Earlier today, rapper Cardi B made hip-hop history as the first female rapper to rule without any other billed acts since Lauryn Hill in 1998, with the assistant of two Haitian-Americans on her Management team.
Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” is officially the No. 1 song in the country, beating out Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. This makes her the first female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart without the assistance of any other credited artists in nearly 19 years.
“Bodak,” released on The KSR Group/Atlantic Records, makes Cardi B (Trinidadian-Dominican) (born Belcalis Almanzar, in the Bronx, New York) just the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 without any other billed artists, following Lauryn Hill‘s first solo Hot 100 entry (apart from the Fugees), “Doo Wop (That Thing),” for two weeks beginning with its Nov. 14, 1998, debut at No. 1.
While we are extremely happy to see Cardi’s rise, we couldn’t go without congratulating Shaft and Marsha St. Hubert, two of the Haitian-American forces behind her breakthrough success, and history-making record.
Shaft is one-half of Cardi’s management team. The New York entertainment veteran is the owner of The KSR group, a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist and producer management, a record label, video production house, artist booking agent, merchandising and social media advertising.
Shaft posted this moving and inspiring message on his Instagram page:
Marsha St. Hubert is one of the senior vice-presidents of Urban Marketing for Atlantic Records.
Music Business Worldwide reports, St. Hubert is a long-time member of the Atlantic team. She got her start in the business in 2002 as an intern for Lyor Cohen at IDJ. When Cohen left IDJ for WMG in 2004, he asked St. Hubert to join him. Shortly after moving to WMG, St. Hubert went to work for Atlantic Co-Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman, first as his assistant and then as A&R Operations Manager.
In 2007, St. Hubert moved to Atlantic’s marketing department as a Product Manager, spearheading breakthrough projects by artists such as Wiz Khalifa, DJ Drama, and Lupe Fiasco. In 2012, she left the company for a two-year stint at Epic Records.
St. Hubert returned to Atlantic in 2014, reuniting with Wiz Khalifa and other artists, while working on new campaigns for Gucci Mane, Missy Elliott, Kodak Black, and PNB Rock, among others
St. Hubert posted this message on her Instagram page.
My recipe for success …… Late nights. Long flights. Ridiculous budgets. Loud talking. No talking. Conf calls. Strategy. Planning. MARKETING! God. Friends/Family. Team work. F words. MF words. B words. GTFOH words. Patience. JESUS! @ashelina44 . Steaks from The Palm. Copious amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and PASSION!!! #Cardi100 #Cardi4TheKulture #ThePeoplesChamp #KSRaBrandYouCanTrust 📸 @FloNgala