Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
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Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #76 / 833
Year End Rank: #5
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2018 Ratings: #619
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Breakout hit Bodak​ Yellow had many writing Cardi​ off as a one-hit wonder, but this album is bold enough to solidify her as a real contender in the rap game.

While Cardi B's own relationship with Migos's Offset has been thrown into the spotlight, Invasion of Privacy feels like her Lemonade moment, one that magnifies her insecurities for public consumption.

The Line of Best Fit

With the success that “Bodak Yellow” brought her, this album could have been filled with 13 carbon copies. But it isn’t; instead, Invasion of Privacy is filled with carefully crafted tracks which ably show her many sides. Cardi B knows who she is and where she came from and she isn’t trying to hide it from anyone.


While it’s hardly the kind of earth-shifting, politically-charged record music snobs demand but shouldn’t command from an artist of her caliber, it makes for a riveting and wildly listenable debut LP.

Cardi B’s remarkable debut places her, without a doubt, in the pantheon of great rappers. It is both brazen and vulnerable, filled with wild amounts of personality, style, and craft.
The 405
As the world put Cardi under a magnifying glass, she responded with a surprisingly cohesive, fully-realized album while holding her head up that much higher.
Entertainment Weekly

The cathartic vulnerability, twerk-team feminism, and free-wheeling trash talk she practiced with earlier releases is perfected on Invasion of Privacy. The project eschews the mega-tracklisting trend by delivering a solid thirteen songs fortified by carefully chosen features that compliment Cardi’s bombast and versatility.

Consequence of Sound

On Invasion of Privacy, she breezes past the challenge of a highly anticipated debut by making one of the most exciting rap albums in years.

The Guardian
Her album continues to show off a rounded, emotionally complex human being.
Rolling Stone

Invasion of Privacy flaunts so many different aspects of Cardi's game, it comes on like a greatest hits album, as undeniable as the excellent New Wave suit she rocks in the cover art. It's already tough to remember what it was like not having Cardi B around. Invasion proves she's here to stay.


This balance between over-the-top party starters and thoughtful reflection makes Invasion of Privacy an impressive debut for a rising star who can back up her outspokenness with raw talent.

Overall, this is a remarkably confident and compelling debut from a superstar who’s put in the graft.
Whatever it is that attracts us to blunt, vengeful gangsta rap, Cardi B has perfected it here.
Slant Magazine
Taken together, these songs present Cardi as an artist confident enough to expand her sound but smart—and some might say calculated—enough not to drift too far from her wheelhouse.
The Independent

Her debut album Invasion of Privacy isn’t so much an introduction as her final word: she is here to stay.


Invasion of Privacy is executed perfectly, playing to all of Cardi B’s strengths.

The Young Folks

This album could’ve easily been a rushed job to keep the hype of Cardi going, but Invasion of Privacy is a success simply because Cardi B took control of what she wanted to say.

A.V. Club

She’s probably the most powerful woman in hip-hop right now, but what’s encouraging is that she seems to be carving a self-made path that allows for contradictions, imperfections, variabilities. Cardi B got here by rapping her face off, and on Invasion Of Privacy, she determines to stay here by doing it for—well, nine more tracks. So far, so good.

Pretty Much Amazing
She’s far from the perfect rapper, or person for that matter, but she never exactly promised either. Competing with herself, Cardi promised a self-earned victory, and she delivered.

With an album title in Invasion Of Privacy, it would have been remarkable for Cardi to flip the openness of her Instagram page into an audiobook and not succumb to the invincibility cloak that comes along with a rap star title. Still, when you combine this decent first outing and relentless work ethic, there’s no question Cardi is here to stay.

Under The Radar

There is, of course, more room than ever before for a plethora of female rappers to enjoy their share of the spotlight ... Cardi B is merely the latest to appear into the mainstream, a position she is sure to occupy for some time, and with enough potential showing on her debut release to give hope to anyone listening that she can only get better from here.

The Needle Drop

While the quality of Invasion of Privacy drops off a bit in the second half, it’s overall a promising commercial debut for Cardi B.

How tf did this win over ASTROWORLD?
Admits to drugging and robbing men because "that's what I had to do" lol okay. I would be forgiving if she made tolerable music.
It's scary how people think this is good.
I'm sorry but I can't see this album as anything but mediocre at best. Sure, this isn't as bloated as Culture II, but god damn some of the tracks here are just irredeemable. Best Life had one of Chance's worst ever appearances on the hook, his verse sounded like a guy trying to do an impression of him. Drip had an awfully repetitive hook, same with YG on She Bad. All the love songs on this album are Eminem levels of melodrama and pettiness, especially Thru Your Phone. The bangers are incredibly ... read more
This is not a throwaway Trash Mixtape. This thing is a solid set of tracks that serve a purpose. Sure there are plenty of bangers and filler but it sounds good and has tons of clever punch lines.

Cardi B did a great job with pacing and track placement on this album. She is on the top of her game. Beats are not just shitty generic trap. They have personality and are versatile (unlike Culture II) features do OK for the most part. I mean shit the SWAGGER she drips on this album is unignorable. ... read more
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Track List

  1. Get Up 10
  2. Drip (feat. Migos)
  3. Bickenhead
  4. Bodak Yellow
  5. Be Careful
  6. Best Life (feat. Chance the Rapper)
  7. I Like It
  8. Ring (feat. Kehlani)
  9. Money Bag
  10. Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage)
  11. She Bad
  12. Thru Your Phone
  13. I Do (feat. SZA)
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Added on: March 26, 2018