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.

Last modified on April 09 2018


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