Now, leading up to her appearance on The Tonight Show (April 9), where she will be the first-ever co-host alongside Jimmy Fallon, Cardi B sits down with GQ for an intimate interview. We find the 25-year-old musician dishing on her relationship with Offset, Trump’s America, her Blood affiliation, stripping, butt injections, and more.
Below we’ve in turn highlighted the standout moments from Cardi’s new interview, which appears in GQ‘s May issue.
She loves Franklin Delano Roosevelt, political science, government, and presidents.
“I love government. I’m obsessed with presidents. I’m obsessed to know how the system works.”
“He [FDR] helped us get over the Depression, all while he was in a wheelchair. Like, this man was suffering from polio at the time of his presidency, and yet all he was worried about was trying to make America great—make America great again for real. He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.”
“On top of that, while he was president there was a fucking war going on. World War II was going on. So all this shit going on in the United States, while recouping the country from an economic tragedy, making sure that America won the war—and his wife? I would say she was almost like Michelle Obama. She was such a good humanitarian, and we both got the same birthday, October 11th.”
She got butt injections to further her stripping career and because her boyfriend cheated on her.
“All right, here’s the thing. When I was 21, I did not have enough meat on my body—if I was to get lipo, I wouldn’t have fat for my ass.”
“They don’t numb your ass with anything. It was the craziest pain ever. I felt like I was gonna pass out. I felt a little dizzy. And it leaks for, like, five days.”
She sometimes struggles with the English language.
“I don’t got the best English in the world, so sometimes I really got to ask somebody, ‘Does this make sense? Would this make sense?’ Because I will probably use the words…that they don’t even supposed to go there.”
“That takes me a long time in the booth. I be trying to pronounce words properly and without an accent. Each and every song from my album, I most likely did it over five times, because I’m really insecure about my accent when it comes to music. In person, I don’t care.”
Her parents were strict on her when she was growing up, often times babying her.
“My mom used to cry a lot because she used to be scared that I would fall asleep and die of an asthma attack.”
She is rumored to be affiliated with the Bloods, or the gang’s subset, the Brims.
“Here’s the thing, I never really wanted to talk about that, because I always wanted a music deal. I always want to keep my endorsements. When I was 16 years old, I used to hang out with a lot of Bloods. I used to pop off with my homies. And they’d say, ‘Yo, you really get it poppin’. You should come home. You should turn Blood.’ And I did. Yes, I did. And something that—it’s not like, oh, you leave. You don’t leave. Stripping changed my life. When I was a stripper, I didn’t give a fuck about gangs, because I was so focused on making money.”
“One thing I could say, you could ask any gang member: Being in a gang don’t make you not one dollar. And I know for a fact every gang member, he asking himself, ‘Why did I turn this?’ Sometimes it’s almost like a fraternity, a sorority. Sometimes it’s like that. And sometimes I see people that’s in the same gang kill each other. So sometimes there is no loyalty. Sometimes you gotta do certain things to get higher, to get higher and higher. You’re doing all of that and you not making money off of it. That’s why I don’t talk about it much. Because I wouldn’t want a young person, a young girl, to think it’s okay to join it. You could talk to somebody that is considered Big Homie and they will tell you: ‘Don’t join a gang.’ The person that I’m under, she would tell you, ‘Don’t join a gang.’ It’s not about violence. It’s just like—it doesn’t make your money. It doesn’t make your money. I rep it, because I been repping it for such a long time.”
She was incredibly nervous when she met Beyoncé.
“I’m too nervous. I’m too shy. When I met Beyoncé, people be like, ‘How that felt? I bet you was mad happy.’ It’s like, ‘Actually, I wanted to shit on myself.’ It was a very scary thing. All she was doing was like, ‘Hi. I love your music.’ And I was like ‘UHHHN!'”
She calls Offset by his government name when she’s really serious.
“When I’m really serious, like we talking ’bout serious business, or when I’m pissed off, I call him Kiari” (his given name).
She insists it took a while for them to trust each other.
“For a long time, we was in love with each other but we didn’t really trust in each other. It was like a competition of who’s gonna hit each other up first. I don’t want to hit him up first; he will hit me up first. People used to put things in my head: ‘He gonna leave you. He be fucking with mad bitches.’ People used to put things in his head: ‘Cardi, she’s a dog. Don’t trust her.’ We never really trusted each other because I always feel like he could get any girl he wants—what makes me think he’s gonna want me? I think he felt the same way. Niggas want to be with me, and bitches wanna be with him.”
They are going to build a house and raise their kids in Atlanta.
“[Offset]’s never comfortable in New York. He loves down south. He told me to move in with him, in Atlanta. I stayed in his house a couple of times, but it’s so hard to live there. He decided, though, that we’re going to build a house in Atlanta, and that’s the house that we’re gonna raise our kids in. But my job is in New York, always, so I can barely spend time in Atlanta.”
She’s a good daughter.
“I be trying to find my mom a house, but she giving me a hard fucking time to get her the house. She wants to be very close to the city, but there’s not good houses on sale that is close to the city. She don’t wanna be in Queens. She’s afraid of bridges, so she don’t wanna move to Jersey. Most of my family members, they so used to walking everywhere.”
She is not afraid to voice her political opinions.
“When it came to the school shooting, that’s when I was like, ‘Okay, this nigga really think that everything is a joke.’ Have you ever shot a gun before? It’s very scary and loud. It’s traumatizing to shoot somebody. On top of that, what makes you think that a kid wouldn’t come behind a teacher, shoot her from the back, then go in her desk and take the gun? And now you got two guns. It’s like ’Don’t you calculate?'”
“I’m always watching the news. I’m always looking at it on my phone. I hate when you talk about something that’s going on in the community, people think, because you’re famous, you doing it for clout. But you concerned about it because you are a citizen of America; you are a citizen of the world. If I want to get cool points, I could take a picture with a thong and my ass and y’all gonna give me the same amount of likes. I’m gonna trend even bigger.”
Now visit GQ for their entire piece on Cardi B.
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- Souce: GQ