On the heels of American rapper Cardi B’s energetic trip to Nigeria and Ghana, Vogue U.S released the digital preview of their January 2020 cover series which features the “I Like It” rapper and her daughter Kulture.
The outspoken Cardi B is unfiltered and unapologetic as she opens up about being a mother, her marriage to rapper Offset and her next album.
For the cover photo, Cardi is styled in a low-cut red Michael Kors Collection dress and red Jimmy Choo pumps, with Kulture matching in a red pair of shorts.
Read excerpts below:
In July 2018, Cardi B gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Kulture Kiari Cephus.
“Being a mom—how can I say it? Things are a little bit harder to balance, but it’s good for the mental. Like, if I’m playing with my daughter, I forget about the issues.”
“I could shake my ass, I could be the most ratchet-est person ever, I could get into a fight tomorrow, but I’m still a great mom,” she says.
“All the time I’m thinking about my kid. I’m shaking my ass, but at the same time I’m doing business, I’m on the phone with my business manager saying, make sure that a percentage of my check goes to my kid’s trust. I give my daughter so much love, and I’m setting her up for a future. I want to tell her that a lot of the shit that I have done in life—no matter what I did, knowing that I wanted to have kids made me go harder to secure a good future for my kids.”
Offset Cheating and Marriage:
“When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,” she explains.
“But it’s real-life shit. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? You let all of us down. People that be in marriages for years, when they say till death do us part, they not talking about little arguments like if you leave the fridge open. That’s including everything.”
“My thing is, everybody on social media acts like relationships is perfect,” Cardi says.
“And that’s crazy to me. I’m around so many women, and there’s always a woman talking about how she loves her man, but her man is not financially stable, or she has a problem with his mom, or the sex is not as good anymore. Everybody has issues. I believe in forgiveness. I prayed on it. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world. He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding. For me, monogamy is the only way. I’ll beat your ass if you cheat on me.”
Cardi’s debut album Invasion of Privacy was met with critical acclaim. It debuted atop the US Billboard 200, earning 255,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. It won Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, with Cardi B becoming the first female rapper to win the category as a solo artist.
“The first time it was just me being myself. I didn’t even care if people was gonna like it or not. When I found out I did so good, I’m like, is this a big number? Everybody was like, yes, this is a huge number. So it’s scary because it’s like, now you got to top your first album, and then it’s like, damn. I wonder if people are gonna relate to the new things, to the new life, to the new shit that I gotta talk about now. Music is changing. I feel like people just wanna hear twerk-twerk music, but it’s like, is that just a phase? I probably need a sexy song. I need a lot of turn-up songs. I need a slow song, a personal song. And those are harder for me—I always need help when it comes to talking about my feelings. It’s hard for me to be soft, period. So it’s a lot of thoughts, a lot of pressure. It’s really like a job.”
Cardi B recently embarked on a trip to Nigeria and Ghana. It was her first visit to Africa. Cardi had a swell time in Nigeria as she danced and sprayed money in a strip club, visited and donated to an orphanage home and gave an electrifying performance at her. She later admitted she was missing Nigeria on her return to the United States.