Cardi B Officially Passes Nicki Minaj To Become RIAA’s Most Certified Female Rapper Ever

Published: Thursday 5th Sep 2019 by Rashad

2 years, 1 album, and 31.5 million+ singles sold is just what it took for Cardi B‘s name to be penciled in the history books of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) again.

First nabbing headlines in December 2018 when she became the first female artist ever (of any genre) to see every track from one album certified Gold or Platinum, now – thanks to enduring success from her debut effort, ‘Invasion of Privacy’ – B (born Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar) is invading RIAA record books once more.

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This week brought with it news Almanzar’s total career certifications to date reached the 31.5 million mark (for singles) thanks to the success of her recent hit, ‘Press,’ and ‘Invasion of Privacy’ album track, ‘She Bad (featuring YG).’ With the tunes crossing the organization’s threshold for Gold (500,000 units shifted SPS) and Platinum (1,000,000 units shifted SPS) respectively, the numbers gave Cardi just the push she needed to surpass longtime nemesis Nicki Minaj in the history books as the most certified female rapper (digital singles).


The Harajuku Barbie may sit pretty in history books for her record-setting 104 entries on the Hot 100, however, the RIAA – unlike Billboard – does not attribute the success of an artist’s features to his or her overall career stats.  As such, while Minaj may have assisted a number of the decade’s biggest hits to Gold, Platinum, or Multiplatinum status, she is only credited by the organization for songs that she’s listed as the leading act.

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  1. Blanche neige September 5, 2019

    B**** how… im not even a fan. But Nicki can’t be beaten just like that.. C’mon. Ya’ll want to cancel that lady so bad

    • Caleb September 5, 2019

      Facts don’t lie. Her singles are higher certified than Nicki’s.

    • Only Facts September 5, 2019

      Salty? 🙃

    • !!! September 6, 2019

      Forget Nicki, how is she ahead of Queen and tied with Adele. You can’t tell me that s*** ain’t Payola.

  2. Meme September 5, 2019

    Chile please. I love Cardi b but we all know you can’t compared artist who sold prior to streaming to today’s artist. It’s just impossible and inaccurate to compare.

    • LOL September 5, 2019

      It’s specifically for single sales though. And the RIAA is as accurate as it gets. Nicki doing all those features bit her on her booty shots b***.

    • PussyPop$tress September 5, 2019

      for as much as i can support the whole “it’s not fair to compare artist success pre-streaming vs post-streaming” eras, you have to remember nicki only had ONE ALBUM out before the RIAA started counting streams. i mean yeah it was her most successful album but still most of nicki’s career has been during the time the riaa counted streams toward certifications

      • Meme September 5, 2019

        Yes but streaming was not the primary way of music consumption during Nicki prime days. When Nicki released Starships, Anaconda, super bass and all her massive singles that’s crossed over…streaming was either non-existing or not primary.

        Where as streaming has been primary the whole length of cardi’s career. And cardi also don’t have that many songs. She had like 3 major hits. So how sway?

        Just don’t feel that it is accurate to compare the 2. If

    • Caleb September 5, 2019

      It’s not inaccurate. Her singles are higher certified. Nicki and Cardi are both competing in the single era. It’s very fair.

    • Only Facts September 5, 2019

      Respectfully, streaming is king in 2019. That’s like Lil Kim saying she sold more cassettes than Nicki in 2009…nobody bought cassettes in 2009.

      • Meme September 5, 2019


      • Iknowiknkw September 6, 2019

        Physical copies are physical copies! Not that same as streaming so it’s inaccurate to compare without inflation (just like currency and history!.

  3. LOL September 5, 2019

    Hilarious! The day she retires. This is what you call classic. Take note Nicki! LOL

  4. Music Lover September 5, 2019

    Grape juice revels in discord between Black female artists. Their heavily gay community LOVES this type of behavior and only believe that you must have an allegiance to one artist over another. This new fad of canceling artists because they’ve over stayed their welcome is ridiculous and mean….just like the culture.

    • Blanche neige September 5, 2019

      Preach ! All these blog are manipulating the general opinion to see those girls rip into each other

    • LOL September 5, 2019

      I can agree with you but this is the kind of thing Nicki Minaj created. She can talk about female unity all she wants but she never showed it with her actions until it was too late. The whole industry even rapper Shawnna (of all people) has had problems with Nicki. Nicki is psychotic. Now she can cause discord with The Golden Girls.

      • !!! September 6, 2019

        The simple fact that you believe Shawnna (of all people) shows that you’re an idiot.

  5. Pops mother September 5, 2019

    And I OOP

  6. PussyPop$tress September 5, 2019

    i have a number of issues with this article.

    1) stans on tgj’s fb are mad but they have to realize that RIHANNA and DRAKE have more single certifications than Michael jackson and Madonna. doesn’t make them BETTER, simply means they’ve benefited from digital sales and streaming more than their counterparts. if you click the tab on RIAA site to ALBUM SALES, rihanna and drake aren’t probably even in the top 50 – literally

    2) CERTIFICATIONS ARE PAID FOR BY RECORD LABELS! This means that regardless of how much a single or album has sold, if the label doesn’t pay for the sales to be audited and verified, they wont’ be updated by the RIAA. simple as that

    3) barbz trying to undermine cardi’s accomplishment need to realize that Nicki herself earned this record even quicker than cardi! sadly, it wasn’t a hard record to beat

  7. WhyYouMad? September 5, 2019

    i wonder why people feel like blogs have to set females up against each other if they report FACTS

    if the headline just said “cardi b most certified ever” trust me plenty of her fans would’ve rubbed it in barbz faces

    facts are facts. nicki held the title, cardi snatched it.

    • LOL September 5, 2019

      Exactly. And this is just the start for Cardi B. One album in.

    • Blanche neige September 5, 2019

      So Cardi is now,the queen of rap ? C’mon we can do better… better let the title untouched then

      • GardiBang September 6, 2019

        Lauryn Hill tease

  8. King Khia September 5, 2019

    This is one of the best days ever in rap music. Nicki announced her defeat (or “retirement”) and Cardi will drop a new single at midnight and broke Nicki’s record within two years. #TheCardiBImpact

    • Darius September 5, 2019

      Agree good day to retire perfect cardi team sit back and watch and released them numbers 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  9. It’s a shame September 5, 2019

    The fact that billboard doesn’t credit Nicki for her features is unfair especially considering the fact on most of them she has the best bars

    • WhyYouMad? September 5, 2019

      no sweetie, billboard DOES credit her for her features. It’s the RIAA that doesn’t

      • Only Facts September 5, 2019

        This! 😂

      • GardiBang September 6, 2019


  10. Darius September 5, 2019

    Great time to retire Nicki 👋🏽👋🏽👋🏽👋🏽

  11. God September 5, 2019

    These are NOT single “sales.” These represent UNITS sold. There’s a HUGE different. Also, streaming is a scam. You get a unit added to record sales because someone played your song? Lmao. If 5 million people play your song 100 times, that’s not a 8 million sold. It should be based off how many people played your song, not how many times the person played a song. That’s silly. And let’s not forget cardi’s pure sales for the album are at 280,000.

    • Darius September 5, 2019

      Queen of rap period haters mad mad

  12. YES! September 5, 2019

    Congrats to Cardi!

  13. Ropeburn September 5, 2019

    Hahaha! Gurl these Nicki fans gonna have to be put on suicide watch 😂 So much bad news today!

  14. King of Kingz September 5, 2019

    Pure sales >>>> steaming. They should count pure sales as double & go back & update every artist who came out before the streaming era who worked hard for their sales smh this is getting out of hand

  15. Theman September 5, 2019

    Streaming is not the same as pure album sales. You can play a song for free over and over. It’s different. Streaming has made getting certifications way too easy.

  16. Only Facts September 5, 2019

    #dead. All of this was too much for Nicki. I can’t believe Wendy is offseason…I cannot wait to hear her thoughts on Nicki retiring after all of these consecutive L’s 😂😂 Bye Nicki.

  17. Only Facts September 5, 2019

    “I could lay a verse and lay these h*** to rest.” – Cardi B (2019 – “Yes”)

    Bye Nicki 😂😂😂

  18. Boytoy1814 September 5, 2019

    Well deserved. Congrats Cardi❤

  19. WhyYouMad? September 6, 2019

    you hooooes love to make it seem like streaming is so easy, but if it were there would be more people getting these kinds of numbers

    1500 streams equal 1, count em, JUST ONE sale. that means a song has to be streamed billions of times, free or not, to get the kinds of numbers cardi has accumulated

    • Erica September 6, 2019


    • Will_xo September 6, 2019

      But you forget ita easier to stream a song now with all the apps and tacha t our disposal tha to go actually use money to purchase a track I love cardi but lets be guided here when probably when camilla cabell does this to one of your faves or one of this really new pop girls achieves this over certified pure sale learners that you will get woke ok, let’s be guided here

  20. BarbQueenz September 6, 2019

    I really wish TGJ would provide more context.

    Nicki minaj’s Biggest hits but haven’t updated on RIAA site since 2017, some even before that

    I bet if nicki paid for the update her certifications would def be more than Retardi’s!

    • King z September 6, 2019

      Chile hush!

      All they can report on is what is and not what maybe. The “she hasn’t updated” narrative is played and speculative

      We cannot guarantee that cardi’s Certs are completely up to date either

  21. #TheTruth September 6, 2019

    The concept of fanbase in general is horrible… Most of them will do anything to make their favorite look good, just like they were insecure.
    Appreciating one person doesn’t mean you need to spit on another. And regarding public beefs, we already knew it would happen. It’s all smoke and mirrors. Don’t recreate those beefs between fanbases.
    This is how you realize the whole unity thing sounds great on paper but they don’t do what they preach.

  22. 🍊 Jasmine’s Orange Juice 🍊 September 6, 2019

    Cardi is the new Queen of rap

  23. Gio88 September 6, 2019

    I really like nicki but i just love her verses on others singles i’m not into her own music! Instead i really like cardi b music! This is the prove quantity always mean In female rap i think nicki has the best verses, cardi b has the best album/body of works and iggy has the best single(they are always bop)… and i’m not commenting lyrics

    • Gio88 September 6, 2019

      *quantity doesn’t always mean success

  24. Unnatural September 6, 2019

    This is what has prompted the payola probe. Makes no sense. There were extra dollars at play here.

    • Will_xo September 6, 2019


  25. Tyty September 6, 2019

    Female rap is an embarrassment of epic proportions how can you only have two rappers vying for the top spot??? Male rap you have Kendrick, j Cole, drake, Migos etc.. all allowed to coexist in the same space. Smh!!

  26. KeepingItReal September 6, 2019

    Yassss Queen Cardi stays wining
    Nicki canceled for good, ✌️✌️

  27. Bettie Clayton September 6, 2019


  28. Ken September 6, 2019

    You guys do know that records are meant and will always be broken right??? So what’s the problem? Nicki isn’t God or untouchable. She left her mark and that’s that. Life goes on. Now it’s time for other artists to leave their mark. The barbs are the most weirdest, making excuses for everything Nicki, delusional fan base ever. Get a life.

  29. I hate blaccck n whyte all of you. Y’all just not s*** September 6, 2019

    It’s a lie and she should have never worked with her

  30. Ronna V Simmons September 6, 2019

    Wasn’t it Nicki who was fighting for the streams to count. I do remember that. So I need her fans to take that into account. She wanted this too.

  31. Infallible September 6, 2019

    💅🏼 And there you have it!!!!!

    • Kacey Luna December 8, 2019

      All you have here is inaccurate “reporting” Nicki sitting pretty with 113M certified units 💋

  32. Danyboo September 6, 2019

    It’s just way too much….

  33. Lisa September 6, 2019

    Way to go Cardi!!!!!!!!!💕👑👑🎶🎶😆😍💯✌️

  34. September 6, 2019

    This is craziness, wtf did Nicki p*** off or not kissing the ring so they trying to erase her. this isn’t making any sense this is so inaccurate.

  35. Milly September 9, 2019

    And this is why there is an investigation out now. Smh. Not sure how 31.5 mil is a bigger number than 65 mil but hey it is what it is

  36. Joe momma October 31, 2019

    they do count features lol. these are just solo singles. Nicki is the 3rd most certified artist on riaa. with around 110 million certified units, please stop spreading lies.

  37. Kacey Luna December 8, 2019

    Um I’m not sure what y’all are sipping in the tea over there, but the claim that RIAA doesn’t contribute features to the success of an artist is a BLATANT LIE. Nicki is absolutely credited for all plaques any of her features get! That’s why she’s the THIRD BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST. Rihanna is #1, Taylor #2, Nicki #3, Katy Perry #4, Mariah #5. Lies lies lies!

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