For as long as I can remember one of the biggest accomplishments for any artist has been “can they make a summer hit?”  If you can be in that discussion your career is officially stamped. We know summertime is the time of the year where we all travel, party, attend cookouts etc. With the numerous activities available throughout our favorite season one of the most important things besides having money is the perfect soundtrack to go with it. Walking into Summer 2017 we already knew DJ Khaled had a bunch of tricks up his sleeve in preparation for his Grateful album executive produced by Asahd Khaled his newborn and first child.  My initial thoughts for Khaled’s first single, Shining, with Jay-Z and Beyoncé was how can he top that?  Next up was I’m the One with Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo and Lil Wayne.  Geesh!  There’s no way he would top that, we all thought.  Just as game two of the NBA Finals was about to kick off, the legendary Carlos Santana blessed us with the national anthem…now I know what you’re thinking why is that important?  One of Carlos Santana’s biggest hits was Maria Maria produced by Wyclef Jean.  Who knew the level of genius DJ Khaled possessed that he would sample that song and give us Wild Thoughts with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller just two weeks after Carlos Santana sang the national anthem.  Wild Thoughts hit number one on the charts and is dominating the party scene. The energy in that record is amazing and has become the ladies anthem…up until about a few weeks ago.

Enter Cardi B transitioning from Love & Hip Hop reality star to female emcee.  Cardi B is two mixtapes in and she’s showing the world her growth.  Her summertime hit Bodak Yellow, Money Moves is currently climbing up the charts and giving the ladies that ratchet vibe they’ve been missing. A relationship with Offset from the superstar group Migos, and a Drake cosign this summer at his OVO Fest has really put a stamp on the hardworking Bronx native.  Make no mistake Cardi B’s track pays homage to Kodak Black (No Flocking), but she completely owns the record. Currently sitting top ten on the Hot 100, the debate has begun as to who has the song of the summer.  Surprisingly right now many people are picking Bodak Yellow for a few reasons: first, everyone loves the underdog, second, we didn’t anticipate this record, third it dropped just two days after Wild Thoughts, Cardi B doesn’t have the same budget and fan base as her opponents, and finally her and her Atlantic team had to work harder.  It’s obviously paying off big time!  Cardi B is the first female rapper to dominate the charts since Nicki Minaj, and she is the highest charting rapper from Love & Hip Hop ever.  There is no question this record will be number one before the summer is over. The only thought that remains is what’s next for Cardi B?

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