Rap artist and chart topper, Cardi B just solidified her longevity in the rap game with her debut album Invasion of Privacy. Already hitting Gold the first day of its release this past Friday, the highly-anticipated project turned us all on our asses, and made us shake said asses in the process. Invasion of Privacy may have set its place as one of the best albums of 2018.
After 5x platinum hit “Bodak Yellow” and current hit “Bartier Cardi” ft. 21 Savage (music video out now), audiences thought they had seen everything they needed to see from Cardi, and then she decided to switch it up on us with “Be Careful.” Admittedly, this track was not something I enjoyed off jump (Cardi is a tad off beat and the song is a little short to be a single), but one can argue its cultural significance. Meaning: Cardi B needed this song in order to present her vulnerability to her fans-this was her “See Right Thru Me”, “Here We Go”, “Love is Blind”- her ballad to show another dimension of the Cardi B persona.
As Belcalis gave us hints little by little on what to expect from this project, there weren't direct answers about there being any features from other artists-there was even speculation that there would be no features at all. But by the grace of gawd we were all wonderfully wrong. Stand out tracks include mean bitch anthem “I Do” featuring sultry singer SZA, along with heartbreak ballad “Ring” with Oakland’s finest, Kehlani on the vocals. While “Drip” featuring Migos is in fact a hit, it was nice to see Cardi B work with different artists for a change (in other words: I’m over Migos and Cardi collabs), even artists no one saw her working with, like Chicago artist, Chance the Rapper with their track that speaks of triumph and being successful as hell, “Best Life.” “She Bad” featuring Compton rapper YG and produced by DJ Mustard, gives Cardi B some west coast flavor, while “I Like It” featuring reggaeton artists Bad Bunny and J Balvin, gives us a new spin on a classic hit “I Like it Like That” by Pete Rodriguez-I know both songs will definitely be a must have on party playlists in The Bronx!
Even with all these amazing features, Cardi B still put her whole heart into her solo songs: “Get up 10” is an ode to The Bronx and where Cardi’s been, and her making her mark in Show Biz. “Bickenhead” is a track that stays true to Cardi B’s hypersexual humor all the while giving me some Trina vibes mixed in there. Lastly, “Thru your Phone”, an interesting track where the rapper also sings, and gives us the inside of the dark thoughts of a cheated woman scorned.
So in sum, Invasion of Privacy has:
Killer features from talented artists and amazing production from producers such as Benny Blanco, Murda Beats, and Boi-1da? Check.
Edgy, fun, sexy, and thought provoking lyrics? Check.
And not one, not two, but three whole separate Beyonce shout outs?! Check. After her album drop, it receiving gold, music video drop, SNL performance, and announcing her pregnancy with husband to be Offset, Cardi B is undeniably having the best week ever. As she points out in Invasion of Privacy, now streaming everywhere, Cardi B’s fifteen minutes of fame don’t seem to be running out any time soon.
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