Rapper Cardi B is attempting an explanation of a three year old Instagram Live post after she began trending for what seemed like a boisterous admission of what constituted a criminal act.
The Grammy-winner had faced backlash after admitting that while she worked as a stripper, she used to drug and rob men she dated.
“I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged n***as up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do,” Cardi B said in the video.
WARNING: Some offensive language
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— Hip Hop Ratchet (@HipHopRatchet) March 24, 2019
Soon after, the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB began to trend on social media where people expressed their criticism at the admission and some claiming hypocrisy. The hashtag itself is a play off of the controversial docu-series “Surviving R Kelly,” where dozens of accusers came forward to describe sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse endured while they were involved with the now disgraced singer. The documentary led to recent charges filed against Kelly for sexual misconduct with several minors.
According to Complex, Cardi’s confession came as she was facing some criticism following her announcement of plans to write a book. “I am a rapper. I am a b*tch that came from the streets that came to the industry,” Cardi said. “I wasn’t a Disney channel star. I wasn’t a nun. I wasn’t a saint.”
Following the controversy, she decided to take a self-imposed break from Twitter. But on Tuesday, she posted what seemed to be an explanation for her sentiments behind her expletive laden video.
“There are rappers who glorify murder, violence drugs an [sic] robbing,” she wrote. “Crimes they feel they had to do to survive. I never glorified the things I brought up in that [Instagram] live. I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.”
Cardi B is one of the latest to fall victim to Instagram Live debacles. Singer Daniel Caesar caught major heat for comments seemingly belittling black people for “being mean” to whites while defending a controversial social media personality YesJulz. After being initially silent, Caeser finally apologized for his comments.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.