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Cardi B Will Require $300K to Leave Her Baby and Get Onstage

Rapper won't perform for less than that, sources tell TMZ
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2018 11:26 AM CDT
In this April 22, 2018, file photo, Cardi B performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.   (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Cardi B gave birth last month, and the rapper is taking maternity leave seriously. Sources close to her tell TMZ she won't leave her newborn daughter to do a show unless she's being paid at least $300,000; the performance must also be close to home. She has performed once since giving birth—she made a surprise appearance at Migos' New York show over the weekend; her husband, Offset, is a member of the group—and TMZ notes it's not clear whether she dropped the $300,000 requirement for that concert.

Either way, she'll likely have no trouble getting the paycheck she wants, as the gossip site says she's getting offers in the $500,000 range. At Jezebel, Bobby Finger notes that the story is simultaneously annoying and impressive: "It’s inspiring to see a new mother make headlines for using her fame and power to return to work on her terms," but it also highlights the extreme income inequality in the US; $300,000 is about five times the median household income for a US family. "Slayyyy mamaaaaa! Yikes, how will I ever retire!" (Read more cardi b stories.)

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