Cardi B’s rise to stardom has been a well-documented journey from the streets to the suite, no better exemplified than in her defining mainstream hit “Bodak Yellow.” This track is quintessential in the revamped appearance of B to the general audience, flaunting her comeuppance in lavish fashion with a trip to the United Arab Emirates, complete with luxurious clothing & a damned cheetah! Surely, Peta would be proud. When viewed among the pantheon of flagrant braggadocio in Hip Hop video culture, one would be forgiven for equating this show of wealth to mere music video trickery, but in B’s case the fame is all deserved; As outlined in her lyrics, she’s literally the hardest working female in the industry, her Instagram account attesting to this with proper documentation of her enterprising attitude. Supplementing these visuals is a vocal style – so uniquely hood from head to toe – that hits hard in an authentically streetwise fashion, in that no single line delivered feels forced or fabricated, simply facets of her everyday life; It’s a fun track with a realness behind it that dares the listener to find a flaw in her delivery.
Part of her vocal intrigue comes from her speech impediment, laughably summed up in the line “Got a bag and fixed my teeth!”, referencing the marble-mouthed & often unintelligible manner in which she spoke before accruing the prosperity necessary to get corrective dental work done. It’s authenticity like this that informs listeners of B’s true personality; She’s goofy & unfathomably brash, saying whatever comes to her mind, regardless of any perceived negative effects it may have on her public image. Those same qualities feed in to her verses as well, rarely repeating a phrase & talking “mad shit” – for lack of a better term – on any & all who oppose her. After years of Nicki Minaj being the defining voice of modern Hip Hop, it’s refreshing to be treated to a performance so unconcerned with tact, ready to pop off at a moment’s notice while concurrently refusing to take anyone seriously, including herself. In an age where everyone’s triggers can be tripped without warning, B is an atom bomb one Presidential “oops” away from disrupting the entire geography of Planet Hip Hop.
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"Bodak Yellow" is a song written and recorded by American rapper Cardi B. It was released on June 16, 2017, by Atlantic Records as her debut single on a major record label and the lead single from her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018). The song was influenced by and interpolates the flow of American rapper Kodak Black’s song “No Flockin”. It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, making Cardi B the fifth female rapper to ever lead the chart, and the second to do so with a solo song, following Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in 1998. Its accompanying music video was shot in Dubai.