Cardi B Invades & Conquers

Apr 19, 2018

Twelve days ago, Cardi B released her long-awaited debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, earning 255,000 equivalent sales (per Nielsen Music), the 2nd largest release week of the year. Now, she's taking on veteran songwriters, with all but 1 song from the new album charting on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Cardi's ascension is no real surprise. Born Belcalis Almanzar, she received some notoriety on Instagram, where she blatantly discussed her career as a stripper. In 2015, this fame carried Almanzar to MTV's Love & Hip Hop: New York, signing with Atlantic Records in 2017. 

The Bronx rapper first appeared on our Hot Hitmakers chart in July following the success of "Bodak Yellow." With this release, Almanzar has returned, and becomes only the 2nd female rapper to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 solo (Lauryn Hill was the first in 1998). Though "Bodak Yellow" is no longer charting, the rest of her debut album is, thanks in large part to heavy streaming & collaborations with 21 Savage (another returning Hitmaker) & Migos (of which her fiancé Kiari Cephus AKA Offset is part). 

Hot Hitmakers

Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week

April 21, 2018
1

Belcalis Almanzar

"Bartier Cardi"   Cardi B [ft. 21 Savage]
"Finesse"   Bruno Mars & Cardi B
"Be Careful"   Cardi B
"Bickenhead"   Cardi B
"Money Bag"   Cardi B
"Thru Your Phone"   Cardi B
"Get Up 10"   Cardi B
"She Bad"   Cardi B & YG
"Best Life"   Cardi B [ft. Chance the Rapper]
"Ring"   Cardi B [ft. Kehlani
"Drip"   Cardi B [ft. Migos]
"I Like It"   Cardi B, Bad Bunny, & J Balvin
"I Do"   Cardi B [ft. SZA]
2

Ed Sheeran

"Perfect"   Ed Sheeran
3

David Burd

"Freaky Friday"   Lil Dicky [ft. Chris Brown]
4

Adam Feeney

"Never Be The Same"   Camila Cabello
"Havana"   Camila Cabello
"Pray For Me"   The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
"Be Careful"   Cardi B
"Broken Clocks"   SZA
"Call Out My Name"   The Weeknd
"Wasted Times"   The Weeknd
5

Aubrey Graham

"God's Plan"   Drake
"Walk It Talk It"   Migos [ft. Drake]
"Look Alive"   BlocBoy JB [ft. Drake]
"Nice For What"   Drake
6

Dexter Gore Jr

"Japan"   Famous Dex
7

Nathan Feuerstein

"Let You Down"   NF
8

Kendrick Duckworth

"All The Stars"   Kendrick Lamar & SZA
"Pray For Me"   The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
"King's Dead"   Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, & James Blake
"New Freezer"   Rich The Kid [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
9

Austin Post

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"I Fall Apart"   Post Malone
"Psycho"   Post Malone [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]
10

Jahseh Onfroy & John Cunningham

"Changes"   XXXTentacion
"Sad!"   XXXTentacion
"Moonlight"   XXXTentacion
11

Abel Tesfaye

"Call Out My Name"   The Weeknd
"Wasted Times"   The Weeknd
"Try Me"   The Weeknd
"Pray For Me"   The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
12

Dimitri Roger

"Plug Walk"   Rich the Kid
"New Freezer"   Rich the Kid [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
13

Kiari Cephus

"Ric Flair Drip"   Offset & Metro Boomin
"Stir Fry"   Migos
"Walk It Talk It"   Migos [ft. Drake]
"Proud"   2 Chainz [ft. YG & Offset]
14

Louis Bell

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Psycho"   Post Malone [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]
15

Kentrell Gaulden

"Outside Today"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
16

James Baker

"Look Alive"   BlocBoy JB [ft. Drake]
17

Grant Dickinson

"Plug Walk"   Rich the Kid
18

Tyler Hubbard

"Meant To Be"   Bebe Rexha X Florida Georgia Line
"You Make It Easy"   Jason Aldean
19

Shayaa Abraham-Joseph

"Bartier Cardi"   Cardi b [ft. 21 Savage]
"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
20

Christopher Comstock

"Everyday "   Logic & Marshmello
"Friends"   Marshmello & Anne-Marie