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The Hit List: Cardi B – ‘Invasion of Privacy’

Invasion of Privacy, the highly debut album from Cardi B, has arrived. But does it live up to the hype?

Before unpacking the album, which is set to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week, let’s recap. The 25-year-old went from being a “regular-degular” stripper from The Bronx to a gif-worthy sensation on Love & Hip Hop New York to making history and collecting platinum plaques. It’s a trajectory no one saw coming.

Cardi silences all critics and trolls with Invasion of Privacy.

No one could have predicted the storm her debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” would create when it dropped in June 2017. The song capitulated Cardi into pop’s mainstream, and the rest is history. “Bodak Yellow” topped the Hot 100 for three weeks, making Cardi the fifth female rapper to lead the weekly chart, and the first to do so with a solo track since Lauryn Hill in 1998 with “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The song also earned  two Grammy nominations.

Chart success aside, the pressure was on for the rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, to prove she was more than a one-hit wonder. Thankfully, Cardi silences all critics and trolls with Invasion of Privacy.

Understanding her core audience and playing to their sensibilities, Cardi B created an album specifically made for the short attention spans of the social media-savvy, streaming generation. Clocking in just over 48-minutes, Privacy is free of filler, and an easy argument can be made for any of the previously unreleased tracks to become the next single. Even when collaborating with the likes of Chance The Rapper (“Best Life”), SZA (“I Do”), Migos (“Drip”), Kehlani (“Ring”), and J Balvin and Bad Bunny (“I Like It”), Cardi remains the star. It’s her party; these are her plus-ones.

Invasion of Privacy shatters any preconceived notions about the Grammy-nominated rapper, who revealed she’s pregnant on Saturday Night Live (April 7). From making hits to standing side-by-side superstars and not appearing out of place, Cardi B has defied expectations and delivered the first must-hear album of 2018. So, what’s next? Who knows, but world will be watching.

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