate like six chicken wings, and I can barely breathe now.”
Cardi, real name: Belcalis Almanzar, alerted fans of her final performance too.
“Hey guys after Broccoli fest I won’t be doing no more performances .Thank you for understanding ?love yaaa” she captioned the video.
The change of plans comes a few days after Bardi told Jimmy Fallon on his late night talk show during her historic co-hosting gig that she planned to work until the baby arrived.
“I don’t know if it’s the strength of the fetus, but I have never felt so hungry to succeed,” Cardi shared during her co-hosting spot on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the other week. “I rehearsed for this show,” the rapper continued. “I actually was up today at four in the morning. I was doing a radio run. Tomorrow [is another] radio run; another show, another party. I’m doing it all until I give birth.”
Just yesterday, she shut the show down at the Tinder Presents: Cardi B performance in the Mullins Center at the UMass, a prize to the college for winning the dating app’s “Swipe Off” contest after making the most “swipe rights” compared to other competing schools.
Cardi wore a asymmetrical red and white pinstripe shirt over shorts to the performance.
The Bronx-native rapper first gained social media attention openly discussing her career as a stripper which made her Instagram famous. She eventually landed a casting role on the VH1 TV series Love & Hip Hop: New Yorkbetween 2015 and 2017, but she really started to get some fame after getting an Atlantic Records deal.
Her first single, “Bodak Yellow,” hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – making her only the second female rapper to steal the top spot with a solo track.
Cardi’s debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy”, was released last week and entered as the number one record on the Billboard 200. It features “Bodak Yellow” as well as other notable singles “I Like It,” and “I Do,” featuring SZA.
After the news, she said she still planned to tour with Bruno Mars through October, and even twerked during her Coachella performance last week.
During a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show, she said of the Coachella perfrmance that she wanted to show audiences what she did to get pregnant in the first place.
She had already canceled the Wireless Festival in July and Varietysaid that it’s “safe to assume” her July dates, and even potentially some shows in May, will be cancelled when her due date rolls around.