She claims says “community service has been the best thing that has happened to me.” She even compared her court-mandated activities to something almost “like a spiritual journey.”
“Community service has been the best thing that has happened to me. Almost like a spiritual journey because sometimes I leave these centers in tears. Those people that we leave behind, they just need somebody to talk [to] and a lil push and YOU might be able to change their life forever.”
Blavity reported on the 2022 sentence that Cardi received stemming from a 2018 strip club altercation. Cardi, whose legal name is Belcalis Almánzar, allegedly threw a hookah and champagne bottles at two of the strip club’s bartenders. The bartenders were sisters, Jade and Baddie Gi.
She was also accused of ordering her friends to attack the sisters at the club.
In September, to avoid jail time, the “WAP” rapper pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and two misdemeanor charges. She has also agreed to perform 15 days of community service.
The other charges in the 12-count indictment, which included two felonies, were dropped because of the deal.
Community service has been the best thing that has happened to me. Almost like a spiritual journey because sometimes I leave these centers in tears .Those people that we leave behind they just need somebody to talk and a lil push and YOU might be able to change their life forever
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) February 25, 2023
Cardi has taken her sentence in stride since it was handed down. In an interview with TMZ, she took full responsibility for her actions after entering her guilty plea.
“Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions,” said the rapper. “As a mother, it’s a practice that I am trying to instill in my children, but the example starts with me. I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I am not afraid to face and own up to.”
She added, “These moments don’t define me and they are not reflective of who I am now. I’m looking forward to moving past this situation with my family and friends and getting back to the things I love the most — music and my fans.”
Cardi went live after one of her first service days. The Bronx native became emotional after sharing her experience of visiting a facility that supported veterans.
The rapper has also made it a point to show that community service can be fashionable.
She has shared multiple tweets of her outfits before she heads out the door to fulfill her sentence.