It’s crazy to think about nowadays, but it wasn’t that long ago that it was Iggy Azalea and not Cardi B that was being hyped as the heir apparent to Nicki Minaj. That was before things went horribly wrong and (right or wrong) somehow she became the face of cultural appropriation. All of that aside, she has admittedly always had a good ear for what makes a catchy rap song, which is something that’s still evident on Survive the Summer EP. Like there’s nothing real original about the content here but it is high quality, low quality music, but, it’s not high quality enough to change the narrative surrounding her nor is there any potential ‘Fancies’ in the mix. So yes it’s a bit better than all the other generic, run of the mill, hyper-sexualized rap that floods the airwaves, but it’s nothing that will really leave a lasting impact. And for someone who’s career has almost become a cautionary tale, she needs nothing less than a string of number one hits to regain any sort of relevance.
Cardi B's debut isn't great by any stretch of the imagination but it's not that bad either. It's a more listenable project than I expected and has more than a few noteworthy moments. I guess what really makes it a decent project is that all of her best songs sound like a more than serviceable approximation of whatever artist she's feeling in that moment. They say the best artists steal, so in that sense she's more than on her way.Read full review
Uh, she’s salty, I sauté the bitch Alaïa jacket and I slay the bitch Big body on display and shit This is just another day and shit Was down for love, I got played and shit
– “Survive the Summer”
Have you heard Survive the Summer EP? What’d you think about it? Does this do anything to change your opinion about her and her music? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.