Review of Cardi B's 'Invasion Of Privacy' album
I am so excited to write this review, since this album dropped a week ago, it has been on repeat for me. Cardi's rags-to-riches story is one of my favourites. The Bronx-born MC transformed from a stripper before landing on reality TV, where she soaked up the spotlight and opportunity as an aspiring artist. After dropping two mixtapes, she broke out with the world-conquering 'Bodak Yellow'.
'Invasion of Privacy' is upfront, emphatic, outspoken, brazen yet vulnerable. We get an immersive experience into her world. It is a self assured and biting debut, and I can't wait to break down some of my favourite tracks for you all.
Get Up 10 -
A confident opening to this album, this song describes Cardi's come up in the rap scene and also her rags to riches story. /Look, they gave a bitch two options: strippin' or lose/ is the opening line of the track, and sets the tone for the next 3 minutes 51 seconds. She goes on to spit /Went from makin' tuna sandwiches to makin' the news/I started speakin' my mind and tripled my views/. Cardi B's rants and tweets have also made her as famous as well, because she just keeps it so real. The production on this track is so smooth, it allows a perfect backdrop for Cardi to spray her bars, honestly and giving her the perfect introduction of what to expect from this debut album.
Drip ft Migos -
I've been vibing to this track for a few weeks now, as it was one of the first singles to be unveiled ahead of her new project. With a fast tempo beat and Cardi’s customary unapologetic lyrics, this track has had everyone going crazy. On 'Drip' Cardi and Migos rap about their success as well as the doubts and hate people have towards them and show them why and how they got to the place they are. Drip” is Cardi B & Migos' second collaboration after 2017’s 'Motorsport'.
Bodak Yellow -
This track was released last June by Atlantic Records as her debut single on a major record label and the lead single from her debut studio album. The song was influenced by and interpolates the flow of American rapper Kodak Black’s song 'No Flockin' It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, making Cardi B the fifth female rapper to ever lead the chart, and the second to do so with a solo song, following Lauryn Hill's success in 1998. It won Single of the Year at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards. It was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 60th Grammy Awards. I was lucky enough to see this live at the Spotify Who We Be event last November, she gave such a good performance, she has so much energy. Watch the video above now!
Be Careful -
This was an initial favourite of mine and still is to be honest. 'Be Careful' serves as a public warning to a partner that she will not stick around if he continues to sleep with other women. She explains that a man being unfaithful can make a woman question themselves and their worth /You even got me trippin', you got me lookin' in the mirror different/Thinkin' I'm flawed because you inconsistent/.
She Bad ft YG -
I love this collab, Cardi shows us once again why she isn’t just a one hit wonder and spits about lots of interesting subjects, mostly focusing on how people are drawn to her. I just love her outrageous lyrics, and with this song particularly the lines /I need Chrissy Teigen/Know a bad bitch when I see one/Tell Rih-Rih I need a threesome/.
Thru Your Phone -
Another one of my favourites 'Thru Your Phone' addresses infidelity and trust. Since Cardi B's engagement to Offset in late 2017, he has been plagued with cheating rumours so this has been a common theme throughout the album. I actually think the hook of this song is what made me like it so much, it's really catchy and quite haunting /My heart is beating like it's bleeding out/You sleepin', you sleepin', you sleepin'/You sleeping like a baby/Everyone was right about you now, and/You creepin', you creepin', you creepin'/I went through your phone last night/I went through your phone last night/Saw some things I didn't like/I went through your phone last night/It's killin' me, killin' me, killin' me, oh/.
I Do ft Sza -
This was a collaboration I didn't even realise I needed in my life until I heard it. It defines female empowerment and I am here for it. It is the final track on Cardi’s debut album and features a catchy hook by new collaborator SZA. The beat comes courtesy of Murda Beatz, a frequent collaborator of both Migos and Cardi herself. The song is all about doing what you want, because you feel like it. Both Cardi and SZA flaunt their designer clothing, racks of cash, reiterating that they have done this by themselves, and with no help of a man. I love the first verse from Cardi /Now I'm a boss, I write my own name on the checks/ and in the second verse when she spits /Look, broke hoes do what they can/Good girls do what they told (told)/Bad bitches do what they want (they want)/. This track is so fiery and everything you want from this collaboration, and it is also just so catchy!
Make sure you all go and listen to this album now, it has already landed at number 1 on Billboard 100 album chart, and she is absolutely killing Apple Music records with over a 100 million streams within the first week. Go and see what the fuss is about, and let me know your favourite tracks!