Cardi B Speaks on Black Women Earning What They Deserve in the Music Industry

In a new interview with XXL, Cardi B discussed the money and business side of music in depth and how she has come to handle these matters as a Black woman, particularly when dealing with millions of dollars.

She provided an example of how a company might offer her $2 million when they're actually making $50 or $100 million off her. "I just feel like if you want to keep hiring me, I figured that you’re making a lot of money out of me. I just feel like that little two million, that little three million, I mean, sometimes even a little five million, 'cause I get five [million], $10 million deals. I just feel like, you gotta be making triple," Cardi said, explaining how she makes sure she gets what she deserves.

"The reason why my money keeps going bigger and bigger because they’re looking at the numbers that I used to bring other companies and they see, 'Oh, she bring this amount of money. I’m gonna give her some more.' But it’s like, what is the number? 'Cause I want to be part of that big number."

She also credited Offset as her soundboard when making financial decisions: "My husband, he’s really fucking smart with numbers. I don’t pay him. I don’t pay him nothing. So, it's just like, when he’s super direct and when he tells me the truth and when he be like, 'You deserve this. You need this. You need that,' it’s just like, he’s not telling me this because he’s gonna benefit something from it. There’s nothing to benefit. He just want to see me win. So, it’s just like, 'You’re right.'"

Elsewhere in the interview, Cardi revealed that she doesn’t mind being called a female rapper. "I do like the identification. Like, I don’t mind it. I’m really one of those people that I love being a woman." She also went on to talk about the industry’s knack for comparing and pitting women who rap against each other. "I don’t want to go with another bitch formula. I want to go with my formula. So, it’s like why do y’all want me to rap like this girl or have like, bars like this girl or have these flows. A hundred flows like this girl? I’m going with my flow. My flow makes me money. My flow is what I like to hear. My flow, it’s just me," Cardi said.

To read more of the interview, check it out here. Let us know what you think!