Long Overdue: Cardi B’s “Invasion Of Privacy”

Now when Cardi B first decided to retire her part on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, I doubted she would be able to secure the longevity of a rap career. She clearly proved everyone wrong with the breakout hit “Bodak Yellow,’ which came from only her second mix tape. Then “Bartier Carti” came. A 21 Savage assisted low tempo groove, “Bartier Cardi,” shares a glamour never before seen from the Bronx MC. With big, blonde hair and large fur ensembles she cemented the trajectory of her career from a “regular degular stripper” to one of Hip-Hop’s most notorious rhymers.

Now we have the long awaited debut album, everyone was waiting for with “Invasion Of Privacy.” From the first track “Get Up 10,”a boisterous anthem of Cardi’s endurance to the SZA- assisted “I Do,” Cardi finds stability as an original, Bronx diva who is capable of taking influence from different genres and applying it to her sound.

Though her tracklist is only 13 songs, every song packs a punch of Cardi’s larger than life sensibility. “Bickenhead,” which pays homage to Project Pat’s “Chickenhead,” is easily a party jam, with a reworked (and may I say addicting) hook. “She Bad,” a complimentary and lavishly execution of bragodoccio from both Cardi and YG, is an undeniable jam for any strip club. Then there’s “Ring.” The eighth track on ‘IOP’ shows a vulnerable side of the New York rapper, yet Cardi doesn’t back down with a few blunt force lines- a great juxtaposition to Kehlani’s buttery chorus.

“Invasion Of Privacy,” is filled with Cardi B’s genuine, entertaining bars that never loses its vitality. This album encapsulated everything we wanted from Bronx’s favorite celebrity.

 

 

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