cardi bCardi B's debut album Invasion of Privacy is finally here. The record includes the singles "Bodak Yellow," "Bartier Cardi," "Be Careful," and "Drip." It also has a number of surprise features from SZA, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and YG alongside previously released collabs with Migos and 21 Savage.

The album is built around Cardi’s rags-to-riches story and her desire to shut down any one-hit wonder talk with braggadocious cuts like the Project Pat-sampling “Bickenhead,” “Money Bag” and the Migos-assisted “Drip.” If there’s one thing Cardi has mastered in the past year, it’s the ability to align herself with the crème de la crème of music. From hip-hop to Latin’s top-tier acts, an impressive array of stars come out to play on Invasion of Privacy.

Bardi recruits Chance the Rapper for “Best Life” -- a finger-snapping earworm beefed up with thick drums and a breezy backing piano; she salutes her Trinidadian and Dominican roots on “I Like,” which reworks Pete Rodriguez’s classic “I Like It Like That” into a booming trap-inflected banger, with a little Latin flavor peppered in by reggaeton royalty Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

But on the Kehlani-assisted “Ring,” the rapper peels back her tough persona to get a bit emotional as she grapples with a lover who’s seemingly uninterested in their relationship. Her sadness only lasts for a moment, though, as she bosses back up on “She Back” featuring YG and shouts out Chrissy Teigen and Rihanna.

And then Cardi sings -- yes, sings, but not the rap-sing flow she employed for “Be Careful.” On “Thru Your Phone,” Cardi teams up with Ali Tamposi for a duet about a failing romance which finds Tamposi’s honeyed warble blending seamlessly with Cardi’s smooth vocals on the chorus.

The album is punctuated by “I Do,” powered by a catchy hook from SZA as Cardi reminds her detractors she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. “They said by now that I'll be finished, hard to tell/My little 15 minutes lasted long as hell, huh?” she scoffs.

In just one year, Cardi evolved from reality breakout star to an indomitable force in hip-hop with an unmistakable flow and energy that has pushed her to the frontline of the genre. If Invasion of Privacy proves anything, it’s that Cardi B is no longer the underdog.



Muthoni2018Dubbed “Criminal”, is inspired by the real-life story of the widow of one of Kenya’s most wanted criminal Simon Matheri.

As you might be aware, the hardened criminal was shot and killed in Athi River in 2007 aged 30. Matheri was wanted in connection with at least 18 murders, including a leading Aids researcher and the wife of a US embassy official.

And as his dramatic capture by undercover detectives played out on TV, it became apparent that his young widow, Felista Wanjiru, was only finding out at that moment that her husband was Kenya’s most wanted criminal.

This premise is what has inspired MDQ’s fifth single in line with “SHE’s” quest to answer the question of what it’s like to be a woman in modern Kenya.

Muthoni, who watched the story unfold on TV, said: “I never forgot how shocked and lost Materi’s widow looked.

“What a cruel way to find out your whole life has been a lie. To have your husband literally shot dead by the police at the doorstep of your home must have been too much to bear. And what happens to her after that? How does she carry on? How does she live in that community anymore? I carry her in my thoughts and send her healing vibe as often as I can.”

“Criminal” is co-written by Muthoni and Fena Gitu.


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