Cardi B’s breakout single “Bodak Yellow” made history on International Women’s Day (March 8). Much to Cardi’s surprise, the 2017 track became the first diamond-certified single ever by a female rapper. The RIAA made it official by adding the diamond plaque to their site’s database and later congratulated Cardi with a tweet on Tuesday (March 9) morning.
Atlantic Records surprised Cardi with the news at a restaurant where executives presented her with the diamond plaque for “Bodak Yellow” and also congratulated her on “WAP” going 5x-platinum in less than a calendar year. The clip was quickly deleted and the Bronx bombshell replaced it with another video teasing the announcement for Tuesday.
“I just got this crazy surprise and I think you guys are going to find out tomorrow,” she said. “And I just want to say thank you guys so much because without you guys, this wouldn’t have happened. This really made my day and really uplifted me for this crazy performance, and um… wow. I know you guys are going to be really happy, like really, really happy.”
She continued once the love started pouring in from fans, “WTFFF !!! How the heiiilllll yall already now ? I can’t. I’ll be back later. DEUM YA BE KNOWING EERRTHANG! I need a moment guys… I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow and I’ll be reposting. I’m too emotional to see all these beautiful tweets.”
“Bodak Yellow” went 9x-platinum in 2019 and reaches the elusive diamond status less than two years later. The single powered Cardi into her Invasion of Privacy debut, where every song on the album is at least gold — making her the first woman to accomplish that feat as well.
Revisit “Bodak Yellow” below.