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In 2015, Cardi B and DJ Self were both cast members of VH1’s reality TV hit, “Love & Hip Hop New York.” At the time, DJ Self was more established in the music industry than Cardi B due to his work at New York-based radio stations and deejaying at major hip-hop events. Cardi B, on the other hand, was a former stripper who was able to gain a large social media following due to her comedic rants on Instagram. She was just starting in music and needed a plug to help her reach the mainstream.

One storyline on “LHHNY” that season was DJ Self’s business and personal relationship with Cardi B. DJ Self had a decision to make between promoting Cardi B and another female artist named MariahLynn.

At the time, Cardi B said that she was hurt by DJ Self underestimating her talents.

“It’s certain things that I don’t like, like sometimes he underestimates me a little bit,” Cardi B told blogger CNikky. “But, it’s always gonna be that way, why would you not underestimate somebody that you seen [sic] on the stripper pole? It hurts your feelings sometimes. It really hurts your feelings and it puts you down, but it’s a good feeling when they see it and you be like, ‘Yeah!’ ”

Cardi B would have the last laugh. Her single “Bodak Yellow” pushed her into the mainstream after she broke several records on the Billboard charts. With the release of Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B went gold in one night and performed on “SNL.”

After facing backlash on social media, DJ Self decided to speak out on Instagram, “Any artist that chooses to do something positive with their life should never be discouraged and any future music moguls, I know this world is full of trolls. Let people live out their lives and encourage people who choose to help others. I see 6ix9ine, I see XXX, I see Drake give back. I too also give back #GwininGives. Praise those artist[s] who make it and give back or just keep ya negative energy to yourself period cause we gonna keep moving forward!”

However, DJ Self continues to be blasted on social media for his decision.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.