Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and Cardi B recently announced that she is pregnant. But, let that not distract us from the album she came out with. No pregnancy will stop me from seeing if an album is really good or not!
I did a review of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” in the past, the song that got her where she is today. In that review, I expressed favorable emotions toward it, saying that it had a lot of the elements a good trap banger should have: a catchy beat, good wordplay, and a lot of charisma. After the success of that, the Bronx native released a couple more singles, and now her long-awaited debut album is finally here! Usually these intros to my album reviews are longer, but I really don’t have much else to say. Let’s just get into the album.
#1: Get Up 10
I think this is the best-fitting track to be the first one on the album. It starts off by talking about her past life, with lines like “Look, they gave a b*tch two options: strippin’ or lose/Used to dance in a club right across from my school” referring to her past life as a dancer. However, once she finishes talking about her come-up, she gets into some hard bars about proving how hard she is. She never actually says she’s hard in the song, but lyrics such as “The thing on my hip whip b*tches into shape (brrrt)/That’s what I call a f*ckin’ waist trainer” and “I came here to ball, is you nuts?” bring enough figurative language and charm to prove her point well. I’d say that this song is pretty much the thesis to her music, as it shows her emotional side by talking about her life before she was famous, but quickly gets into hot bars that makes her music great trap to listen to. Definitely a good pick to start the album off with.
#2: Drip (ft. Migos)
It was easy to predict that Migos would appear on this project, since Cardi B is dating one of the members of the rap trio. It also sounds pretty much how I expected it to: not terrible, but surely not the greatest song on here. The beat is not anything special when it comes to trap, but it does its job fine. There are not really that many good lines to point out. It’s mainly just all four rappers hopping on and bragging about whatever. The best part of this track is Takeoff because his fast flow is unique for Migos, and the ad-libs he puts in between makes it sound like he never has to take a breath his whole verse, which is kind of neat.
Like with a few of the songs on this album, Cardi B replaces one of the letters of the title into a “B”, turning “Chickenhead” into “Bickenhead”. This song actually samples a song called “Chickenhead” by DJ Paul, and his presence is very eminent with the “alrights” in the background and that 2000s-style bouncy bass. Lyrically, this is one of Cardi’s worse ones on the album, as there are not too many memorable lines, and the part where she spends 30 seconds telling you where you should “pop your p*ssy” is kind of cringey.
#4: Bodak Yellow
As I said in the intro, I did a full review of this song a while ago, so you can click the link back up there if you want to hear my full thoughts on the track, but I’ll give you my brief thoughts of it here. Briefly, this is a good song. Cardi B’s constantly switching flows keeps the casual listeners hooked in while the little bits of wordplay put throughout the track make anyone focusing on the lyrics pleased. In the end, I’m glad that this was the song that got her famous.
#5: Be Careful
When I originally heard this song, I was not really feeling it, but after four or five listens, I find a lot of enjoyment in this track. The cutesy piano melody and unique drum pattern is something you would not expect Cardi to rap on, but when paired with the context of the lyrics, it almost sounds ironic. The song is about Cardi’s feelings with being cheated on, so the happy little beat is almost funny to hear behind the lyrics. The lyrics themselves, here, are well-constructed, with Cardi exposing her man for cheating and doing a good job at making him look like a terrible person. Of course, there is also some good wordplay, especially “Gave you TLC, you wanna Creep and sh*t”, referencing the old TLC song “Creep”. If you don’t like this song on the first listen, give it a few more shots and I bet it will grow on you like it did with me.
#6: Best Life (ft. Chance The Rapper)
The most surprising featured guest to see on here was Chance The Rapper, but the two actually work well together. Both rappers on this song rap about enjoying their success and being a little reflective on it. Cardi B expands on some of the themes she presented in the first part of “Get Up 10”, but the happy beat makes it all more lighthearted. My favorite line of hers here is “N*gga, you a p*ssy and a rat, you like Tom and Jerry”. Chance, though, really takes the show, giving an awesome hook and verse. I like the way he manipulates the letters in “I made a couple M’s with my best friends/Turned all my L’s into lessons”, and some of the highlights from his verse are “You don’t like money, I can see it your eye”You don’t like winnin’, I can see it in your tie” and “We had baggage on our flight, we had badges on our asses/You got passes in your life, you had gadgets on your bike”. I could definitely see this being a good motivational song for some people.
#7: I Like It (ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin)
There has been a trend ever since “Despacito” swept over the music landscape like a tsunami to make songs with some Latin flavor. Beyonce was a guest on one of Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s songs and XXXTentacion has them on his newest album. Cardi B decided to follow this trend with “I Like It”. I can give this song a lot of positives. Cardi’s verse is exceptional, the best line being “Yeah they call me Cardi B, I run this sh*t like cardio”, and the chorus is fun to shout along to. Also, the beat on here is one of the best on this whole project, if not the best. The trumpets give it its Latin flare, and the fat bass makes this a banger of a track. What really brings this whole song down, however, is the featured guests, and this is mainly because they did their whole part in another language. No offense to those of Latin descent (I’m 3.125% Mexican myself, so I would not be rude to my own people), but having over half the song in another language seems out of place. That would be like if you were writing a paper for school and you just started writing in Chinese halfway through. It just doesn’t fit. The only reason they’re on here is because their style is trending, so maybe if they do their part in English next time, I’ll give it a lyrical review.
#8: Ring (ft. Kehlani)
Cardi B grabs R&B singer Kehlani for this next track about wanting a lover to call you back, but they never do. I am not trying to sound like I’m stereotyping millennials here, but I think a love song centered around communication from a cell phone is a great concept to make a modern love song out of. While not all the lines on here are great (“you gon’ be hot, n*gga, coffee”), the emotion put in through both of the artists here is apparent, and some of the lyrics reflect this pristinely. Kehlani’s chorus is also a pretty infectious one, and it can be fun to sing.
This is probably one of the weaker bangers on here. The beat is not that good. If anything, it’s a bit bad. While I am a fan of a bouncy, non-stagnant bass, this song brings it to a whole new level that makes the bass annoying. A line I did like this track was “With them pretty ass twins, you look like Beyoncé”, but this also comes with ones like “These b*tches salty, they sodium, they jelly, petroleum” and “How you gon’ suck yo’ man d*ck with my name in yo’ mouth?” I mean, it is not like this is the worst trap track of all time, but it could use some work.
#10: Bartier Cardi (ft. 21 Savage)
This was the second single released for this album, and it was the first one to come after “Bodak Yellow”. With how monstrous that single turned out to be, Cardi needed to really up her game to be great, and she did this quite successfully. Compared to “Bodak Yellow”, the beat is darker, the flows are better, and Cardi comes with a lot more energy. The first part of the chorus just works so well with the rhyme scheme given to it, and Cardi’s lyrics do not fail to impress. 21 Savage, on the other hand, is not as impressive, but I’m not sure whether I should call his verse bad or funny. Like, you can only laugh or cringe at lyrics like “I don’t eat p*ssy, I’m fastin'” and “I pulled the rubber off and I put hot sauce on her t*tties/I’m in a Bentley truck, she keep on suckin’ like it’s tinted”. Personally, I found these lines pretty funny, but nonetheless, whatever you think of his verse, Cardi pulls off a great performance.
#11: She Bad (ft. YG)
I was a little excited when I saw this track had YG on it, since I am usually a fan of what I hear him on, but his contributions to this track are actually horrible. The hook on here is the worst on the album, and he sounds sleepy/indifferent the whole time, even on his verse. Cardi B does not really help the song, either, because some of her lines are bad, such as “Lick the balls just because, lil b*tch, I eat balls/I’m a monsta, mouth open wide like opera”. There are a lot of other better bangers on this album than this.
#12: Thru The Phone
Cardi addresses cheating on this track again, but does it in a more stripped-down, sensitive manner. While I love “Be Careful”, I think this song is even better. Her vulnerability shines on this, and anyone listening can tell that Cardi put some real heart into this track. Her lines at the ends of both verses show some true anger that tells the audience the subject matter matters to her. The audience almost follows her roller coaster of feelings as she goes from wondering what she did wrong to wanting to kill the man that cheated on her. The chorus on here, too, is as intimate as the verses, and proves this track to be a highlight of the album.
#13: I Do (ft. SZA)
I was not sure what to think when I first saw SZA on here, but she gives a phenomenal chorus. In fact, it’s probably the best chorus on this project. Her voice is able to hop to each note with elegance, but she still keeps it cool and swift enough to make it a banger. Cardi also does her part, as she asserts that she runs the game (metaphorically and sexually). The line “P*ssy so good, I say my own name during sex” was one that could have been left out, but she makes up for it. Wordplay like “Now I’m a boss, I write my own name on the checks” keeps it interesting, and her sardonic wit on lyrics like “My little 15 minutes lasting long as hell, huh?” gives that personality people fell in love with Cardi for. A great way to end the album.
A debut album is very important for an artist who has been doing as well as Cardi B, and Cardi hit it good with this debut. With the tracks she became famous for, she could have easily put together a dozen or so trap songs and called it a day. But, she decided to be ambitious, and it worked out for her. I like when an artist is able to experiment with different themes, and Cardi does not fret to try out different styles. From adultery (“Be Careful”, “Thru The Phone”) to love (“Ring”) to motivational upbringings (“Get Up 10”, “Best Life”), she went into this album with great ambition. These tracks that go out of the brag-trap realm are actually my favorites on here. Of course, a lot of the trap bangers do hit well (such as “Bartier Cardi” and “I Do”), making this whole endeavor a well-rounded victory.
Picking a favorite for this album was tough because there were many songs that were good in their own ways. However, I ended up going with “Bartier Cardi”. A lot of my favorites on here are the ones where she tries out new topics (new for her, at least), but this banger is good enough to be the best. It is apparent that Cardi put a lot of effort into her flows and the hook, and it pays off in the end. My least favorite was “Moneybag”. I was debating between this and “Bickenhead” for my least favorite, but the hook on “Bickenhead” is catchier, so I’ll give the esteemed title to “Moneybag”.
Overall, I would give this album an 8 out of 10. Do you agree?
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