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Cardi B: Bring on the tamarind balls
At the Piarco International Airport, BET hip-hop awardee and two-time Grammy nominee, Cardi B, upon her arrival, stuck her tongue out, a signature style known to be done by the former reality TV star.
The Bodak Yellow rapper, real name Belcalis Almanzar, showed up bare-faced, dressed in a red track suit with black boots and wearing her long black hair loose.
Before taking her seat, the New York native danced briefly to the sounds of D Function Crew Rhythm Section and stopped to pose for pictures with Carnival models and fans who learned of her arrival and seized the photo op.
Cardi B’s visit is specific to the event Big Bad Soca which was held in south Trinidad at the Brian Lara Stadium carpark last night where the rapper performed.
The event, headlined by Bunji Garlin (Ian Alvarez) also featured soca’s heavyweight champ Machel Montano. His addition to the cast was mentioned yesterday during the press conference hosted by Carnival band Tribe, which welcomed Cardi B. As it was announced she seemed visibly happy and surprised that MM would be on board.
Born of Caribbean parentage—her mother a Trinidadian and father Dominican—Cardi B underscored at the press conference that coming to Trinidad is like coming home as she immediately feels the warmth and love whenever she visits.
When asked to say a few words, in her animated voice she said: “Oh my God. Why didn’t you guys tell me you were gonna have all of this for me? I would have put on some make up. I look ugly. And I’m so tired, I was sleeping. I look ugly.
“Anyway, I just want to tell everybody thank you. From the moment I got here, I could feel the love and everything. Where I’m from…America….with everything that’s going on right now, it’s a horrible place. But as I got here, I just feel like I could relax myself and have a good time. So bring on the tamarind balls.”
In a subsequent interview the rap diva said nobody can party like Caribbean people and she is proud to have Caribbean roots.
Cardi B’s big break came last September when her rap single Bodak Yellow topped the charts, breaking records as she became the first female rapper to top the Billboard charts without the assistance of any other credited artist in nearly 19 years. She also received two Grammy nominations for best song and best rap performance.
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