Cardi B (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Airbnb)
Cardi B (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Airbnb)

Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” continues to do what it do. And it be winning.

The catchy rap diddy, released by the Bronx, N.Y.-bred rapper born Belcalis Almanzar, first made waves after surging to Billboard’s No. 1 spot in September, a feat not seen by a female rapper since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998.


The “bloody shoes” track remains atop the chart for a third week in a row. Chartdata confirms that “Bodak Yellow” is now tied with Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” as the longest-running song by a female artist to be at the No. 1 spot on the charts in 2017.


And if Cardi can maintain her position for one more week, she will beat Swift’s record, a rivalry made all the more lovely since both of them present as polar opposites.

As Dodai Stewart, editor-in-chief of Splinter, wrote in “The Pop Chart Battle of Cardi B Versus Taylor Swift Is a Metaphor for Race Relations in Trump’s America” :

Though unintentional, it feels as though these two women represent warring American factions: White privilege desperate to retain power and crappy Confederate statues, taking up torches (“look what you made me do”) and people of color on a mission to improve their status and push forward, despite the obstacles and opposition, ignoring the haters (“I don’t gotta dance I make money move/If I see you and I don’t speak/That means I don’t fuck with you”).

Love her or hate her, this has been a great year for Cardi. She’s up for nine BET Hip-Hop Awards, including Single of the Year for “Bodak Yellow.”

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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