Cardi B‘s breakthrough debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” earned a major new accolade this week by being inducted into YouTube’s elusive one billion views club.
The song’s music video, which Cardi previously revealed was filmed on a tight $15,000 budget, crossed the billion-view threshold over the weekend after premiering a little over four years ago.
“Fifteen thousand dollars, A billion views later !!!!! Wow that’s crazy !,” Cardi shared Monday. “Super dope. Thank you all for all the support through out the years….. Back to the lab. Love & appreciate y’all .”
This isn’t the first time the Grammy winner made money moves past the one billion mark. Her previous collaborations with Maroon 5, as well as Bad Bunny and J Balvin, for “Girls Like You” and “I Like It,” respectively, also amassed over a billion views. However, this is Cardi’s first solo effort to join the exclusive club. It also officially makes Cardi the first female rapper to send multiple videos past the billion-views mark.
Also, according to Chart Data, “Bodak Yellow” obtained a billion views faster than any other song made by a female rap artist.
The song’s enjoyed an impressive run since being unleashed in 2017, when it became the first single by a female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. The song’s success helped Cardi’s debut album, Invasion of Privacy, gain critical acclaim and chart on the Billboard 200 chart for three years.
Her follow-up album is rumored to drop later this year, but neither a name nor release date has yet been announced.
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