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The (W)rap Up - Week of April 10, 2018
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 2:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!

[Invasion of Privacy] Cardi B :: Invasion of Privacy
Atlantic Records

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Belcalis Almanzar b/k/a Cardi B isn't bothered by these hoes. I pondered for a minute whether or not to put "bothered by" in quotes - she says exactly those words in her breakout rap hit "Bodak Yellow" from last June. The video for it has accumulated over a half billion views so in the end I decided the quotes were unnecessary. You probably know her song and what she had to say. You've probably heard several freestyles over the same J. White and Klenord Raphael beat. You've probably watched several parodies of the song on YouTube. You may have even have known her before that from seasons six and seven of "Love & Hip-Hop: New York" on VH1. Cardi B and her views on hoes are quite well known from here to social media with almost three million followers on Twitter alone. You probably know her story better than I do. For the rest who have never heard of her before I'll offer a VERY brief synopsis. She was born in 1992 in South Bronx, spent much of her formative years with her grandmother, got fired from a job at a supermarket as a teen and turned to stripping to pay the bills. Cardi B came along at just the right time for her brand of unapologetic honesty and sexual empowerment to hit big. She is from the new school that takes cues from frank and raw rappers of late 1990's and early 2000's like Lil' Kim and Trina to name just a few. They in turn had followed the trail blazed by groups like Bytches With Problems and Hoez With Attitudes, who could even in fact be said to follow in the footsteps of The Real Roxanne and Roxanne Shante. The point is that every generation has had a few women who were willing to dog out men and give as good as they got from the fellas. Each succeeding generation has become a little more frank about their sexual exploits than the one before. As a teenager it was provocative and powerful, as an adult it's simply par for the course, but it still makes me laugh to hear Cardi send up Project Pat's "Chickenhead" with her own P-popping parody produced by Ayo, Keyz & NES."

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