The 25-year-old rapper dropped her full-length debut, Invasion of Privacy, on Friday, which features several already established hits, as well as some more catchy club tracks, star-studded collaborations and pointed, fiery verses about a cheating man.
Cardi's song "Thru Your Phone" dives deeper into the themes of infidelity she rhymed about on "Be Careful," making many fans think the tracks are about her fiance, Migos rapper Offset, and infidelity rumors that have plagued the couple.
"Did you give it her raw? You love her or nah? You risk your whole home for a ho at the bar?" Cardi rhymes on "Thru Your Phone," giving off serious Lemonade vibes and even name-checking one of Beyonce's early ballads about infidelity in the process.
"Beyonce on my stereo, 'Resentment' on repeat," she rhymes, referencing the 2006 track.
And that's not the only Queen Bey reference on the album. On "Best Life" with Chance the Rapper (who rhymes about getting a "pep talk from 'Yonce"), Cardi boasts that she "took pics with Beyonce / I met Mama Knowles," possibly referring to when the two met at the Made in America festival back in September. Plus, on "Money Bag," Cardi notes, "With them pretty ass twins, you look like Beyoncé."
“Well, you know, I just feel like people have to tune in a little bit on my album, and they will know a little bit more,” she teased. “Because it’s like, I can’t address all the rumors and everything.”
“I have been so open to people about myself. People cannot expect me to open [up] about everything. Certain things to me, it has to be private,” she continued. “You cannot invade my privacy. I’m not a damn animal at the zoo that you just can see everything. No.”
Cardi, a Bronx native who got her start through viral fame and on the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York, broke through last summer with her massive hit “Bodak Yellow,” which was certified quintuple platinum and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks straight, even de-throning Taylor Swift.
Since the release of her breakout single, Cardi has made feature appearances on several hit tracks -- including Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” remix, Migos’ “Motorsport,” and G-Eazy’s “No Limit” -- as well as dropping three more singles prior to the release of Invasion of Privacy: “Bartier Cardi,” featuring 21 Savage, “Be Careful,” and another collaboration with Migos called “Drip.”
Cardi teased Invasion of Privacy’s full track list on Wednesday, which also previewed the collaborations with Chance the Rapper, SZA, Kehlani, YG, Bad Bunny and J Balvin.
Back in February, the rapper opened up to Cosmopolitan about her decision to stay with Offset despite rumors of his infidelity.
"It's like everybody is coming down my neck like, 'Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem,'" Cardi said. "I don't have low self-esteem… I know I look good. I know I'm rich, I know I'm talented. I know I could get any man I want -- any basketball player, football player. But I want to work out my s**t with my man, and I don't got to explain why."