Thanks to the indelible hit that is “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B earned herself a number one spot on the Billboard charts. Since then, the W’s have kept coming for our girl, including her debut album Invasion of Privacy skyrocketing straight to the top of the Billboard 200 when it was released in April 2018.
And while her monster hits like “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi” may enshrine her legacy forever, they’re far from the only gems in Cardi’s catalogue. Homegirl has been churning out one trap-inflected banger after another for a few years now, with her debut album Invasion of Privacy, two mixtapes, a string of excellent singles and a whole slew of feature guest spots to her name.
For those of you wanting to dig in a little deeper than your 35th run through Invasion of Privacy, here are a few of Cardi B’s songs that will help you get to know the Bronx rapper even better:
“Bartier Cardi” ft. 21 Savage
This banger needs no introducing because it seriously speaks for itself–or rather, Cardi does all the talking here. Not long after dropping a glamorous visual to accompany the track, it went platinum and solidified the Bronx MC’s status as queen of the charts. Since then, she keeps busy by racking up plaques and winning the rap game ahead of all her competitors.
Originally released in 2016, “Bronx Season” became the opener to Cardi’s most recent mixtape Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2. On this extremely hard track, Cardi flexes her independent comeup, making it clear that she’s a force to be reckoned with, getting interest from labels, but ultimately held out for a multimillion dollar deal from Atlantic. The Bronx rapper reps where she’s from, making her “New Yawk” accent heard loud and clear in the intro and outro. “Bronx Season” is filled with incredible one-liners, including the absolutely unforgettable “only time I hold my tongue is when I’m suckin’ dick.”
“Cheap Ass Weave”
“Cheap Ass Wave” is perhaps the best example of how Cardi can be both laugh out loud hilarious and intimidating at the same time. The way the brass horns in the production undercut the oft-repeated mantra ‘cheap ass weave’ is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, let alone a line like “You know that weave stink / that shit need a Tic Tac.” Yet through it all, Cardi still sounds like – first and foremost – a boss, not a comedian.
“Get Up 10”
As the opening track on her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy, this serves as a formal introduction into the complex world of Cardi B. She kicks things off by going extremely hard as she tells the unfiltered tale of her rise to rap stardom behind an aggressive beat that is loaded with energy. Cardi refuses to be ashamed of her past (and specifically her experience as a stripper), but by no means was it an easy walk in her shoes. In the end, she managed to come out on top and she did it by being her truest self.
“I Do” ft. SZA
This is the collab that we didn’t know we needed on Invasion of Privacy, but it is truly a standout as this dynamic duo encourages all the “bad bitches” to leave the deadweights in their lives on read, pull a Call Me By Your Name in the bedroom, and do whatever the fuck you want. Milk your 15 minutes of fame for every second that it’s worth.
“I Like It” ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
This spicy single climbed its way all the way up to No. 2 and spent a solid 33 weeks dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart. If you thought the song was playful, the official music video. really takes things to the next level as the trio parties like there’s no tomorrow. Viva la República Dominicana!
“Lick” ft. Offset
Hip-hop’s newest power couple made their musical debut with “Lick” from Cardi’s Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2. In the music video set in a casino oozing with old-school glamour, Offset and Cardi are involved in a Bonnie and Clyde-style heist à la Beyoncé and JAY-Z. The partners in crime don diamonds and furs and make major eyes at each other. In an interview with The Fader, the Bronx rapper explained that while the song doesn’t “make your dick wet,” it can inspire anyone to “catch a lick.” One again, Cardi’s got her eyes on the prize, spitting inspiring bars about her shmoney moves.
Cardi delivered this perfectly packaged direct deposit anthem in October which proceeded to peak at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning the rapper her 20th song to chart and 10th placement in the Top 10. Let’s get this money, honey!
Over the course of her short career, Cardi B’s songs have made it abundantly clear she is not someone you should fuck with. This is a position that nearly every rapper must take at one time or another, but she may be the first to tie this sentiment to a pun about pooping (or lack thereof). “But it’s all good ’cause when you see my face/ Shit don’t come out like it’s constipation.”
Any song that opens with a slightly menacing cackle is bound to be incredible. On “Stripper Hoe,” Cardi calls out people who don’t take her seriously and talk down to her because she used to be a stripper. She also shouts out Travis Scott and his hit song “Antidote,” positioning herself as a rapper equally capable of a mega hit. With this fire track, Cardi asserts that she’s much more than a former adult entertainer, graciously bestowing upon us the amazing line “every day I’m shittin’ on ’em, I don’t flush the toilet bowl.”
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- Text: Jake Boyer, Bianca Giulione, Sydney Gore