Cardi B Is A Prime Example Of The Millennial Hustler

Cardi B Is A Prime Example Of The Millennial Hustler

She's been making money moves before we knew who she was.

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So one of my favorites in music right now is Cardi B. People may know her from her hit song "Bodak Yellow" from last year but many people know here from her Instagram videos and her role as a reality star on Love and Hip-Hop New York. She's been working for years to have her big break in music. She's been featured on many rap tracks over the years, it wasn't until she was signed to Atlantic Records and put out her first single that the world was introduced to Cardi B. But a lot of people underestimate how Cardi B got to where she is now. Looking at her backstory, she's the same as the rest of us trying to sucsceed.


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Cardi worked as a bar tender and stripper to put herself through college and finance the beginning of her career. She made mixtapes and knocked on every door, getting no after no, until somebody opened the door and took a listen. Cut to 2016, Cardi is featured on several rap songs and looks for something to get her music into the mainstream. In comes Mona Scott, creator of the Love and Hip Hop franchise. She joined the New York cast and gained a following among the urban and mainstream viewership.

Her soundcloud songs started to gain traction and got into the hands of executives at Atlantic records. They saw the potential in Cardi and signed her after the end of her second season of Love and Hip Hop New York. She went straight into the studio and started working on her debut album. She had the determination and will power to not be a one-hit wonder.


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She's received two Grammy nominations, released her album Invasion of Privacy in April 2018, has broken records on the Billboard charts, started her own line of clothes with Fashion Nova, worked with artists such as Maroon Five, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Dj Khaled, and the Migos. All while pregnant with her first baby with her husband, Offset from Migos. A baby who people said would keep her elevating her career. She managed to accomplish so much within the last year since releasing her first single. She's an example of the hustle milennial that doesn't let the word "no" keep her from accomplishing her goals. She's only twenty-five years old and proved so many people wrong. Milennials have gotten the bad rap of being lazy and wanting things handed to them. However, milennials have been working double the amount then young adults did thirty years ago. No disrespect to our elders but the average young adult in the eighty's is far different from what it is today in 2018. You have college students working two jobs to put themselves through school while planning weddings and supporting families. We have become evolutionized hustlers in our day and age and Cardi B is a milennial hustler just like the rest of us.

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Allegations Of Domestic Abuse Against Johnny Depp Turn Out To Be False

Johnny Depp was framed and it turns out that his now ex-wife was actually the abuser, not the other way around.

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You might have heard last year that Amber Heard, leading female actress in "Aquaman," made allegations over domestic abuse against her then-husband, Johnny Depp. This caused Twitter to "cancel" Johnny Depp, compelling people to boycott his movies, including the latest film from the Harry Potter universe, "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them." He was even dropped from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise following those allegations.

Recently, however, Johnny Depp has filed a lawsuit against Heard for a whopping 50 million dollars on the counts that the abuse allegations she made were false. In addition, an overwhelming amount of evidence has been presented, including 87 surveillance tapes and 17 sworn eyewitness statements, showing that Heard was the perpetrator of the abuse, not Depp. She even became a "darling of the MeToo movement", a Human Rights Champion of the United Nations Human Rights Office, was appointed ambassador on women's rights at the American Civil Liberties Union, and was hired by L'Oreal Paris as its global spokesperson, as a result of the false allegations, according to the lawsuit from Depp's legal team. Reports say that she even confessed that they were a hoax as well.

It is truly a shame, and I am utterly disgusted at the level of sheer hypocrisy being demonstrated here. Imagine trying to propel your career based upon a mountain of lies and not only that, lies about the abuse that you committed. I honestly don't know how Heard can live with herself, having knowingly ruined someone's life by spreading lies, let alone causing a person such high levels of physical harm on multiple occasions (and on top of that her performance in "Aquaman" was EXTREMELY subpar). What Amber Heard did is just going to be used in favor of those who oppose the MeToo movement, because now there is clear evidence of a female celebrity lying about the abuse. Heard's lies could be used to discredit every woman telling the truth, and especially now we want to and SHOULD believe women. Instead of making things better for women, she has just magnified the damage and has made it increasingly difficult for women in the future to report their abuse because now there will be more speculation.

However, I do also think that it is crucial to think about the double standards we often hold here. Just because women tend to be the victims of abuse more than men does not mean that men do not also suffer abuse. Women should not be blindly believed on every occasion because of that statistic as well. We want so desperately to believe women, yet when Amber Heard claimed to have been abused she was believed without intense further investigations and even put on pedestals for her bravery, despite the fact that Depp's ex-wives had never suffered abuse by him. Perhaps every claim of abuse really should be investigated equally, regardless of the gender of the victim.

I am extremely glad that Johnny Depp was not the abuser because I have always admired his incredible acting and talent. I am glad that my impression of him can remain as good as it was before and that I can give him my full respect again. However, Amber Heard must be treated the same way Depp was when he was accused - full "cancellation."

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Remembering Mac: The Way We Should Be

"Easy Mac, with the cheesy raps."

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It has officially been six months without one of the most popular rappers of our era. For many people- especially those of us in our twenty's- Mac was the rapper that shaped not only rap but also hip-hop for our generation and what we think about music today. Mac Miller affected so many people around him including his friends, family, peers, artists' and fans. Mac Miller was a self-taught musician and was someone that anyone could relate to.

He first started rapping by the age of fourteen and by the time he was seventeen, people were starting to hear is raps and listening to him. Soon after he was signed by an independent record label where he then started releasing some of his most popular and well-known singles, "Best Day Ever" and "Donald Trump."

For me, Mac Miller is more than just an artist. His music meant something to me and my friends and we all could really relate to him and his music. In high school, some of my favorite memories are brought right back to me when I listen to his music. His album "Good AM" is my all-time favorite, including one of my favorite songs by him "Weekend." Any time I hear this song, I am brought back to the night I was at his concert with my three best friends. We were in the front row singing along with him and that is when the picture above was taken.

I often wish I could go back to this night and take more advantage of the time I had, being in the same room as him. If I could go back, I know I would be on my phone less and taking in more of my surroundings and really listening to every word he sang. I know if I wasn't on my phone, I would have never gotten this picture but I do believe I would have been more in the moment rather than trying to take the perfect picture.

It has been six months, and yes I still have not wrapped my head around the fact that he is gone, and we will never get new music from him again. Not only him passing away at a young age is hard to grasp, but the way he did as well. Now, looking back and listening to his music, you can hear him sing about his struggles and his cry for help. Especially in the last album, he released just a month before he was gone.

The whole album, "Swimming" is about a man talking about his mental state and giving us an inside look at what he was going through at the time. Mac deserved much more than the short life he had, but he made a great impact on everyone around him, and that is how we should remember him as. The happy-go-lucky that was always laughing and messing around singling songs he loved.

A little shout-out to the people who remind me of the good times I have associated with Mac- Abby Wenninger, Abree Leach, Emily Stybr and Jack Maki!

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