Review: Cardi B — Invasion Of Privacy

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 5:30 PM
Review: Cardi B — Invasion Of Privacy by Dakota Palmer

★★★★☆

Currently one of the most popular rap artists, Cardi B, released her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” on April 6. The album features a ton of hot artists like Migos, Chance The Rapper, 21 Savage, Kehlani and SZA — and will most certainly terrify you a little bit.

Many of the tracks relate to either her transformation from stripper to incredibly rich rap artist or her relationship with Migos member, Offset, and his infidelity. Throughout the entire LP, we hear Cardi’s aggressive vocals paired with catchy beats to create a relatively good first album.

Her fun lyrics add a level of charism to her songs, and ultimately her persona. If you’ve never seen an interview with Cardi B, do yourself a favor and watch one now. She has this certain level of spunk and charm that will really make you like her as a person. Her strong Bronx roots are forceful in an adorable way.

The first song on the album, “Get Up 10,” sets the “I have a lot of money” tone. This song is a good emotional way to begin the album, because it really talks about her roots and the choices she’s had to make to be where she is now. Within the first verse she says, “I was covered in dollars, now I’m drippin’ in jewels,” referencing her past as a stripper.

Cardi B has said in multiple interviews that stripping changed her life and gave her an out from the abusive relationship she was in. It helped her earn money to go back to college, even though she dropped out. This is really the redemption song of Cardi B. She’s not afraid to say, “Yes, I was a stripper and that empowered me to be this strong rap artist I am today.”

She ends the song with the inspirational phrase, “Knock me down nine times, but I get up 10.” No matter what she’s been through in her life, she’ll always get back up and be ready for the next move.

“Bodak Yellow” was the first track released in June 2017 and immediately became a huge hit. The whole song uses about three notes for the super simple background beat and uses her vocals to tie together the rest of the song. In this track again, she references her past when she says, “I don’t dance now, I make money moves.” This song is so incredibly catchy that it’s annoying, but when you really listen to the lyrics — you have nothing but respect for Cardi.

Finally, we have the fun song “I Like It,” which samples Pete Rodriguez’s “I Like It Like That.” This cool dance beat makes for a nice jam while Cardi goes on about how she likes million dollar deals, Balenciagas and going to the jeweler. This is one of my favorite songs on the album just because it’s so fun and the remix creates a dance song that sits nicely in the middle of the album.

While we have the fun, feel good, Cardi’s rich songs, we have another aspect of her life which is Offset’s alleged affairs. Offset and Cardi first started dating early last year, and he proposed to her in October (days after they broke up for a short time). A video leaked from Offset’s iCloud account in December shows Offset engaging in sexual relations with — someone other than Cardi??

In March, Cardi was the center of a Cosmopolitan article where she detailed how she felt about the criticism she was receiving for staying with Offset after the rumors of infidelity: “But I want to work s**t out with my man, and I don’t got to explain why. I’m not your property. This is my life.”

Two songs on the album address the rumors and both are full of emotion. First, “Be Careful” has a really great, slow beat that incorporates Cardi singing and rapping. It’s very raw and honest, and truthfully, having two songs on the album about cheating and then one song that FEATURES the musical artist who allegedly cheated on you — that’s a power move.

In the track, she sings, “Be careful with me / Do you know what you doin’? / Whose feelings that you’re hurtin’ and bruisin’ / You gon’ gain the whole world, but is it worth the girl that you’re losing?” Again, very open, very honest, very emotional.

Finally, we have the more terrifying track, “Thru Your Phone.” While “Be Careful” definitely has a theme of “why would you purposefully hurt me?” “Thru Your Phone” has a more violent tone.

The first verse of the track talks about how Cardi is going to call her partner’s mom and tell her that she “raised a b***h” and then hang up. Then, the lyric, “You gon’ turn me into Left Eye,” references Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of the R&B group TLC. In 1994, she burned down then-boyfriend Andre Rison’s house because he had abused her the night before. So, Cardi is threatening to burn the house down.

But it doesn’t stop there. She continues by talking about how she’s going to “make a bowl of cereal with a teaspoon of bleach” and say “bon appetite” as she serves it to you. She concludes the second verse with, “Gettin’ more mad at you / thinkin’ bout stabbin’ you / Don’t even know that you this close to dyin’.”

The chorus is way calmer than the verses, as it basically just says Cardi went through her partner’s phone and didn’t like what she saw.

Basically, do not cheat on Cardi or she’ll feed you bleach and stab you.

I really like the raw honesty in this album, and in the future I want to hear her music branch out more beyond infidelity and being really rich.

 Standout tracks: “Be Careful,” “She Bad” & “I Do.”

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