Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ is an explosive ballad of love, success


Cardi B

Alex Novak

Cardi B is arguably one of the hottest new acts in the rap and game. She has come a long way since releasing her debut single “Bodak Yellow.”

Now the young music sensation is bringing fans her highly-anticipated studio album “Invasion of Privacy.”

The beats, while similar in nature, contain quite a few highlights. Lyrically, however, she seems to be showcasing her versatility of subject matter —addressing all of her haters that a pop star is to expect nowadays, as well as confronting the hard subjects of fame and love along the way.

“Cardi B on the charts, ain’t expect that,” she raps on the opening track, opening up about her rags to riches rise and dispelling the blurred logic of her many haters.

“Bickenhead” is one of the best beats on the whole album, featuring a consistent synthesizer theme as she sings a message of how she achieves her own success.

The most entertaining song is definitely the Latin American-themed “I Like It.” It feels like you’ve been invited to a party featuring a spanish rap appearance from Bad Bunny.

Also included on the album are Cardi’s two career hits “Bodak Yellow,” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and “Bartier Cardi,” which has peaked at number 14 so far.

The other main theme of this album is vulnerability, which she illustrates in addressing a past love that ended on bad terms, but is at the same time conflicting those feelings of regret with her attempts to move on in songs like “Ring” and “Be Careful.”

“And karma for you is gon’ be who you end up with,” she raps on “Be Careful” which is sure to be another hot track for her fans to sing out loud at the top of their lungs alongside her in concert or with their friends on a night out.

“Thru Your Phone,” a song about a female going through the contents of her unknowing boyfriend and finding out he cheated on her, displays the personal side of the album.

Love has the danger that can cut someone up inside and make their heart feel like it stopped beating inside, and Cardi wears those scars on her sleeve taking the artistry of the song and her record as a whole to a more relatable area.

The album’s best track is likely to be “Best Life,” aside from the previous successful tracks so far, featuring Chance the Rapper.

“I’m living my best life. Made a couple M’s with my best friends, turned all my L’s into lessons,” sings Chance on the chorus.

The album develops into a promotion of self love for her and her circle, and all her listeners alike.

She has been through some things for sure, but she is aware of who she is and makes it clear on the closing song, “I Do” featuring SZA, that she’ll keep doing what she’s doing: what she wants to.

Alex Novak is an entertainment reviewer. Contact him at [email protected].