2017 is the year of Cardi B. The Bronx rapper’s magical ride this year continues as she covers Rolling Stone‘s “The Hot Issue.” The cover story done by Brittany Spanos shines the light on Cardi’s rise from stripper to a social media darling, which led to her starring on VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: New York. It follows her transition from tv star to becoming an artist, making Billboard history landing her first No. 1 record on the Hot 100 with “Bodak Yellow.” In the interview, Cardi also discusses her early struggles trying to provide for her family and eventually dropping out of school, her relationship with now fiancé Offset of Migos, the stress she puts on herself to not be a one-hit wonder, and the pressure recording her anticipated debut album.

Read an excerpt and the full cover story below.

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“It takes all of 10 seconds in Cardi B’s presence to be reminded of the sheer force and hilarity of her personality. Simply being Cardi B, at maximum volume, made her a star – first on Instagram, then on the VH1 reality show Love & Hip-Hop: New York – before she’d recorded any music at all, let alone knocked Taylor Swift from the top of the pop charts with the sly swagger of her single “Bodak Yellow.” She is the people’s diva – or “the strip-club Mariah Carey,” as she once rapped – unfiltered in a way the world often doesn’t allow female stars to be. In a culture reshaped by streaming and social media, where the kids, without much corporate nudging, get to decide who the stars are, Cardi B is what you get.”



Previously: Offset Proposes to Cardi B at Powerhouse In Philadelphia