Unlike most celebrities who are extremely tight-lipped about their lives before they became famous, Cardi B has always been an open book. The Love & Hip-Hop: New York alum has always been candid about her journey to the A-list. From her basement butt injections to her childhood growing up in the South Bronx, Cardi has never been afraid to keep it real.
As someone who has always advocated for the underprivileged especially during these tumultuous times, it’s clear that Cardi has a lot of thoughtful ideas and opinions about how to make the world a better place. In fact, she has openly stated that in the future she would love to run for some form of government office.
Here’s what we know about Cardi B’s high school days.
Cardi B loved high school
Cardi attended Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology, a vocational high school on the Herbert H. Lehman High School campus. The school is located in the Bronx and has a student population of just over 4,000.
Cardi adored high school. During a 2018 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Invasion of Privacy rapper revealed that she was super disruptive in class. Though she wasn’t a bad student, she loved to crack jokes which more often than not got her sent to the principals’s office.
Cardi B’s teachers still love her
Though Cardi was often the class clown, her teachers still adored her. “I made the teachers cry when I left [school]…But the smartest person, the teacher wasn’t crying for them,” Cardi B told DeGeneres
.In fact, one of the rapper’s former teachers defended her against haters on social media. “For those of you trashing Cardi B for representing a political voice, a) she probably scored higher than you on the US history regent exam and was in my AP US govt class,” she said. “b) you’re not nearly as busy as her, and what have you done to advance political discourse in this country. c) She has a national platform and is using it to speak about things that are important…why can’t we respect that? d) STFU and take a seat.”
After graduating from high school, Cardi attended college for some time, but money woes and an abusive relationship derailed her plans.
Cardi B started stripping after high school to get out of an abusive relationship
After high school, Cardi was working at a deli in Manhattan and dreaming about a rap career. However, she was an abusive relationship that was holding her back. The Bronx-born rapper began stripping as a way to make money when she was 19. Her manager at the deli she was working at actually suggested she switch career paths. “He was like, ‘You’re so pretty, you got a nice body,’” Cardi told Fader. “He told me to go across the street to New York Dolls, the strip club. That’s when I started stripping.”
Cardi credits her time at the strip club for helping her escape her abusive living situation. “I was living with my boyfriend who was beating my a**,” she explained in a 2016 interview with VLAD TV. “Stripping gave me my own money to leave him.”
Also, if you’ve seen her “Money” video, then you know she still has all of the moves.