Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
After invading the Hot 100 with multiple smashes, Cardi B unleashes her highly-anticipated debut album, Invasion of Privacy.
Bardi comes equipped with her five times platinum chart-topper “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and her platinum follow-up “Bartier Cardi.” She also presents her recently-unloaded “Be Careful” single and “Drip,” which features Migos.
But the Bronx rhymer also supplies new collaborations on the 13-song effort. Chance the Rapper (“Best Life”), Kehlani (“Ring”), YG (“She Bad”), and SZA (“I Do”) add to the LP’s overall star power. Cardi B’s Latin roots also shine through on “I Like It” (featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin). The song samples Pete Rodriguez’s classic 1960s single, “I Like It Like That.”
“I’m just telling my story,” she raps on the album’s intro, “Get Up 10.” “I went from rags to riches / Went from WIC to lit, nigga / Only person in my fam to see six figures.”
Later, she issues a warning to her peers. “I was just trying to chill and make bangers,” she raps. “Tell all these old bitches they in danger / The thing on my hip whip bitches into shape / That’s what I call a fuckin’ waist trainer.”
Stream Invasion of Privacy below.
Poo Bear feat. Jay Electronica & Justin Bieber – ‘Hard 2 Face Reality’
This is a surprising collaboration. The elusive Jay Electronica teams up with Justin Bieber on Poo Bear’s new single, “Hard 2 Face Reality” off his forthcoming album, Poo Bear Presents: Bearthday Music.
Over Poo and Dan Kanter’s acoustic guitar-centric instrumental, Jay Electronica delivers a verse about life’s ebbs and flows. “Love and death are quite similar, how they come and go like cat burglars,” he raps. “Reality is kinda hard to face like actual facts is to flat-Earthers.”
The unexpected collaboration took years to finalize. Originally penned for Bieber three years ago, Poo revisited the single with Electronica more recently. He says the pairing may sound “weird,” but he’s happy to make it happen.
“Everybody doubted that he’d get on it,” Poo Bear told Rolling Stone. “Jay is really picky. Everyone’s like, ‘Good luck!’ I gave him a deadline, and he turned it in on the deadline day. I couldn’t even believe it. It’s like an alien on the record.”
A$AP Rocky – “A$AP Forever”
This week, A$AP Rocky released what could be a glimpse of things to come. Joining forces with Moby —yes, the electronic DJ —Flacko unleashed “A$AP Forever,” which could appear on his long-awaited new album, rumored to be titled Testing.
The Flacko and Hector Delgado-produced cut pulls inspiration from Moby’s “Porcelain” off 1999’s Play. Elsewhere, Rocky brags about his crew and disses clones in the song’s mind-bending video.
“I put New York on the map,” he raps on the track. “I put the gang on the flame / They gon’ remember the name.” Meanwhile, Moby’s haunting voice sings about death. “In my dreams,” he sings, “I’m dying all the time.”
Listen to the genre-bending “A$AP Forever” below.
Wale – “Negotiations”
Folarin’s fire keeps burning. Fresh off his It’s Complicated EP, Wale delivers a blazing new buzz single, “Negotiations.”
The three-minute scorcher is a quotable fest over haunting piano keys. “You niggas go up in ‘Ellen’ and forget your melanin quick,” he raps on the track. “Niggas need a new legend, the people never forget.”
Over Ayo N Keyz production, Wale continues to speak to competitors and to himself. “No, Folarin,” he raps. “Never change, never give up your soul, Folarin / Do your thing because you’re giving them hope, Folarin.”
Listen to Folarin’s hope-driven banger below.
Flatbush Zombies – Vacation in Hell
Flatbush Zombies go on a Vacation In Hell. The New York trio of Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arc Elliott unleash a 19-song album with a wide and varied list of guest stars.
Bun B (“Reel Girls”), A$AP Twelvyy (“Leather Symphony”), Jadakiss (“Facts”), Joey Bada$$ (“Vacation”), and Denzel Curry (“The Glory”) are among the album’s featured acts. Meanwhile, Portugal. The Man appears on the genre-defying “Crown.”
Vacation in Hell arrives two years after the group’s critically heralded debut album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. The new project also features contributions from Nyck Caution, Dave B., and Dia.
Take a Vacation in Hell below.