2017 is the Year of Cardi B

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Cardi B attends the TIDAL X: Brooklyn 3rd Annual Benefit Concert at The Barclays Center on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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It has been a huge year the new queen of hip hop. But perhaps Cardi B’s biggest money move is besting Taylor Swift on the charts.

The 25-year-old breakout hip-hop artist opened up about the milestone in a new interview with Billboard for the publication’s 2017 Year In Music issue. In it she said that she felt like the underdog when her single Bodak Yellow surpassed Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this fall.

“I really like that song, but it do make me feel good because Taylor Swift is freaking Taylor Swift,” Cardi B told Billboard, adding that Swift’s ongoing chart-topping success is “what she’s known for.” She added, “It felt like I was doing it for the culture.”

Michael Kyser, Atlantic Records’ president of black music, told the outlet that Cardi B’s populist appeal is a driving force behind her success, calling her ‘the people’s champion. ”

She doesn’t know how to play industry games — she’s six months removed from the Bronx projects,” Kyser said.

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