Cardi B. Covers Rolling Stone: Talks Money, Success, Female Rappers, Failure and Going WITHOUT

Bronx rapper Cardi B. just keeps on winning. The former Love And Hip Hop star graces the cover of the newest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, and in her cover interview, she gives some insight into the Cardi B. that has taken the music industry–and really the world–by storm.

Rolling Stone caught up with Cardi B. the day after her birthday (October 11) and almost 3 weeks before her boyfriend of 7 months, Migos’ frontman Offset, proposed to her mid-concert during a weekend performance in Philly.

Some surprising admissions from the very laid back and famously upfront Cardi:

She says she had to go “without” on her birthday (always a bummer), because BF Offset was in another country:

“I was sad, because it’s like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m not getting no dick on my birthday,'” she said. “But I wasn’t going to get dick on my birthday anyway, because I got my period.”

On not doing condoms:

“Girl, I don’t even use a condom.”

She feels somewhat silenced by her booming popularity:

“I used to tell myself that I will always be myself,” she says. But she worries that she’s going back on that vow. “Little by little, I’m feeling like I’m getting trapped and muted.”

Fearing failure:

“If you go broke and lose your career, it’s bad – and everybody is talkin’ shit about it! At least if you lose your 9-to-5 you don’t got millions of people judging you and talking shit while you lost your job.”

Sure she’d end up living a boring life, she planned on becoming a history teacher–now she’s making history:

Seven years ago, Cardi B was convinced she’d already failed at life. To please her mom, she was studying at a Manhattan community college with plans to become a history teacher…

She’s in the back seat of a black SUV on her way to a performance at Baltimore’s Morgan State University, and the college setting is bringing back memories. “It was very frustrating – you have to pay for everything. When I finally got a job at Amish Market, I had to debate, ‘Do I wanna go to class or do I wanna finish my shift?'”

On becoming a super-popular stripper:

She dropped out after two semesters, and soon took up stripping – a career move helpfully suggested by her Amish Market boss. “A lot of people wonder, ‘Why would anybody want to be a dancer?'” she says. “Because there’s money!” She used some of her stripping cash to briefly return to school. “I kept missing classes,” she says, “and quit because I felt like I was already failing. It was such a disappointment.”

After the unexpected, monster success of ‘Bodak Yellow’, she’s not sure which way to go musically:

Her in-progress album is never far from her thoughts. “I got six, seven solid songs that I like, but I wonder if a month from now, I’m going to change my mind.” All the looming expectations, she admits, are making it harder to come up with songs. “It’s not as fun to do music,” she says. “My mind doesn’t flow as free ’cause I have so much on my mind.”

“…It’s so sad to say, and I don’t want to be the one to say it, but you gotta follow the trend,” she says. “This generation loves to get high. They love to be on drugs. This is why they on that shit: They don’t want to think about what you’re saying.”

On beefing with other female rappers:

“It’s not even the female rappers that are catty, it’s the fans,” she says. “They just want that beef.”

Cardi also discusses her mixed Trinidadian and Dominican background in the telling interview. Read more at Rolling Stone.