“I said I never had a problem showing y'all the real me
Hair when it's fucked up, crib when it's filthy
Way-before-the-deal me, strip-to-pay-the-bills me
'Fore I fixed my teeth, man, those comments used to kill me
But never did I change, never been ashamed
Never did I switch, story stayed the same
I did this on my own, I made this a lane
Y'all gotta bare with me, I been through some things
Went from small-ass apartments to walking red carpets
Pissy elevators, now every dress is tailored
This some real-life fairy tale Binderella shit
I got further than them hoes said I will ever get
And that only goes to show that only God knows
I took pictures with Beyoncé, I met Mama Knowles
I'm the rose that came from the concrete in the Rolls
I'm like gold, I'm like goals, man, I chose and I'm floating, ayy”
Y’all, Cardi B came the fuck through with this album. I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical at first, but this album goes hard. Invasion of Privacy shows how versatile Cardi B can be with her music, lyricism and vibe. I’m kind of surprised, I thought she would have a lot of features, but it’s a good balance and you’re able to hear her improvements with her rapping and singing. Her features include, Migos (of course), Chance the Rapper, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Kehlani, 21 Savage, Ali Tamposi and our homegirl, SZA!
The tracks that really stood out to me are Get up 10; What I like about this track is that Cardi is just being honest about how she got her fame, she’s never been one to be ashamed of her past and she knew she was worthy of more than just strippin and making sandwiches to make ends meet. She learned how to make her own lane and to keep going. Not to mention the instrumentals and beats go hard on this one too. Bickenhead; her own rendition of “chickenhead” where she’s very sex positive and is basically telling bitches, they need to get some money and instead of this niggas tryna use them, make sure they are getting what they want and need. I know Cardi gets a lot of backlash because she’s always telling women to make sure to get money from these dudes, but she also talks about making her own money as well. Honestly, it’s just another double standard where men can rap about getting money from their hoes and moving on to the next, and people don’t say shit. If anything, Cardi is keeping shit 100.
Be Careful; I love this song because I love that Cardi is trying to sing even though she’s not a singer, she’s a rapper. But I love that she’s showing a vulnerable side. Hard bitches have weakness too. Sometimes when were not looking, a fuck boy will come and try to turn our worlds upside down. Best Life; this track features our homie, Chance the Rapper. What I like about this track is the fact that Cardi brings up the fact that when she first started gaining fame, the media was coming at her and calling her problematic (another double standard) I don’t think Cardi is problematic. I think it’s easier to come at a woman of colour that’s had to work and do grimy shit to get where she is, but that’s life. And Cardi never said her life was easy or simple. She worked hard to get where she is now. Ring ft. Kehlani; this track reminds me of Hot Line Bling, just in the stance of having someone and then slowly losing touch with each other and playing games. Kehlani and Cardi collaboration is on point, and they complement each other well. My favorite lyric is “Cause a nigga only going through what you allow” that shit is too true. Money Bag; this is def more of a trap track where Cardi raps about all the money she got and how she’s making all these other hoes think twice. I will say the beat is dope and my favorite lyric is “How you gon’ suck yo man dick with my name in yo mouth” that shit had me rollin.
Thru your phone; another soft track that talks on infidelity, I love the instrumentals on this track and Cardi’s soft voice while she talking mad shit. The first verse right away goes hard and will relate to any women who’s had to deal with a fuck boy that’s been testing their patience. The chorus features Ali Tamposi, who’s angelic voice goes so well with the beat and complements Cardi’s rapping style. Finally, I Do featuring SZA. This track is tight as fuck, I just love the beat and Cardi’s style. She’s letting everyone know not to underestimate her. “My little 15 minutes lasted long as hell, huh?” Cardi expresses how she’s a boss bitch, that does what she wants to do, if she leaves your ass on read, that’s that. SZA mostly stays on chorus, I would have personally like for her to have a whole verse, but I do admire the balance of this album. Cardi is showing that she can do it all or at least attempt. This bitch can sing and rap in Spanish and English! She’s also willing to show that she might be a tough bitch but like everyone else, she can also love and sometimes that doesn’t end well. Overall, don’t fall asleep on Invasion of Privacy but most importantly, don’t sleep on Cardi B, because she ain’t stoppin’ no time soon.
Words by Tesia Pennie // @Childish_fun