Cardi B is a successful rapper, singer, and social media personality who is most famous for her debut hit, “Bodak Yellow,” but her life was not always so glamorous. Cardi’s real name is Belcalis Almanzar and she was born in the Bronx in 1992 to immigrant parents. She grew up extremely poor in the High Bridge neighborhood, with her mother working as a cashier and her father driving a taxi cab for a living.
At the age of 16, she became involved in criminal activity. She attended college for a while and worked at an Amish market making around $300 a week. She started dancing in the clubs of New York at the age of 19 after someone pointed out that she had a nice body and would make a lot of money. After gaining some notoriety on social media, Cardi B was cast on VH1’s reality series, Love & Hip Hop: New York. After gaining more popularity with the public, she decided to put all of her efforts into a successful music career. After dropping a few mix tapes and touring around the country, she dropped her first commercial debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” in June of 2017.
Since then, her success has skyrocketed. Cardi B’s net worth is over $5 million, thanks to a big deal she signed with Atlantic records. Just a few months earlier, she was only estimated to be worth around $600,000. She was nominated for two Grammys this year and her career is just getting started. Cardi B’s success story is truly an inspiring one of someone who has created their career from the ground up. Here are 15 extravagant things Cardi B bought with her new cash flow.
15. She Got Dental Surgery
One of the most famous lines in Cardi B’s single, “Bodak Yellow,” is about the dental work that she had done after being able to afford veneers. She says: “Got a bag and fixed my teeth, hope you [all] know it ain’t cheap,” which could not have been more accurate.
Cardi B got some harsh criticism about her crooked teeth on social media and while starring on Love & Hip Hop: New York. Once she began to make some money, one of the first things that the rapper did was head straight to the best dentist in NYC. Dr. Catrise Austin of The Smilist Dental worked on the musician’s teeth and is one of most well-known celebrity dentists, having been awarded Top 25 Women in Dentistry in 2015. While the exact cost of Cardi’s surgery is unknown, veneers cost around $2,000 per tooth and whitening would cost an additional $500, so we know that it was pretty pricey.
14. She Bought An Orange Bentley Bentayga
To celebrate the success of her debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B decided to treat herself to a bright orange $240,000 Bentley Bentayaga SUV with matching peanut butter leather interior. Despite the fact that the rapper did not yet have a driver’s license, she posted photos ecstatically on Instagram to share what she had gotten with her fans. It is definitely an impressive car for someone without a license. Growing up in the Bronx meant that Cardi had never had a reason to get a car before this, let alone learn how to drive. On her Instagram live video, she said, “I don’t know how to drive but how you expect me to know how to drive when I took the train my whole life?”