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Cardi B ruled 2017. In 2018, expect to discover her collaborator, HoodCelebrityy.

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"It's different," HoodCelebrityy said of her music. "Nobody have that right now. So, when you hear that sound, the people that knows me and knows my music, they know it's HoodCelebrityy."

HoodCelebrityy - whose real name is Tina Pinnock - is blending the sounds of her two homes: the reggae of Jamaica, where she grew up, and the hip-hop of the Bronx, where she moved when she was 14.

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The Bronx is also where she crossed paths with arguably the borough's most popping current resident, rapper Cardi B.

HoodCelebrityy said the two met at a house party. Both artists have rather loud personas, but instead of being pushed apart by their energies, they were thrown into a years-long friendship, and have since appeared on several songs together.

"Cardi was always fun," HoodCelebrityy said. "She was always a good energy, always about vibe, and I was the same way. It's hard to find good friends and good people."

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HoodCelebrityy is now on her own come-up with the music world perhaps thirsting for more intensely powerful female hip-hop artists in a post-"Bodak Yellow" landscape.

The musician recently split her set with Cardi B at Houston's Day for Night festival before an enthusiastic crowd, and she also has a new single out and her eyes on the future.

"The way they just reacted out there is like, damn, I created this energy, this good energy," HoodCelebrityy said of her Houston performance. "

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"You see everybody jumping up and down, and they enjoy the music as much as I do. So, that's the point where I'm like, 'I made it, this is successful.'"

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