Cardi B is a winner regardless of how Invasion of Privacy even sounds. I would still love her even if it was just construction noise, and that’s a hard feat to pull off. When “Bodak Yellow” hit, I remembering saying that she would never have another hit, and she proved me wrong, more than once. She proved me wrong so many times, that I now call myself a proud Cardi B fan, and the funniest part of it all is that it’s only 50% because of her music.
The magic of Cardi B isn’t that she makes music. In fact, she doesn’t have to make music at all. It helps that “Bodak Yellow” bumps, and that her remix of Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” was crazy fun, but no one is out here saying that Cardi is the future of rap music. Her debut record Invasion of Privacy is just okay. It’s decent, and that’s okay, because Cardi is amazing just for being herself.
She says whatever she wants, she always looks like she’s having the time of her life, and despite sometimes sounding almost as incoherent as Desiigner, I’m totally into her replacing Jimmy Fallon as the host of the Tonight Show (okay, she doesn’t have to replace him, even though watching her emasculate him by taking his chair was everything, but she should get her own late night show).
Cardi has built her career around just being really likable, and somehow she’s broken records and set so many firsts because of it: first female rapper to sit at No. 1 on the Billboard chart in over 20 years, first female to co-host a late night talk show, hell, she’s the first female rapper to even truly rival Nicki Minaj for Queen of Rap since Nicki’s verse on “Monster” eight years ago and it wasn’t even because of a pre-existing beef like Remy Ma last year.
Invasion of Privacy is a fun time, and her verses on the final track “I Do (feat. SZA)” might even contend for Verse of the Month, but Cardi’s personality and character are why we love her, not just because of her music. It helps that she broke past one-hit wonder to have a true “Best of” EP’s worth of amazing songs, but when it all comes down to it, Invasion of Privacy is just decent, and that’s okay. It doesn’t take anything away from how great Cardi B is, and that’s truly all that matters.
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