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Cardi B Addresses 'Rolling Stone' Backlash

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At the start of June 2022, the infamous Rolling Stone magazine dropped their list of what they believe to be 'The 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time.' Coming in strong at #16 was Cardi B's 2018 album, Invasion of Privacy. While fans of the rapper were excited to see her make an appearance on this prestigious list, others were not impressed, taking to Twitter to express their frustration that she had outranked hip-hop legends such as Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, 2Pac, and Nas. Appearing on Angele Yee's Lip Service podcast, Cardi B is finally clapping back at her haters.

"This is nuts," wrote one Twitter in response to the list's ranking release. "Wtf is this list, man," wrote another, specifically referencing the fact that Cardi B placed higher than Kanye West. For the past month, Cardi B has yet to address these comments circulating the internet. However, now she is speaking up and rejecting the disrespect.

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"I understand people feel a certain type of way, but don't y'all disrespect me or my work or my album. ... Don't even try it," she told the host. "You don't have to disrespect my s***." Cardi noted that she hadn't asked for the ranking, and therefore, should not be criticized for her position on it. Talking to the hosts, Cardi speculated that the entire thing had been done as a publicity stunt on behalf of Rolling Stone, capitalizing off her fame in a desperate attempt to have people share and discuss the article. "People wouldn't give a f*** about the list, but once they placed mine so high and the classics lower, I feel I've seen those type of recipes all the time," she said. "However, I become the punching bag."

While the hip-hop star is happy to agree that the classic albums by people such as Nas and Notorious B.I.G did deserve to be ranked higher on the list, she stands by her album's worth. "It's definitely is a classic," she told the podcast hosts about Invasion of Privacy. Featuring on the Billboard 200 charts, the record went triple platinum, far exceeding many of her co-list members. Rolling Stone list or not, those stats speak for themselves...