Born and brought up in The Bronx, Belcalis Almanzar is an American songwriter, rapper and social media celebrity who is better known as "Cardi B." She first rose to fame when she took to social media to talk about her career as a stripper and its positive influence on her life. Her refreshingly candid and unabashed style garnered much attention and she became an internet sensation overnight. In 2015, she debuted alongside Shaggy on his remix of the song "Boom Boom." From 2015 to 2017, Cardi B featured as a regular on the reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York following which she signed with Atlantic Records and released her chart-topping single "Bodak Yellow." Influenced by a difficult life marred by violence and financial struggles, Cardi B's style is aggressive, uncensored and unapologetic.