We’re currently living in a bizarro world where everyone with a smartphone is a keyboard warrior aligning the universe with their enlightened ideas. So a large chunk of hip-hop fans felt it was fitting to come for Cardi B with negative “Invasion of Privacy” reviews.
“Cardi repeats the same words over and over again, hella features, flows off the same refurbished SoundCloud beats. Trash. But hey, y’all call trash ‘hip hop’ these days as long as they give you an IG caption. Get your money girl while folks are buying garbage,” wrote one critic of Bardi’s staccato flow laced over hard, icy beats.
Cardi repeats the same words over and over again, hella features, flows off the same refurbished SoundCloud beats. Trash. But hey, y'all call trash "hip hop" these days as long as they give you an IG caption. Get your money girl while folks are buying garbage #InvasionOfPrivacy pic.twitter.com/EQI3qXhAEE
— Kree (@AriesKree) April 6, 2018
These negative “Invasion of Privacy” reviews have got it all wrong.
Critics crawling out of the gutter to hate on everything from Cardi B’s come-up to her “Bodak Yellow” turn-up anthem of 2017: Step back and pull the Queen of New York’s name out of your trash-talking mouths. And for those saying that she’s not moving the culture forward by perpetuating harmful stereotypes? Bardi has never been anything but herself. Because she’s living under the guiding light of her claim that while she is ghetto, she certainly ain’t dumb.
Cardi B boasts a brash, loudmouthed persona that meshes perfectly with her aggro-rap bars. But Bardi has also spoken about her role between the generation of SoundCloud rappers and the socially conscious lyricists of the ’80s and ’90s.
“A bitch like me, it might not work out for me, so I’m going to stick to trapping,” Bardi told Rolling Stone about dipping into the ultra-woke territory of J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.
“This generation loves to get high. They love to be on drugs. This is why they on that shit: They don’t want to think about what you’re saying,” she added.
So for those hoping that Cardi B will fade into anonymity? Or that she’ll be a one-hit wonder after clubs across the world stop bumping “Bodak Yellow”? Seems like you’re out of luck. Because “Invasion of Privacy” is certified proof that Queen Bardi can snap on wax 13 tracks deep without taking a loss.
Every song on #InvasionOfPrivacy is a bop and a vibe. You can't even lie and say the album is trash. Cardi did her thing and gave a solid debut. She showed a bit of versatility but she also stayed true to her lane. She snapped.
— TySheeks ✨💘 (@tysheeksonair) April 6, 2018
And that’s the beauty of the “Be Careful” rapper’s rise to the top: You really can’t come for her. Because she’s never been anything other than what she’s claimed to be. Which is a far cry from the face-tatted, lean-sippin’ rappers out here flooding the airwaves.