Cardi B: A New Feminist Icon And Rapper With A Lot To Say

Cardi B: A New Feminist Icon And Rapper With A Lot To Say

The internet sensation releases a new album, "Gangsta B*tch Vol 1."
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“Our Lord and Savior, Cardi B.” That’s how one of the newest internet sensations, Belcalis “Cardi B.” Almanzar was introduced on the Breakfast Club last week. Originally a stripper expressing her unique worldviews across Instagram, Cardi B has overcome numerous obstacles that stood in her way to become one of the biggest entertainers in the past year. Funny, bold and unapologetic she has used her voice and crude humor to begin creating an empire. It was only a few months ago that the world received news that Cardi B would be a cast member on Love and Hip Hop New York. And she hasn’t stopped there, Cardi has since walked the runway during New York Fashion Week, been invited to host an MTV show with Charlamagne the God and held numerous conversations with famous director Lee Daniels. And to continue her ever growing empire, Cardi B. just released one of the most raunchy albums I’ve ever heard. And to make it even better, it doubles as one of the most unrepentantly feminist albums in recent memory.

Honestly, when I first opened Cardi’s “Gangsta B***h Music Vol. 1” I expected a joke. The few experiences I had with Cardi B and music had been less than pleasant and incredibly humorous for both myself and the hip hop world in general. So yes, I went into her new mixtape with very low expectations and even less anticipation. But I was met with a woman at her most relentless and her most brutal. I got the message loud and clear, “This isn’t for you”. Why wasn’t this album for me? Because I am a man and Cardi B has made a musical masterpiece that is almost exclusively reserved for women. Disadvantaged, women of color to be even more specific. And I was completely fine with that. Finally, a woman in hip hop did what was previously unimaginable. She made an album that is not for male consumption and it works extremely well.

With the exception of a few party bangers, Cardi B uses her 13 track mixtape to provide an honest look into the psyche of a woman doing whatever it is to make it in a male dominated world. She covers everything from love to domestic abuse and it all works because it’s Cardi’s truth. Along with thousands of other women. Songs like “Trust Issues” and “Selfish” are poignant and reflect on a woman’s responsibility to a man while “Her Perspective” is a powerful skit reflecting on domestic abuse and the mistreatment of strippers. Even songs like “I Gotta Hurt You”, an EDM dominated club song, oozes the pain and honesty that Cardi B exemplifies. Cardi B reflects on what it takes for a woman in her position to win in society and invites other women to do the same. It takes a boldness that many female hip hop artists have yet to obtain to be able to make such a powerful declaration in what is still a male dominated industry. And I salute her for it. Twerk on Cardi B and keep “making that shmoney.”

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint


18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings


23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop


31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me


This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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Poetry on odyssey: Eggshells

Eggshells... they feel like below my soles.

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Do you ever feel like you have to walk carefully around certain people? Taking one wrong step could be detrimental. This poem is about just that; walking cautiously to avoid a war. Sometimes it is simply easier to walk lightly than be confrontational with someone who does not care to see from your perspective.


Eggshells

They feel like below my soles.

Soft footsteps

One wrong stride.


A misleading grin.

Body language;

Tired yet tense.

Understandably so.


Harmony

Out of reach,

Out of touch,

Reality.


Headspace clouded

Retrospective delusion

A dreamy state

A fictional state.


Composure

Steady footsteps

Bypassing

These eggshells.

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