The internet is blowing up after Cardi B admitted during a resurfaced Instagram live interview that she drugged and stole from men that she lured back to hotel rooms during her pre-fame time as a stripper.
The admitted criminal behavior has caused comparisons to R. Kelly and Bill Cosby with many demanding a criminal investigation into the matter.
In the now three-year-old video, the 26-year-old Cardi B admitted to committing crimes during her time as a stripper. Language warning:
“I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f–k me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged n—–s up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do,” she said.
It didn’t take long for the internet to respond to the video resurfacing, with the hashtag #SurvivingCardB trending — a play on a similar hashtag regarding the R. Kelly documentary Surviving R. Kelly.
If what Cardi admitted during the interview was true, then she certainly confessed to serious crimes that could potentially mean prison time. There has been no word from law enforcement on any investigations spinning up from the video confession. Since no victims have come forward, it’s unlikely that anything will happen from a legal standpoint.
After the video resurfaced, the rapper posted on Instagram to clarify and defend herself.
“So I’m seeing on social media that [an Instagram] live I did 3 years ago has popped back up. A live where I talked about things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a living,” Cardi wrote. “I never claim (sic) to be perfect or come from a perfect world wit (sic) a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my s–t.”
She also brought up the fact that rap culture glorifies drugs, sex and violence.
“There are rappers that glorify murder violence drugs an (sic) robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive,” she said. “I never glorified the things I brought up in that life I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel responsibility not to glorify it.”
She also defended herself, saying that these crimes were committed out of a necessity to survive.
“I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options. I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not,” she said. “Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive.”
And finally, she changed her story a bit to clarify that the men she spoke about were not random men who were drugged, but boyfriends who were completely lucid.
“The men I spoke about in my life were men that I dated that I was involved with men that [they] were conscious willing and aware,” she said. “I have a past that I can’t change we all do.”
It sounds like Cardi B is defending herself by admitting that she embellished her story. Meanwhile, those who were offended by her admissions are calling for victims to come forward. If any do, then law enforcement will likely investigate the matter and Cardi could face prosecution.