Cardi B’s summer banger, “Bodak Yellow” reaches the top spot on the charts, and becomes the first #1 track by a solo female rapper since Lauryn Hill for her 1998 hit, "Doo Wop (That Thing).”
This is a major accomplishment; Bodak Yellow knocked off Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" after holding the top spot for three weeks. Not only does this new milestone solidify Hip-hops reach in the world, but it validates those who rightly feel that female rappers have a permanent place in the culture. It took 19 years for a female rapper to have a song once again reign on the top spot, and Bodak Yellow is much deserving of any accolades it receives. It certainly was the song of the summer. I was able to witness what does in a function to women and men alike, once the first three words drop in an event, everything stops.
The song was also co-signed by other artists outside of Hip-hop like Janet Jackson, who danced and bopped to the tune on stage at one of her concerts. It is refreshing to see the support Cardi B garnered along her rise to the top. Let's do our part as music consumers and keep her at #1 for as long as possible.
It feels good to see the Bronx back.
Malcom X. Bowser is a writer, curator, and founder of Urban X.