Cardi B makes waves with debut album “Invasion of Privacy”

Musically speaking, Cardi B is fresh off the best year she’s ever had. After releasing her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” in early April—an album that peaked at no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 200 and is now certified double platinum—Cardi has gone on to grace the main stages at major festivals including Coachella and Rolling Loud.

At just 13 tracks long, “Invasion of Privacy” is one of 2018’s most solid, consistent albums. Featuring production from Boi-1da (“Be Careful”), Benny Blanco (“Thru Your Phone”) and DJ Mustard (“She Bad”)—as well as guest performances from the likes of Chance the Rapper (“Best Life”), Kehlani (“Ring”), SZA (“I Do”) and YG (“She Bad”)—the album effortlessly balances its trap, Latin and R&B influences, and gives listeners everything from strip club anthems to pop crossovers.

This project serves as an introduction to Cardi the rapper, showing off her ability to deliver an energetic verse and her versatility when it comes to writing rhymes. On “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi more than proves that she can name drop designer brands with the best of them (“Drip,” “Money Bag”), but the moments where she’s vulnerable and empowering, like on the opening track “Get Up 10,” are where the album really shines.

“Invasion of Privacy” broke records and earned accolades for Cardi. Each song on the album charted individually on the Hot 100 and was certified gold or higher by the RIAA, making Cardi the first female artist to achieve this feat. The album also received four Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. So, whether you love her or love to hate her, you can’t deny Cardi’s success or the impact of this album.

Listen to “Invasion of Privacy” on Apple Music and Spotify.