The last time a female rapper made it to the top of the charts was in 1998, when Lauren Hill’s Doo-Wop (That Thing) reigned supreme.
What makes the achievement even more remarkable is that this song is Cardi B’s debut offering. Bodak Yellow managed to knock Taylor Swift’s latest controversial offering, Look What You Made Me Do, off the top spot.
According to Billboard, the rapper is one of only five females to top the Hot 100 list.
“After Hill, Lil’ Kim ruled for five weeks in 2001 with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk on Lady Marmalade; Shawnna reigned as featured on Ludacris’ Stand Up, which topped the 6 December 2003, chart; and Iggy Azalea‘s introductory Hot 100 hit, Fancy, featuring Charli XCX, led for seven weeks in 2014,” it noted.
The only other woman to top the list with a debut offering without any features is Megan Trainor, whose song All About That Bass was on the top spot for two months in 2014, according to Billboard.
In a heartwarming display of sisterhood and grace, other prolific female rappers took to social media to congratulate Cardi B. Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliot were among them.
“Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD-BREAKING achievement. Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!” Manaj wrote on her Twitter page.
“Congratulations @iamcardib for having a #1 record in the country that’s not as easy as it seem this huge May u have continued blessings,” wrote Missy Elliot.
Cardi-B’s success is even more impressive, considering her past as a stripper. Instead of shrinking from her past, the rapper sings about no longer needing to dance for money. According to Daily Beast the Love & Hip Hop star started stripping to gain her financial independence.
“After dropping out of college, she started stripping, seeking financial independence so she could move out of her boyfriend’s house,” it said.
“I don’t dance now, I make money moves (wave, ayy); Say I don’t gotta dance, I make money move (ooh, ooh)” she raps.
Additional reporting: The Daily Beast, Billboard