It may be four days before Christmas (if that’s something you celebrate), but Cardi B is out here handing out precious gifts early. Not only did she become the first female rapper to have her first three singles hit the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100, but yesterday she singlehandedly made The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon entertaining.

In an interview with Fallon, Cardi was just her delightful and goofy self, something that repeatedly confounded Fallon into speechlessness. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the audience was laughing at or with Cardi B, but if anything, the woman is the master of spectacle, seems to be three steps ahead of the game, and is plain inescapable at this point.


Technically, Cardi B has been on the Tonight Show before—she appeared to perform “No Limit” with G-Eazy (complete with a lot of awkward censoring of its explicit content and a weird old-timey black and white filter). But this time around she was doing the Lorde’s work and befuddling Fallon into silence.

Isha is a staff reporter who covers pop culture, representation in media, and your new faves.

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