Cardi B Explains Her Reasons Behind Joining A Gang + Responds To Critics Of The Way She Speaks

February 13, 2018 1:00 PM

Monya Fleming

Senior Contributor

Cardi B has been a hot topic lately after she appeared to throw shade at the Crips with a post on Instagram. Cardi spoke out in a new interview about her decision to join a gang when she was younger, revealing that she used to get bullied. 

Cardi was in the news recently for allegedly disrespecting the LA Crips, resulting in the rapper being the target of gang threats. 

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper, who claims she has been a member of the Bloods since she was 16, shared a photo of herself in a blue fur coat. The caption of her Instagram post read, "I hate wearing Flue but this coat was too poppin."

The use of the word "Flue" is a term Bloods use so they don't have to say "Blue", the color associated with the Crips. 

See The Photo & Caption below: 

Cardi's IG account was soon hit with threats from the gang, with some people warning her not to come to Los Angeles. 

The 25-year-old rapper spoke out about the controversy. She said, "Let me tell you something. I appreciate what you saying but where you got me wrong is I ALWAYS BEEN IN THE STREETS. I’m militant i know my oath my nation like the back of my hands I came from the streets. I been banging [expletive] since 16 NOT AFTER FAME OR BODAK. NY is mix with bloods and crips and i deff know crips in the Pjs I came home that park [expletive].

Cardi adds, "We say these type of words all the time all of a sudden the world is mad. Now my thing is how was [expletive] that so call claim they ‘GANGSTA’ telling me they next move ? That’s how i figure it’s for clout! cause a real gangsta do [expletive] in silence."

She also shared a photo in response to the threats, writing in the caption, "I’m an emotional gangsta! That’s why!"

I’m an emotional gangsta !THATS WHY

Cardi also addressed the drama in her interview with i-D. She reveals that she was actually jumped in the sixth grade because she wasn't considered cool enough. 
You chasing clout I’m chasing a check

Cardi stated, "There’s no hood hooder than my hood. I had to toughen up when we moved to the Bronx in the sixth grade, because if you don’t then people will pick on you."

She continued, "I used to wear pink skirts, jackets with fur on the sleeves… I used to dress like That’s So Raven. Everybody in my school used to look at me like I was crazy because people dressed more hood; Pepe jeans, Timberland boots, a lot of Jordans. It really made me sad."

Cardi went on to explain, "I was getting picked on for the way I dressed. I got jumped in the sixth grade real bad and after that, it changed me. It really, really did change me. In middle school and high school, it doesn’t matter how tough you are, or it doesn’t matter if you stand for [expletive], you ain’t nobody if you ain’t in a gang. People influence you and tell you that you should join this or you should join that. Then again, it’s a great experience. I wouldn’t be able to rap about the things that I rap about now [if I hadn’t grown up there]."
There’s something about @iamcardib. Check out the star of The Radical Issue in all her glory! Link in bio. [The Radical Issue, no 351, Spring 2018] . . . . Text: @hattiecollins. Photography: @oliverhadleepearch. Styling: @mr_carlos_nazario. Cardi wears t-shirt @off____white.

The rapper also addressed people bashing her for the way she speaks. 

She told the publication, "I thought I could be a history teacher one day, but what turned me off was when they told me what you get paid. I didn’t like that. And you know what else? A teacher also told me my English is not that good. She told me, ‘You need to speak a certain way.'"

She adds, "They said the same when I got famous. But I feel like I speak English properly. I know what’s going on. I understand what’s happening on CNN. A lot of people don’t understand, but I understand."

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