From what began as a hit Vine,  Cardi B has become one of the biggest breakout stars of 2017. She scored massive stardom with her single ‘Bodak Yellow’. That single happened to also be the lead single for her debut album, titled ‘Invasion Of Privacy’. The album dropped last week, and quickly has been widely accepted. The album is projected to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 with around 40,000 pure units, and almost 200,000 SPS. So, the question bares, is this album worth the hype? Let’s see.

For the majority of 2017, one genre I wasn’t able to understand was the trap scene. Trap was everywhere, on the charts, on the radio, everywhere. Mainly a male dominated genre, one song that stood out to me was none other than the lead single for this album, ‘Bodak Yellow’. This song went from nothing to something so fast. Deservedly so, this is one of the best tracks on the record. The song doesn’t sound dated, and it still sounds fresh, and Cardi shows her talent off as a rapper.

But, the lead is just the beginning of what this album has to offer. This album has very different notes each time. From the very vulgar lyrics of ‘Bickenhead’, we transition to to the latin banger, ‘I Like It’. For being a rap album, this album houses a lot of variety. Aside from the production, we see the two very different sides of Cardi. From ‘Drip’ we see her very confident herself, boasting about her wealth, aside featured group Migos. But, we see a more vulnerable side of Cardi as she raps “Yeah, my heart is like a package with a fragile label on it / Be careful with me” on ‘Be Careful’ as well as on ‘Thru Your Phone’, where she even states the album title.

One of my favorites from the record  is easily ‘Money Bag’, Cardi’s flow is great, and it has very simple production to compliment it. The track is catchy, and could even be a potential single. Another favorite is the collaboration with R&B star SZA on their track ‘I Do’. It ends the album on a great note, where Cardi shows off how far she has come, with SZA’s great addition to the track.

All in all, this record was done quite well conceptually and executed very well for a debut rap record. For a record where I went in expecting almost nothing, there were a few tracks that turned it around for me. The variety in styles, and Cardi’s infectious flow make for a great rap album. This confident and very honest debut is very Cardi’s brand, and fits her very well.

Essentials: Bodak Yellow, Money Bag, I Do

7.4 out of 10 stars (7.4 / 10)