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Cardi B performing at the VMAs | © Tinseltown/Shutterstock
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Cardi B Just Took Down Taylor Swift to Reach Historic Hip-Hop Milestone

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Music Editor
Updated: 27 September 2017

After a meteoric rise, and 12 weeks on the chart, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” has finally reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

If surpassing Taylor Swift, probably the biggest pop star in the world, on the charts weren’t enough of an accomplishment, the Bronx MC also became the second female rapper to ever summit the Hot 100 without any other featuring artists. Lauryn Hill first achieved this accomplishment 19 years ago, in 1998, with her track “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

Only five female hip-hop artists have made their way to this No. 1 spot: Hill; Lil’ Kim in 2001 for her version of “Lady Marmalade” alongside Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mya from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack; Shawnna in 2003 for her appearance on Ludacris’ “Stand Up”; Iggy Azalea in 2014 for her Charli XCX tag-team “Fancy”; and now Cardi.

After the news broke, several female MCs took to Twitter to congratulate Cardi B on her historic moment, including Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, Rapsody, and Trina.

“Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD BREAKING achievement,” Minaj wrote. “Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it.”

“Thank you!!” Cardi responded to Minaj. “This means sooo much coming from you!!”

Even Swift sent Cardi B flowers to honor her record triumph, despite her single “Look What You Made Me Do” being dethroned.

Sooo beautiful and lovely .Thank you @taylorswift for the flowers 💐❤️❤️….and I freaking love your music 🎶

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Cardi also holds the 97th position on the Hot 100 for her feature alongside A$AP Rocky on G-Eazy’s “No Limit.”

As Cardi B’s profile continues to grow, we can only hope that her ascent signals a much-needed shift in recognition and support for females in hip hop.