Cardi B's debut album, Invasion of Privacy, was released on April 6. Ever since her 5x platinum single "Bodak Yellow" or for the real ones since Gangsta Bitch Vol. 1, the anticipation from fans has been skyrocketing.
But, Cardi was waiting for this release more than her fans. This debut is the moment she's been waiting for to prove herself as an artist and finally silence her haters. "My little 15 minutes lasted long as hell, huh?"
The star studded list of features include Migos, Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, SZA, YG, 21 Savage, Bad Bunny and J Balvin.
Z's Top 3 Tracks
"Get Up 10"
"I waited my whole life just to sh*t on n*ggas/ Climbed to the top floor so I can spit on n*ggas"
The intro sets the tone for the album that whether or not you're a fan of hers, you will continue to see her rise above all the hate because she's fought for this moment and earned it. Cardi has always been a fighter and you can hear her resilience in every bar.
People have called the track the female version of Meek Mill's "Dreams and Nightmares" and I couldn't agree more. This record isn't just for Cardi, but it's for all women out there that are making a way for themselves and chasing their dreams by any means.
"Goes for all my nasty hoes, yeah, from across the globe, woo"
The opening line was a reminder of who's album that we're listening to: the outspoken and wild Cardi we all know and love. Every girl deserves to feel like a bad bitch and with "Bickenhead", Cardi adds another solidified anthem to our list.
The sample of Project Pat's "Chickenhead" is simply genius and brings back the essence and grit of rap music from the early 2000s. This is the track that needs to be blasted from cars and in the club throughout the summer. We need a video, Cardi!
"Ring" is a ballad where we see Cardi being open and vulnerable because she's a hopeless romantic at heart. Kehlani was the perfect feature being that she's gifted with delivering emotion through her lyrics.
Invasion of Privacy stayed true to its double meaning and let listeners in through her music to see all the sides of the girl from The Bronx. From her Afro-Latina roots on her personal spin of the classic "I Like It Like That" on "I Like It". And, that not only can she rap, but she sings with raw emotion on "Be Careful" and "Thru Your Phone".
With her debut, Cardi represents for all the women that have been told they're "too loud" and "ratchet" that they don't have to change who they are in order to win. The fans grew, her pen game and flow stepped up, but her energy has never changed and that's what will keep her running in the game.