Cardi B responds to video in which she claims to have 'drugged and robbed' men

Cardi B has addressed a video in which she claims to have 'drugged and robbed men' during her time working as a stripper.

The Grammy-winning rapper says she is not proud of her actions, but that she did what she had to do to "survive".

In the resurfaced video, the performer is heard saying: "I had to go strip, I had to go, 'Oh yeah, you want to f*** me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let's go back to this hotel,' and I drugged n***** up, and I robbed them. That's what I used to do."

In a post on Instagram, the 26-year-old, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, has since responded to the controversy, claiming she made the choices she did because she had "very limited options" at the time.

"So I'm seeing on social media that a live [stream] I did 3 years ago has popped back up, began the post. "A live where I talked about things I had to do in my past, right or wrong, that I felt I needed to do to make a living.

"I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world with a perfect past. I always speak my truth. I always own my s***.

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Cardi B attending the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, USA. Picture date: Monday August 20, 2018. See PA Story SHOWBIZ VMAs. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
Offset, a la izquierda, y Cardi B llegan a la ceremonia de los premios Grammy el domingo 10 de febrero del 2019 en Los Angeles. (Foto por Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
2018 American Music Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Cardi B in audience before the show. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Cardi B performs at the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park in New York City, New York, U.S., September 29, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
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Rapper Cardi B arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards - Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 11/03/2018 – Cardi B accepts the Best New Artist award. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
60th Annual Grammy Awards – Show – New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 – Cardi B and Bruno Mars finish their performance of "Finesse." REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Singer Cardi B attends the 2018 Pre-GRAMMY Gala & GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons presented by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy honoring Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 27, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Rapper Cardi B performs at RodeoHouston on March 1, 2019 in Houston, Texas. - The rodeo said that the rapper set an all-time attendance record of 75,580 people. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
BEL AIR, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Cardi B attends Ignite's Angels and Devils Pre-Valentine's Day Party on February 13, 2019 in Bel Air, California. (Photo by Randall Michelson/Getty Images for Ignite)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Cardi B during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Cardi B performs onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina are seen is soho on December 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: From 'Love & Hip Hop New York' Hennessy (L) and Cardi B attend the 2016 VH1's Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night concert at Kings Theatre on December 2, 2016 in the Brookyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Bryshere Y. Gray and Cardi B performs onstage during the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on September 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/BET/Getty Images for BET)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Cardi B walks the runway for Gypsy Sport at Milk Studios on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images)
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"I'm part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.

The rapper said she does not have a "perfect past"

She added that there are rappers who "glorify" murder, violence drugs and robbing – crimes they felt they had to commit to "survive" – but that she had never personally glorified anything like that.

She added: "I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive.

She also wrote that the men she spoke about in the video were ones she had dated and were "conscious and willing and aware."

- This article originally appeared on Yahoo UK

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