Cardi B has released a statement, after she received backlash over an old Instagram Live video – which has resurfaced online.
In the video, which was originally recorded three years ago, the rapper admitted to drugging and robbing men while she worked as a stripper.
In the shocking Instagram Live, Cardi confessed: “I had to go strip. I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you wanna f**k me? Yeah yeah yeah, let’s go back to this hotel.”
“And I drugged n****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do. Nothing was muthaf**kin’ handed to me, my n***a. Nothing! I’m a good-hearted person but I have done some f**ked up s**t. Y’all don’t have to worry about it, y’all don’t gotta tell my story,” she added.
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The video resurfaced online recently and quickly went viral, and the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB started trending on Twitter – in reference to the R. Kelly documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’
Responding to the backlash, the mother-of-one said in a statement: “I’m seeing on social media that a live I did 3 years ago has popped back up. A live where I talked about things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a better living.”
She continued, “I never claim to be a perfect or come from a perfect world wit a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my s**t.” [sic]
“Im apart of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are. There are rappers that glorify murder violence drugs an robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive.”
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“I never glorified the things I brought up in that 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. I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options,” she continued.
“I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive. ”
Finally, Cardi said the men that she spoke about in her live were men that she dated and was involved with, who were “conscious, willing and aware.”
“I have a past that I can’t change we all do,” she added.