Written by: Nina Lakhiani
FIRE. JUST FIRE. Cardi B. has been dominating the charts ever since the release of her 2017 smash hit “Bodak Yellow.” She’s been keeping her fans on edge in anticipation of her debut album Invasion of Privacy, which dropped April 6th.
What makes this album so good is the fact that everything she raps about is real – her journey, experiences, and struggles while embracing the much-deserved life she now has.
The 13 track album is nothing short of straight-up bangers. We decided to pick our favorite tracks to review, but let me tell you that narrowing them down was certainly not an easy pick.
The opening track “Get Up 10,” just set the bar extremely high for the rest of the songs. Cardi discusses her uprising in the industry and her transformation from “rags to riches.”
She stripped down (no pun intended) heavy production and kept it simple with airy piano chords and distant sirens while spitting out bars with forceful energy. Hitting the halfway mark will really get your head boppin’ as a series of beats come together giving it a true hip-hop feel.
Ain’t no bitches spittin’ like this since ’08
“Drip” featuring the Migos is hands down one of the most lit tracks on here. It’s such a classic Migos sound that it almost feels like Cardi B is the one being featured! If you couldn’t tell, they mostly rap about their success and drippin’ in Jewels.
“Bodak Yellow” – the iconic song that really got the BardiGang going. If this track doesn’t make you feel like the bad bitch you are, then we don’t know what will. Sure it talks about her past stripper lifestyle and where she’s at now, but it’s motivating as hell. Girls, get up and hustle and make those “money moves” whatever they may be.
“Best Life,” featuring Chance The Rapper showcases Cardi’s only interest is herself, meaning she’s only doing her, being herself and livin’ her best life. Once again, she kills the lyric game, but I wasn’t feeling Chance’s part, just wasn’t hitting where we wanted it to. She raps about people trying to bring her down, but it won’t stop her from being Cardi.
I said I never had a problem showin’ y’all the real me
Hair when it’s fucked up, crib when it’s filthy
Way-before-the-deal me, strip-to-pay-the-bills me
‘Fore I fixed my teeth, man, those comments used to kill me
“Bartier Cardi” featuring 21 Savage is another heated track that has already created a stir in the charts. It’s one of those tracks that just makes you feel like you’re on top, and who doesn’t like that? It’s got the rhythm, bars, beats, and Bardi, frankly, that’s all I need.
As much as I love and admire Cardi B as an artist and inspiration, not all of her tracks deserve the same praise. The lesser tracks that didn’t really grasp our attention have to go to “I Like It” featuring Latin influencers Bad Bunny and J Balvin. It feels quite misplaced in an album such as this, and the track itself isn’t all that great. “Thru Your Phone” has a catchy chorus, but that’s about it. “I Do” doesn’t do justice for a closing album track, It’s only okay. It just repeats everything she’s already rapped about.
Nonetheless, Cardi B has made an incredible debut album and she’s certainly proved that she’s here to stay.