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When Cardi B announced that her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, will be dropping Apr.6, skeptical was one of the first things I felt. This is coming from someone who watched Cardi tell her story on Love and Hip Hop: New York about the hardships of growing up in the Bronx, becoming a stripper and trying to pursue a professional music career. I questioned whether she would successfully create a solid body of work as a ‘fairly new’ artist. Luckily, the Bronx rapper turned skepticism into certainty.
The album runs for 48 minutes and has a total of thirteen songs. Credits for this LP range from Southside, Cassius Jay, Keyzbaby & Ayo The Producer, J. White Did It, Frank Dukes, Boi-1da, Vinylz, BADBADNOTGOOD, DJ Dahi &Stwo, Tainy, Craig Scribz, Needlz, Donut, 30 Roc & Cheeze Beatz, DJ Official, DJ Mustard, watt & Benny Blanco, CuBeatz and Murda Beatz. SZA, J.Balvin, Migos, 21 Savage, YG, Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, and Bad Bunny assist the “No Limit” artist on seven of her tracks.
Let’s be honest, hearing Cardi’s story, it’s easy to want to cheer for her. With an intro like, “Get Up 10,” Cardi proves exactly why she deserves the praise. She explains how she overcame her struggles on an engrossing beat. The track gives listeners insight into the lessons and vibe that the album will give. The best songs are “Best Life (feat. Chance The Rapper),” “I Like It (Bad Bunny and J.Balvin),” “She Bad (feat. YG),” Ring (feat. Kehlani),” “Bodak Yellow,” and “Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage).”
However, that seems to be one of the biggest issues. Her best tracks are the ones that feature help from other artists. An example of a featureless track is “Money Bag.” “Money Bag” has potential, but due to the fact that Cardi isn’t the greatest lyricist, regardless of how great the beat is, it’s clear that there’s some type of struggle.
The mother-to-be owns a couple of featureless songs that aren’t a complete disaster. “Be Careful,” a Lauryn Hill sampled song, is an example of this. It’s amazing to know that the Atlantic Records signee thought about her Hispanic community when she teamed up with Puerto-Rican artist J Balvin for “I Like It.”
Invasion of Privacy became RIAA certified gold only a few hours after it’s debut. According to Billboard, “Bodak Yellow” plays a major role in the reason. They said, “As previously reported, “Bodak Yellow” was certified 5x multi-platinum in Sept 2017. That being so, the Chart Data states that 10 track units are the equivalent of one album sale, which means that her No. 1 single, which is on her album, has already sold 500,000 units, making it Gold status.”
Overall, the album gets a solid 7.5/10. The debut shows that Cardi has grown as an artist and has more improvement to do for her sophomore album. Cardi’s story is that an individual is able to defeat a difficult situation and win. Regardless if you own red bottoms or “bloody shoes,” the feeling of winning is universal.