Cardi B is out of her mind. It turns out she’s just as unfiltered in person as she is on her Instagram account. When I pick her and her manager up in the lobby of our building she confesses that she’s a little worried and nervous about this interview. When I ask why, her response makes me do a double-take: “Because I’m not spontaneous,” she says. And then after a brief pause she adds, “I’m only spontaneous when it comes to penis.” All three of us start yell-laughing, mostly because Cardi says this with a stranger cowering in the corner of the elevator we’re in. 

Honesty is Cardi’s currency. It’s been that way ever since she started her Instagram account, on which she tackles hard truths with the precision of a veteran comedian. George Carlin would’ve been a Cardi B fan, I’m sure of it. But alongside her no-nonsense hilarity is an underlying message of inspiration to young girls—she lets them know it’s OK to be themselves and to be happy with who they are. That rare combination is the reason why she has resonated with the young generation so much. With PC culture on the rise, Cardi, is one of the few who keeps it a hundo.

With one million followers and counting, the 23-year-old Bronx princess and hoe whisperer has finessed her way into the spotlight. Already in the hearts and minds of those from the hood due to her incomparable online presence, Cardi is on her way to becoming a household name. With her stripping days behind her, she’s now spicing things up with a starring spot on Love & Hip-Hop: New York—and the anticipation is at a fever pitch. Once they dropped a trailer highlighting Cardi as the newest cast member, the internet went nuts—not just because of Cardi’s name recognition, but also because the trailer showed her smacking a cast member, breaking a car window, and hitting a runway model twirl that’d make Naomi Campbell jealous.

And that was nothing. The penis comment Cardi dropped in the elevator seemed crazy—peak Cardi—but it turns out she was just getting started with me.