He was born on October 11, 1992, in Washington Heights,

 Manhattan. She has a Dominican father 

Trinidadian mother of African  Spanish 

descent. Almanzer grew up in the Highbridge 

neighborhood of the South Bronx, and spent a lot of 

time at her grandmother's house in Washington 

Heights, which she credits with "such a dense 

accent." Almanzar developed the stage name "Cardi 

as an etymology of Bacardi, a rum brand that was 

formerly his nickname. She has a younger sister, 

Hennessy Carolina, who was born in 1995. She has 

said she was a member of a bloody gang since she 

was 16, in her youth, and she has said she would not 

encourage him to join the gang. , That Herbert H. 

Studied at the Renaissance High School for Musical 

Theater and Technology, founded by Lehman High 

School, a professional high school on campus.