Cardi B has made history yet again: Her 2017 breakout single “Bodak Yellow” is the first song by a female rapper to be certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
On March 9, RIAA announced that “Bodak Yellow” has sold 10 million units in the US, where each unit is equivalent to “a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams,” Billboard reported. The rapper is also the only female emcee in history to ever receive the award from the RIAA.
See Cardi accept her Diamond-certified plaque below:
— RIAA (@RIAA) March 9, 2021
The rapper also took to Instagram to celebrate her latest achievement. “A couple of years ago I didn’t even understand what going diamond means or meant I just wanted to win and break in. This record changed my life,” she wrote. “Thank you everyone who showed Bodak so much support and support and buy till THIS DAY.” Read her full statement below:
Cardi has been breaking a number of records as of late. Last month, her single “Up” debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It made her the first woman to hit the top spot with two consecutive singles (she’d previously earned it with “WAP”), breaking Drake’s record. The Canadian rapper had achieved it with his Rihanna collab “Work” and his solo effort “Summer Sixteen” in 2016.
And it seems like Cardi’s streak won’t end anytime soon. Late last week, the rapper shared on social media a snippet of new music from her upcoming album. The follow-up to her 2018 debut, Invasion of Privacy, is expected to land sometime later this year.
Revisit “Bodak Yellow” here: