Cardi B has defended herself after a video resurfaced of her saying she drugged and robbed men who wanted to have sex with her while she worked as a stripper before finding fame.The rapper faced criticism after the three-year-old Instagram live video recirculated on social media.
“Whether or not they were poor choices at the time, I did what I had to do to survive,” she wrote on Tuesday.
“I never claimed to be perfect or come from a perfect world.”
The original video was made as her career was starting to take off and was her response to someone who said she didn’t deserve success because she hadn’t put in any work.
“Nothing was handed to me. Nothing,” she said in the video, before going on to reveal that she would invite men to a hotel before drugging and robbing them.In response to the furore, she wrote on Instagram that she had been talking “about things in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a living”.
She added: “I’m a part 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.”