Invasion of Privacy
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #64 / 404
User Score
Based on 421 ratings
2018 Ratings: #251
April 6, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

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.

90
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.

87
Pitchfork
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.
85
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.
83
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.

83
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.

80
The Guardian
Her album continues to show off a rounded, emotionally complex human being.
80
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.

80
AllMusic

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.

80
NME
Overall, this is a remarkably confident and compelling debut from a superstar who’s put in the graft.
80
PopMatters
Whatever it is that attracts us to blunt, vengeful gangsta rap, Cardi B has perfected it here.
80
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.
80
The Independent

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

80
XXL

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

75
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.

75
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.
72
HipHopDX

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.

70
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.

60
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.

Apr 6, 2018*
kyledimick
80
I am so surprised by this album. For some reason I expected a bunch of throwaway tracks and there are a few But most of the tracks on this album are really solid. Cardi B brings confidence and surprisingly good wordplay and flow. Certain songs have questionable choices but overall surprisingly solid project.
Apr 6, 2018
plowo
76
Even though the trap beats around the album sound generic and overused, Cardi's flow and abilities along with the great hooks created in some songs makes Invasion of Privacy a nice debut album for her and I hope Cardi continue to make more and more success on the mainstream rap scene which is almost all dominated by male rappers.

Favs: Get Up 10, Bodak Yellow, Ring (feat. Kehlani), Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage), Thru Your Phone and I Do (feat. SZA).
Apr 6, 2018
joshmq71
48
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
Apr 6, 2018
BradTasteMusic
71
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
Apr 6, 2018
MySoftBulletin
73
y’all need to respect Queen B, this is a classic
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Added on: March 26, 2018