Here's where Cardi B's name actually comes from

Unless you've been living in a cave, you're familiar with Cardi B, the current reigning queen of hip-hop music.

The Bronx-born Dominican rapper, whose Rolling Stone cover debuted on Monday, made history earlier this month when her hit single "Bodak Yellow" dethroned Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" as No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

The move made Cardi B the second female rapper to ever top the chart with a solo hit since Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" occupied the throne in 1998, and only the fifth female rapper to top the Hot 100 chart in history.

But amid the rapper's wild rise to fame, we had never once stopped to question where her stage name, Cardi B, actually comes from -- until now.

While wrapping up her performing at Bacardi's "Dress To Be Free" Halloween party in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday night, Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar,  reminded the crowd that her nickname actually stems from the iconic rum brand.  

Cardi B also discussed the story behind her moniker during an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show in July 2017. When the host asked where her nickname was derived from, the rapper replied, "my sister's name is Hennessy, so everybody used to be like 'Bacardi' to me...then I shortened it to Cardi B, the 'B' stands for whatever depending on the day...beautiful or bully."

Cardi B arrived at Monday night's event in true Cardi B fashion – lighting up the red carpet donning a “Bruella” de Vil costume, including a black and white fur coat and matching hairdo, long red gloves, a black embellished bustier and a long cigarette holder.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cardi B attends BACARDI presents Dress To Be Free with performances by Cardi B and Les Twins at House of Yes on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cardi B performs at the Dress To Be Free Halloween Party at House Of Yes on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Cardi B attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Cardi B attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Cardi B is seen leaving the Blonds fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cardi B attends the Nylon REBEL Fashion Party at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cardi B attends NYLON's Rebel Fashion Party, powered by Land Rover, at Gramercy Terrace at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Rappers Offset and Cardi B are seen leaving the Helmut Lang Seen By Shayne Oliver fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Cardi B seen at a music studio in Manhattan on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Rapper Cardi B attends the Fenty Puma by Rihanna show during New York Fashion Week at the 69th Regiment Armory on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Danielle Brooks, Cardi B and Leslie Jones pose backstage for the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 59 on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Rapper Cardi B at 2017 LudaDay Celebrity Basketball Game at Morehouse College - Forbes Arena on September 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Cardi B attends Luda birthday celebration at Compound on September 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Rapper Cardi B performs onstage during the 2017 Budweiser Made in America festival - Day 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: G-Eazy surprises fans at Blue Nile on August 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with an intimate performance of his new album, joined by musical friend Cardi B. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Bud Light)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B arrives at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B performs during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Recording artist Cardi B arrives on T-Mobile's magenta carpet duirng the Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight Party for Mayweather vs. McGregor at T-Mobile Arena on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Showtime)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Cardi B performs during the BIG3 three on three basketball league championship game on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Cardi B poses backstage during rehearsals for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 25, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
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Before she left the stage, Cardi B encouraged guests to dress however they want and be whoever they want, which is what she said Bacardi's #DresstobeFree movement means to her.

Sadly, neither her new 8-karat rock – nor her new fiancée – made an appearance at the event, as the former is currently getting resized.

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