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Through perfect hooks and character-filled inflection, unsung and up-and-coming rap superstar Cardi B is sensational. Most famed for taking the world by storm with her record breaking single “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi’s new phenomenal full-length album dropped April 6th. This Bronx native internet star seems to compete against herself, topping each previous hit she produces, reminding the neigh-sayers just what she’s capable of.
This album is a direct response to those who say she can’t succeed, who say her triumph thus far is a stroke of luck. Through this equally emotionally gritty and boldly blunt collection, Cardi B successfully dismantles any preconceived notions that she is not only above adequate, she’s one of the best.
Not only does she take the initiative to experiment with different styles, she also has the talent to follow through with creative ideas. The proof is everywhere, from boogaloo classic “I Like It Like That” turned latin trap rager with bad boys Bad Bunny and J Balvin to “Thru Your Phone” with its incredibly gentle hook.
“Bodak Yellow” is essentially a classic by now. Allowing Cardi to be the second woman in rap history to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on a solo effort, this progressive banger violently crescendos in intensity with each mantra of chorus. It’s goes so hard.
In another soon to be classic, “Best Life” featuring Chance the Rapper, Cardi again address the controversies that plagued the earlier portion of her career. This song brings a smile to one’s face and a pep to one’s step as Cardi B reflects on her past and her carefree present, remixing Tupac’s iconic poem “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” in the process.
It’s clear that talent shines through in each of Cardi’s songs with lyrically clever verses and beats that don’t quit. As she develops her platinum repertoire, Cardi B always remains true to who she is and where she came from.
Born and raised in the South Bronx, Cardi has experience with the hard knocks of living surrounded by gangs and poverty. This rapper became an internet personality through social media where she drew attention by discussing her career as a stripper with a “no filter attitude,” noting that stripping had a positive effect on her life. “It really saved me from a lot of things. When I started stripping I went back to school,” said Cardi B in an interview for Vlad TV.
Armed with this experience, Cardi B uses her life to break stigmas about what a woman should be and act like.
Although looking to any sort of entertaining celebrity for political commentary can result in disappointment (cough cough Kayne cough cough), Cardi B presents a very different mantra on feminism, sexuality, and rap that resonates with many. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the of 2018, Cardi B inspires with her immense dedication, drive, and lust for her “Best Life.”
Like she references in her opener, Cardi B isn’t here to back down or act humbly about her talent, she’s thriving out of spite. Recalling how before the fame and the money, she was just a stripper from the Bronx who spoke her mind, Cardi effortlessly trumps all that challenge her. “She exceeds her hype and does so casually.” said Sheldon Pearce, a writer for Pitchfork.
As “Invasion of Privacy” sails into the number one spot on Billboard top 200 albums list, the evidence is there. It’s time that people think twice before they cross Cardi B, because they might end up with the heel of a Louis Vuitton stiletto in their neck. In the words of Tupac “Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.” Congratulations Cardi B, to many more victories.