Cardi B has opened up about her heartbreaking experience with racism in the industry
According to the ‘WAP’ hitmaker, “Caucasian influencers” on social media often get paid “big money” for advertising brands in their posts, and has said she believes she’s only being offered a fraction of their fee because she’s a “coloured girl”, despite the fact that she’s “a whole artist” as well as an influencer.
She said: “Sometimes I feel like a company might see, you know, a girl like me, a coloured girl like me. I’m a coloured girl and I’m from the ’hood and s***. And they might be like, ‘Oh, we could offer her a $2 million advance.’
“And the company is gonna make out of you, probably f****** $50 million, $100 million. And you settle for $2 million because they think that you’re so thirsty for that money that they just gonna give you the $2 million.”
Cardi, 28, admitted she doesn’t want to “make everything about race”, but insisted “race really matters” when it comes to job opportunities.
She continued: “I hate making everything about race because race do exist. Race is real. But I hate when sometimes people just want to make everything about race. It’s just like, sometimes you do see that race really matters and s*** because I’ve been seeing some influencers, that are not, you know, like me. Caucasian influencers. And they’re getting paid big money.
“I’m a whole artist. And there are other artists that I know how much they’re getting paid. I’ve been doing my research now, heavy. And it’s like, Damn, mother****** is getting ripped the f*** off. And that’s why I’m like, Nah, I’m gonna get everything that I deserve.”
The ‘I Like It’ rapper went on to say she’s focusing on building her own brand this year, and is getting better at handling her money.
Speaking to XXL Magazine, she said: “One thing for sure that I’m doing a lot now this year is music and making sure my business is straight. Not just signing things and not just making sure that I get new deals and everything.
“That my money is getting handled great. That I got good lawyers that’s handling my s*** … one thing I told my business manager, don’t even pay my business little by little. Take it all out. I don’t want to feel like I owe nothing. It’s good to be debt-free, but either way, I feel like I’ve been on deals before that like, yeah, I got paid, but I feel like I deserved more. And I made sure this year that I get everything I deserve. Not just on music deals but on everything.”
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