Cardi B may have become a household name via reality television, but the artist's talent is making her a staple on the music charts. In fact, Cardi B's latest Billboard achievement ties her with Beyoncé, and this is likely only the beginning for the rapper. According to Billboard, Cardi B currently has four top-10 hits in the R&B/Hip-Hop charts at the same time, putting her on the same level as Queen Bey, who's the only other woman to reach this milestone.
Starting off at No. 2 is G-Eazy's "No Limit," in which Cardi is featured along with A$AP Rocky, with Migos' "Motorsport," featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B following in the No. 3 spot. The 25-year-old's debut single and Grammy-nominated track "Bodak Yellow" is still within the top 10, sitting nicely in the No. 5 spot, and her newest release "Bartier Cardi," featuring 21 Savage, is holding it down between the No. 7 and 9 spots.
Beyoncé, who's, of course, known for taking over the charts quite often, garnered the achievement in 2016 with the release of her Billboard charts' No. 1 album Lemonade. Off the critically acclaimed project, Beyoncé's four songs to rank within the R&B/Hip-Hop charts are "Formation," which sat at No. 6, "Sorry" at No. 7, "Hold Up" at No. 8, and "6 Inch," featuring The Weeknd, at No. 10. Taking her long-standing career and chart-topping track record into consideration, an accomplishment like this is totally expected of a powerhouse like Beyoncé. But for a young woman whose claim to fames are social media popularity and reality TV spots, Cardi B doesn't exactly have the typical makings of a chart-dominating superstar — which makes it all the more impressive.
Reality television stars are rarely known for making successful transitions into respected musicians, and if holding rank within the industry, the TV stars usually come with musical experience already under their belts. But whether known for their legendary production, or for having significant musical moments in hip-hop history, no one who's gotten their start on reality television can say that they've quite reached Cardi B's level of cultural influence.
But before Cardi B hit this recent milestone, the artist was in the midst of celebrating another chart-topping accomplishment. At the top of 2018, the Bronx native made history as the first female rapper, and 15th artist overall, to have their first three-charted in the top 10 simultaneously within Billboard's genre-mashing Hot 100 ranking. And she's in company with the legendary band The Beatles, R&B singer Ashanti, as well as pop artists Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande. At the time of the Jan. 6 tally, her newest single "Bartier Cardi" was ranked in the No. 14 spot of the Billboard charts, while her featured tracks, G-Eazy's "No Limit" and Migos' "Motorsport," sat at the No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. And her formerly No. 1 smash "Bodak Yellow" found its way back into the top 10, after resting at No. 12 previously.
In light of Cardi B's recent accomplishments, one might ask, what's next for the hip-hop star? Well, in a recent interview with Beats 1's Julie Adenuga, the artist talked about just that. Next on Cardi B's list is to release her debut album (that's right — she's causing quite a stir in the industry without having a single album in her repertoire). According to the rapper, the highly anticipated project will dive into all of the cultural themes that have made the artist so beloved today, like bloody shoes, cars, and money, as well as some that we have yet to hear, such as delving into love and family.
She's already a force in the industry, and if her current radio-dominating tracks are a reflection of her upcoming debut album, Cardi B is going to continue her climb to superstardom. There's no need to underestimate this talent's trajectory, because she's already proven that she's just getting started.