Thirty minutes before doors opened at the sold-out Echostage on Thursday night, a line stretched all the way down Queens Chapel Road and around the corner for a full block. The woman of the hour was effervescent rapper Cardi B. Last month, she became the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Lauryn Hill in 1998. The hit? An absurdly contagious victory lap called “Bodak Yellow.”

The Bronx native’s success felt like the start of a revolution, led by Latina and black women from low-income neighborhoods whose mannerisms and language contribute so much to mainstream pop culture without receiving any of the credit. She’s unabashedly herself — not too cool to scream with excitement and just as willing to check anyone who steps to her incorrectly. She dances in the street when she buys a Bentley and takes her fans jewelry shopping with her over social media. She’s the kind of person people wish they could be if they weren’t so preoccupied with what others may think or say about them, and that shamelessness makes everything she does a spectacle for the uninitiated and #goals for those who already adore her.

But for Thursday’s crowd, perhaps Cardi was a little too nonchalant. It became a race against the clock as doting fans grew aggressively impatient, booing opening acts who couldn’t live up to their queen and getting into small scuffles as the tension continued to grow. Sometime around 12:45 a.m., a group of people up front realized she was live on Instagram getting her makeup done and chatting up viewers instead of performing onstage for the paying concertgoers.

It was an unfortunate but unsurprising revelation, considering the large role social media played in her ascent to stardom and continues to play in keeping people tuned in to her larger-than-life personality. For a few, it was too much a slap in the face, and they left after four hours of waiting. It was 1:15 a.m. when Cardi’s official DJ took the stage, and his efforts to reenergize the crowd in advance of the main event were met with even more boos. Turns out the cult of Cardi can be just as brash as she is.

A wave of euphoria engulfed the venue around 1:30 a.m. when she finally emerged and opened her set with “Foreva.” “Bodak Yellow” may be her biggest song, but for these fans, she is no one-hit wonder. She ran through a couple more songs, filling the spaces between with her notoriously brazen sense of humor — how she was sick but still going to “get this money,” and quips such as, “I know we all God’s children, but I think he loves me the most.”

The highlight, of course, came with the opening notes of “Bodak Yellow.” There was no need for her to rap, since everyone knew every lyric, but she did anyway, as confetti fell like it was a New Year’s Eve ball drop. Her set was a brief five songs, and she filled out the rest of the time (another 15 minutes) taking selfies with fans and hanging out onstage, dancing by herself as her DJ played club bangers by the likes of Playboi Carti and Migos.

Remarkably, her loyal admirers continued to stand there and watch, taking photos and recording Snapchat videos. Apparently, when you’re Cardi B, just your presence is more than enough.