Cardi B
Invasion Of Privacy


3.0
good

Review

by Baronessa USER (10 Reviews)
April 6th, 2018 | 140 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Either a collection of relatively fun party tunes or an album of frustratingly milquetoast messages.

When it comes to hip-hop a lot of the enjoyment comes from the context of where the music comes from, there's a feeling of authenticity hearing 2Pac's histrionics through a slightly sub-par production, after all the genre is all about making a statement about disenfranchisement in the face of constant mistreatment. Conversely, there's certain gratification involved when you hear someone like Lil' Kim spitting an incisive perspective from the other side of the gender, as a lot of horrible things are being described as at the female expense. Similarly, it's interesting to hear Cardi B rapping a message about sexual empowerment on Invasion of Privacy with the vitriol of a '90s gangsta rapper, but through exceedingly porny lyrics and a glitzy production that sounds comfortable to be played around your friends.

Whether it's unapologetic ribaldry on a track like "Bickenhead" or confident sentimentalism on "Be Careful", from the word go it's obvious that Invasion of Privacy thematically is intended as a statement against the unfairly lopsided representation of women in hip-hop. With the attitude of her home neighbourhood of the Bronx and the flow of her influences in Manhattan, Cardi B fuses the old with the new by adopting the unfiltered bars of the '90s and fitting them into a distinctly polished, late '10s production. Considering the context of how both of these eras of sounds came about however, the result here comes off as a bit of a nostalgia act and as an attempt to capture the spirit of a past era, as opposed to a comment on anything new or introspective.

While it is true that "Bodak Yellow" awarded Cardi B the first female rapper spot since Lauryn Hill to be at the top of the Hot 100, and this might paint her as a relatively new material in the scene, considering how literally every track on Invasion of Privacy is either for men or about men it comes off as a bit complacent in comparison to the attitude of the idols she's attempting to imitate. Even though it might be true that this album is a statement in itself about how things haven't changed much in the gangsta world of New York since the '90s, on songs like "Drip" Cardi B comes off less as the boss of the situation and more as the unsavory female described in the songs of men she's fulminating about. Now, that kind of music certainly has its place in the background of an obnoxious party, but in terms of how this album was advertised, don't think for a second it is for any grander cause than Cardi B's own personal gratification.

Even though on the surface it seems like an album that doesn't want you to think about it, there's an unfortunate lack of self-awareness that permeates Invasion of Privacy in a way that sticks out like a sore thumb when you do actually sit down and try to think about it. The best of the best of hip-hop is more often than not comprised of deeply introspective lyrics, as is exemplified by Cardi B's regular reference point 2Pac, and in the song "Best Life" it becomes abundantly clear that she's not so much interested in the legacy of her idols as opposed to the pure street image that she can portray from the comfort of a classy production studio. Considering Cardi B herself is a purported former gang member, if you buy all the huffing and puffing about the 'purpose' of this album, it's a bit of a missed opportunity to be a bit more self-conscious about how she's able to make a record like this in the first place.

For what it's worth, Invasion of Privacy is a fine album in what it succeeds at delivering, Cardi B's nasal but commanding flow fits neatly on every track and the aforementioned clean production is punchy enough to make the album a staple for a party in need of some extra attitude. There is also a statement to ponder for the thoughtful music fan, however it might prove to be a frustrating one as it is perhaps not the statement Cardi B intended, ending up more as material you've heard before attempting to sound like nothing you've heard before. Perhaps it would be a more appealing album if it was more fearless in being cartoonishly smutty, as opposed to an album trying to find a middle road between ridiculous and genuine resulting in being neither satisfyingly, but as it stands it is an album strictly designed for the consumer for some edgier alternative entertainment.



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ianblxdsoe
April 6th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

personally i feel like you might be a bit overanalyzing this, as i think it’s just meant to be a mission statement for Cardi to cement herself into 2018, but yeah this isn’t the most revolutionary album, i just think it’s incredibly fun. fucking phenomenal review though i’ll give you that, pos hard. keep it up i love your writing style, quite astronomically refreshing lol

Baronessa
April 6th 2018


57 Comments


Favourite songs: "Bickenhead", "Be Careful", "Bartier Cardi"
Least favourite songs: "Drip", "She Bad"
I've been on a bit of a hip-hop-venture these past few days and this dropped at the opportune time for me to practice some reviewing of this type of genre.

Get Low
April 6th 2018


4741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well since Nicki Minaj has refused to make an album for four years, Cardi B has officially taken her place.

JeetJeet
April 6th 2018


6323 Comments


Drip goes hard as shit

Digging: Secret Band - LP2

Baronessa
April 6th 2018


57 Comments


@ianblxdsoe I like overanalyzing. :D

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2018


25114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i don't think it's over-analyzation, cardi's become a cultural icon in an astoundingly short amount of time ... i agree it's not a revolutionary album but she's in her own way, a boundary breaking artist in terms of the variety of people that listen to her music

Digging: Remete (AUS) - Into Endless Night

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2018


125 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

“Get Up 10” is the “Dreams and Nightmares Intro” beat switch-up i’ve been waiting for

Digging: These New Puritans - Inside the Rose

LeoAV
April 6th 2018


3 Comments


The album starts like any other of this genre, then it goes up a bit, but then it starts to fall a horrible thing, where it puts those shits of Bad Bunny & J Balvin and then falls further down with that awful sound in "Money Bag", it seems that it will attack your ear and then if it was not enough in "She Bad" if YG did not come, I did not know if it was Snoop Dogg or Big Sean, then already at the middle end it is saved with a simple "ballad", without so much noise and a good collaboration with SZA.

Get Up 10 72
Drip 75
Bickenhead 68
Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) 86
Be Careful 80
Best Life 70
I Like It 35
Ring 38
Money Bag 25
Bartier Cardi 30
She Bad 40
Thru Your Phone 70
I Do 76

Notes: "I Like it": Cardi B great in his part, but Bad Bunny & J Balvin came to shit the song, the rhythm is fine, but the participation of these two creatures of the shabby come out over, are garbage.
"Money Bag": The sound is unbearable, it seems that I am in a video game of the 80's or 90's or 8-bit.

StickFeit
April 7th 2018


1021 Comments


Fuck it, I'm going in.

BAG
April 7th 2018


364 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

flows are derivative, features are NOTHING special, beats are mediocre, bars are (obviously) not there, singles are horrible, yea. this thing was rushed.

DoofusWainwright
April 7th 2018


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

She a Pitchfork darling?

DivergentThinking
April 7th 2018


6227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

bleh

Baronessa
April 7th 2018


57 Comments


I'm not sure if taking more time with material like this would have provided for any more of a satisfying experience.

BlackwaterPork
April 7th 2018


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This sucks so hard

StickFeit
April 7th 2018


1021 Comments


Nah this is great

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2018


8941 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Call it boys, we've got an AOTY

BAG
April 8th 2018


364 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

yea dude

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2018


8941 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

How's it hanging torts, good jams for ya this year?

ONEPUNCHMAN
April 8th 2018


398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I second JeetJeet on Drip, absolute banger for sure.



It’s not bad, but I do think the hard hitters outshine all of the ok tracks.

Baronessa
April 8th 2018


57 Comments


I don't absolutely loathe "Drip" to be fair, the album is pretty consistent in its definitive 'okayness'.



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