Cardi B is trying to clarify herself after a video resurfaced online where the rapper said she drugged and robbed men for money. The “Money” rapper has taken to Instagram to explain herself after a video re-surfaced of the rapper admitting to robbing and drugging men while she was working as a stripper.
The clip, an Instagram Live recorded three years ago, shows Cardi talking about clients wanting to take her back to hotels.
She has faced backlash from the Instagram Live video she says is from three years ago. Some on social media have criticized the rapper for her admission with the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB in reference to the R. Kelly documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.”
Cardi says the men she spoke about in the video were ones she dated and they were “conscious, willing and aware.”
The Grammy winner posted a statement Tuesday on Instagram that she had “very limited options” and needed to do anything to “survive.” The former stripper says she wasn’t trying to glorify her actions but felt it was necessary at the time.
“So I’m seeing on social media that 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,” she wrote in a post on Tuesday.
“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.”
The star said that it was never her intention to glorify her actions, but added that while she was not proud, she did what was necessary “to survive”.
“There are rappers that glorify murder violence drugs and (sic) robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive. I never glorified the things I brought up in that live (video) I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel (the) responsibility not to glorify it.
“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. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive.”
She said everyone has a past we cannot change and that all she could do now was to focus on bettering herself, “for myself my family and my future.”
Cardi is married to Migos rapper Offset, with whom she shares an eight-month-old daughter, Kulture.