20 Questions: Cardi B

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Once in a while, someone gets thrown into the spotlight and they make sure to keep it real while they’re there. Cardi B is a former stripper, reality TV star and rapper with a colossal social media following and a New York state of mind. With her uncensored humour and unapologetic attitude, Cardi has become an online sensation and something of a national treasure in the U.S. The more you see her, the more you love her and want her to win. And so after tentatively reaching out to her publicist, we were delighted to hear that Cardi was available to answer Crack Magazine’s 20 Questions.

What was your favourite cartoon when you were a kid?
Tom and Jerry.

Who’s your favourite member of the Wu-Tang Clan?
Oh I don’t know about that youknowimschayin’? [laughs]. I’m too young for that baby! I’m a 90s baby. I came up listening to stuff from like, the 2000s.

Who’s your favourite person to follow on Instagram?
The Loopy Blogger. He’s so funny. He’s from the Bronx and he just talks so much about things I can relate to, because he’s from my own hood.

Do you have a number 1 fan?
Yes I do, his name is Chrissy.

What kind of car do you drive?
I have a Suburban, but I just bought me an Aston Martin. I’m just waiting for it to come. We got it in grey, but we’re going to put a matt sheer on it.

What’s the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed in?
It’s called La Quinta. I think that was in Florida.

“I like to go to the strip club on a first date”

Heavy Metal or EDM?
EDM of course, whoop! EDM, baby!

Have you ever been arrested?

Who’s your favourite character in The Wire?
You know, I never really watched that show. I never really had cable.

Would you go for a beer with Kanye West?
Yeah, I’ll have a drink with him. I feel like I could talk to him about a lot of things. A lot of people judge him because of the way that he is, but now that I’m gaining popularity, I can see why he acts how he acts. People try and put him down and talk so much bad about him, it’s like, why be polite when people are not polite to him?

What’s your signature recipe?
I don’t really have a recipe to things. But when I do dressings I always add garlic… And lemon.

Favourite video game?
I never really played video games much, I never really had any of those things.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Being a cashier in a supermarket.

If you were trying to seduce a potential lover, what music would you play?
Oh. My. Gosh, when I have sex… [laughs] I like to listen to Madonna – Justify My Love and Erotica. Those are my two favourite songs.

What would be your idea of a perfect first date?
I like to go to the strip club on a first date, you know why? Because, I know if the guy is cheap or not, me and him can judge the women, I’ll know what type of women he likes and who to watch out for. Also it’s like, when I eat in front of men for the first time, I feel so uncomfortable. After the strip club, if we have a couple of drinks, and if I feel like I want to go home with him, I’ll go home with him. Yeah, just go to the strip club. It’s real calm, it’s real cool, it’s not a party so you can’t get ballistically drunk, or dance sweaty, you’re just sitting down looking at dancers.

Do you have any tattoos you regret?
I have a few guys names that I tatted on me that I regret. I want to get a cover up, but I just don’t know what. I always wanted to tattoo a panda, but the panda thing got real overrated.

What’s your worst habit?
My worst habit… I like to pick my own scabs.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do after this interview?
I’m going to watch some TV and then I’m going to take a nice little nap and then I’m going to do a song at the studio.

Is there a piece of advice you wish you’d give to yourself ten years ago?
I would tell myself just to never give up on my dreams. Ten years ago, everything that I ever dreamed about, I shut it down. At the time everybody around me was poor. Everybody that had money was selling drugs or scamming. I never really met anybody who told me they were making money because they graduated from school or anything. I just got real realistic with things and my goals were real low. And now it’s like, wow dreams really do come true. I don’t know how, but they did.