Hey Joe, Where you going with that gun in your hand?

Aurora Flores-Hostos
10 min readApr 1, 2021

Goin’ down to shoot my ol’ lady. Ya know I caught her (W.A.P.) messing ‘round with another man. The Cardi B controversy.


The fallout over Cardi B’s top-charting W.A.P. performance over the Grammy Awards stirred a second sanctimonious tsunami of garment-gashing jazzers and Latin music artists exploding with indignation all over Facebook days into weeks later. Twitter still sizzled from the big night as did Instagram and the social media online chat rooms of the National Association of Recorded Arts & Sciences (NARAS ). Never mind that Snoop Dog — someone who’s howled at females to snap their snatches at him — weighed in earlier chastising Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion’s scissor swizzling duet for “crossing a line.” Now we had to hear it from old school Latin music and jazz artists outraged at the “pornography,” “impropriety,” and “trash,” promoted, exposed, and permitted by NARAS, the organization that votes, selects, and bestows the Grammy Awards, the highest pinnacle of musical excellence to American artists. For them, some who’d won Grammys before and others who can taste nothing but, the 28-year-old Belcalis Almánzar otherwise known as Cardi B, was not deserving, in fact, she was objectionable and disposable.

It didn’t matter that in the testosterone-laden genre of rap Cardi B is the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album as a solo artist, rapper, and songwriter in 2019. Or that she was named, twice, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, another first for a female rapper. Billboard Music Awards named her Woman of the Year and she is the female rapper with the most number-one hits on the charts today. On the Latino side, she breathed new life into the Latin boogaloo classic “I Like it Like That” she covered. And it’s Cardi B’s signature “trill” heard over Pepsi commercials.

Yet, her show was bashed, torn to shreds over a blazing pyre of green flames burned over a carefully selected foundation of self-appointed melodious nobility whose reign, as the current English crown is passé. They blamed NARAS for “exposing” someone far from musical artistry or excellence. They questioned the values of an organization whose awards ceremony embargoes the more “sophisticated” music of Jazz, Latin, or Classical over television ratings, — a stodgy organization slow in recognizing Blacks, Latinos…

Aurora Flores-Hostos

Writer, communications specialist, entertainment & salsa savant, news junkie, and Boricua woman of the world. www.aurora-communications.com