Cardi B’s fans certainly like it – her music, that is. The Bronx-born rapper’s infectious track I Like It hit No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Monday, making Cardi the first female rapper ever to notch two chart-topping singles.
The song, which features Bad Bunny and J Balvin and samples the 1967 Pete Rodriguez hit I Like It Like That, is the fourth single off Cardi’s debut album, “Invasion of Privacy”.
It follows her breakthrough single Bodak Yellow, which ruled the charts for three weeks last autumn.
The success of “I Like It” makes Cardi, 25, the first artist to chart two No 1 songs off of his or her debut album since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did it in 2013 with Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us, both off “The Heist,” according to Billboard. The last female solo artist to do so was Lady Gaga in 2009.
When Bodak Yellow peaked in September, it marked the first time in 20 years a female rapper with solo billing accomplished the feat.
Lauryn Hill ruled the charts with Doo Wop (That Thing). in 1998
Three other female rappers have scored No 1 hits, though not without some help: Lil’ Kim, whose 2001 hit Lady Marmalade featured Pink, Christina Aguilera and Mya; Shawnna, who was featured on Ludacris’ 2003 song Stand Up, and Iggy Azalea, whose Fancy got an assist from Charli XCX in 2014.
Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, announced that she and Offset, who are expecting a baby together this month, had secretly married last September.