But in addition to topping the Hot 100 being a historic moment for Cardi and women in general is its significance for women in hip-hop, specifically. Not only is this a long time coming (19 years!), but
because successful, mainstream female rappers are few and far between, the landscape is very competitive, and we rarely see them support one another. With a few exceptions (see the epic "Ladies Night"
remix in 1997 featuring Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott, Left Eye, Da Brat, and Angie Martinez), we usually see female lyricists going head-to-head: There was Queen Latifah versus Foxy Brown back in the day, Khia vs. Trina, Lil Kim. vs. Remy Ma, and the list goes on and on, including that little tiff you might recall between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj
this past year. And often, even if there isn't an actual feud happening, we just assume
every woman that's a rapper has some beef with another. In fact, many have even tried (looking at you, Charlamagne,
) to fabricate or instigate feuds between Cardi and other artists like Nicki.