Now this is a debut album worth the hype. Cardi B’s glow up over the last 12 months has been nothing short of monumental. Her smash single Bodak Yellow rocketed her to stardom when it peaked at Number 1 in the Billboard charts.
The world waited with baited breath for her album to drop (mostly to judge and pounce if she failed to deliver).
For her first album, someone who was doubted and a former stripper, was told she was going to be a one hit wonder, the former Love and Hip Hop star really proved everyone wrong. Her 15 minutes are about to last much longer.
The 13 track album boasts of features from SZA, Chance The Rapper, YG, Migos, Kehlani and 21 Savage. The Bronx rapper flexes her MC prowess while showcasing her versatility intertwining hiphop, RnB and trap. I Like It featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin also drips of trap salsa vibes and is an homage to her Afro-Caribbean roots.
Get Up 10 is the project’s opener and talk about hell hath no fury. She shuts her haters and she slapped hard; “Where that bitch that was claiming she a threat? / I’ma put a Louboutin where her neck at” she castigates, epitomizing the power of her glo-up perfectly.
Moneybag is a banger that’s about to give us Instagram captions for 2018; Wigs be laid waist snatched ass fat straight facts. Bickenhead is your classic hustler’s anthem that calls for a twerk session while She Bad has some choice shoutouts to other women: “I need Chrissy Teigen / Know a bad b*tch when I see one / Tell RiRi I need a threesome.”
But Cardi gives listeners a look into her more vulnerable side too. She confronts infidelity in Be Careful and then later again in Thru Your Phone, where she namedrops Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
With her debut album, it looks like Cardi is no longer the rap underdog. And judging by the Twitter reactions, fans can’t get enough of the album.
PSA; Throughout the record, there’s no hint at Cardi adopting some sort of enraged, obsessive or crazy animated alter ego, because there’s simply no need for it.
Notable favorites; Get Up 10, Bickenhead, I Like It, Ring, Money Bag, She Bad, I Do
Overall Rating; 7.8/10