The mainstream dominance of Cardi B has been reaffirmed once again.
Her previous Billboard 100 chart-topper “Bodak Yellow” now has some in-house company in the wake of the J. Balvin and Bad Bunny-assisted “I Like It” eclipsing the peak of the singles mountaintop.
The record’s new placement comes with historic distinction. Both Latin music superstars have earned their first Billboard No. 1 hit and Cardi B is now the first female rapper with two No. 1 Billboard hits. Only Lauryn Hill (1998’s “Doo Wop (That Thing”) Lil Kim (2001’s “Lady Marmalade” alongside Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk), Shawnna (on Ludacris’ 2003, Kanye West-produced “Stand Up”) and Iggy Azalea (2014’s “Fancy,” Charli XCX-featured “Fancy”) share the accolade of being female rap Billboard 100 chart-toppers.
Cardi B is also the first artist to have two No. 1 Billboard 100 hits from a debut album since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Grammy Award-winning The Heist back in 2012. She’s also the first solo act to do so for a debut album in general since Bruno Mars’ 2011 debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans and first female solo act debut album since Lady Gaga’s 2009 smash, The Fame.
To say Cardi B was elated with the “I Like It” news is an understatement, for she dedicated a sizeable amount of Instagram posts to the rare achievement. In one of the videos, she openly admits to “sleeping” on the record because her co-collaborators actually spit the bulk of their verses in Spanish.
Thank you to my entire team and to the Bardi Gang for another #1 record!!! You all work so hard and I appreciate every one of you for everything you do for my music and my business! A huge thank you to @jbalvin and @badbunnypr for being apart of this moment!! Thank you to the entire team over at Atlantic Records!! Thank you to @jwhitedidit for producing another hit!! Thank you to @brooklyn.johnny @evanlaray and Darryl!! And I can't forget to thank @iam_kingpee @qcmceo_p @coachk44!
It should come as no surprise that “I Like That” is also No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap charts.