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"Invasion of Privacy" Cardi B

by Christopher Suarez - Copy Editor
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 08:00 pm

Cardi B has taken not only the rap industry by storm, but the entertainment industry as well. From Instagram to the Grammy’s, the Dominican rapper from the Bronx is loved and equally criticized. Being a former stripper, she is always being called derogatory names, no matter how famous she gets. Despite criticism for her stripper past, crooked teeth and her unfiltered vocabulary, she never stopped reaching for her dream.

Cardi B first started making a name for herself through Instagram, posting funny videos and speaking about everyday issues. Her Instagram fame eventually got her a job in season 8 of “Love and Hip-Hop New York.” 

With the help of the reality show, her rap career took off. In 2016, she dropped her debut mixtape “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol 1.” Notable songs on the mixtape included “Foreva” and “On Fleek.” Even though the production was good, it did not receive the same recognition as her second mixtape, “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol 2.” Volume 2, released on January 20,  featured hit songs such as “Lick,” featuring Migos member Offset. The mixtape also included songs like “Pull up” and “Bronx Season.” That same day, Cardi B dropped the song that made her famous: “Bodak Yellow.” The song took off and was played in clubs, sports venues, weddings — you name it. The song became the anthem for many during the summer of 2017.

With all the fame and publicity the rapper has gotten, she never forgot to keep working. On April 6, she released her first studio album and her biggest project yet — “Invasion of Privacy.” The long-awaited album features 13 songs, and was worth the wait.  

The album starts with, in my opinion, her best song. “Get up 10” sets the tone for the rest of the album with a climactic beat and confident rhymes. Starting with the bar “Look they gave a b**** two options, stripping or lose,” the line captures the audience as she speaks directly to her critics. Her stripping background has always been something she never shied away from, and with this bar, she made it clear to her haters that she had to do what was best for her. Throughout the song, she touched on every criticism she receives and explains why. The song proved to the audience that she listens to what everybody says, but she is just trying to be herself and accomplish her goals. 

Other notable songs include “Drip,” “Bickenhead” and “Ring,” featuring Kehlani. The song that stood out to me the most was “I Like It,” featuring Latin trap artist Bad Bunny and Colombian singer J Balvin. The song starts with a sample of “I Like It Like That” by Tito Nieves and then mixes a trap sound into it. The addition of Bad Bunny and J Balvin gives it an amazing mix of English and Spanish trap. 

Overall, this album is way better than I expected. Her past few albums were mostly hard-hitting trap sounds with little to no real bars. But in this album, she mixes different sounds and seemed comfortable in every single one of them.