It’s Friday April 6th and four of our favorite female artists had something up their sleeves today. We broke down our favorite songs and album releases of the day.
1. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
This is the #1 album the world is talking about today. Cardi B has finally released her debut album after the mammoth success of hit singles like “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi“. The 13-track album contains expected features such as Migos (hey fiancé Offset, hey) and YG. There are also some surprise collabs with the likes of SZA, Kehlani, Chance the Rapper and J Balvin.
Hearing it for the first time, this album is everything we’ve been expecting from Cardi, real name Belcalis Almanzar. She comes out swinging on the first track “Get Up 10”, breaking down exactly who she is, where she came from and what she’s about to do with her newfound fame. This album contains the trademark Cardi B hip-hop and trap club joints the world is thirsty for, but she’s thrown in some other flavors along the way.
“I Like It” for instance samples the classic latin song “I Like It Like That” by Pete Rodriguez and features Bad Bunny and J Balvin. A crossover latin hit waiting to happen. Shout-out to Cardi’s little experiment on “Be Careful” with the singing and the Lauryn Hill reference. Cute. Overall, this album is very bop-worthy. It’s Cardi’s world right now and we’re just living in it. *shmoney shrug*
Our Faves: “I Like It”, “Bickenhead” and “Best Life”
2. Kali Uchis – Isolation
The Colombian-American Karly-Marina Loaiza launched her career as Kali Uchis in 2012. After years of grinding on the underground scene, several singles, mixtapes and EP’s, this year is officially the year for Uchis. Her debut album Isolation is an eclectic yet cohesive piece of work that is a distinctive blend of R&B, neo soul, bossa nova, reggaeton and pop. She’s lined up Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn from Blur, rapper Tyler The Creator, funk king Thundercat and British R&B star Jorja Smith as collaborators on this album and the result is refreshing.
Uchis knows how to effortlessly seduce her listener. She pulls you in and then pushes you away again over and over on this record. It’s weird how every track sounds kinda different yet it all works together as one. Small remark: we kinda wished for another more up-tempo track. We love her eerie, moody, mid-tempo and slower stuff but lead single “Tyrant” proves that Kali might be the up-tempo latin reggaeton pop queen the world is searching for. “Tyrant“ works well if you speed the tempo up to 1.25 on YouTube by the way. If you catch your favorite DJ doing that in the mix next time, he or she read it here first.
Our Faves: “Miami”, “Tyrant” and “Tomorrow”
3. Azealia Banks – “Anna Wintour”
Azealia Banks is a controversial artist. From Twitter beefs to real life spazzes, concern about the mental health of the artist was at an all-time high not that long ago. Much has been said about Banks in the media but the one thing that cannot be denied is her undeniable musical and lyrical talent. Azealia shot to fame in 2012 by taking an instrumental Lazy Jay track and adding her insanely catchy flow on top. The Belgian DJ/producer duo didn’t know what hit them because Azealia’s song, “212“, blew up massively fast. Banks and the duo cut a deal and a worldwide hit that was supposed to launch the biggest female rap career since Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj was launched. Things didn’t work out that way however.
Banks found herself at war with record label executives, management and pretty much half of the entertainment industry. Confirmed features with artists such as Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna and Lady Gaga all got canned. Supposedly cause of Azealia’s reckless and irrational behavior. With much delay her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste got released in 2015. The album wasn’t the hit record many would’ve expected out of her in 2012 when “212” was blowing up worldwide, but proved to be something else: an instant cult-classic. Banks carefully curated her debut album and delivered something both eclectic and authentic.
After more media headlines, EP’s and one-off singles, Banks is now releasing “Anna Wintour”. It’s expected to be the lead single (she’s known for changing her mind about things like that) from her long-teased album Fantasea II, the follow-up to 2012 mixtape Fantasea. For the club banger, Azealia teamed up with Junior Sachez, who’s known for his house production and remixes for the likes of Madonna & Daft Punk.
Banks says she named the song “Anna Wintour” because she relates to the iconic editor in chief of American Vogue. “She’s a strong, powerful and larger than life soul in a petite, tidy and feminine body. While others may see Anna as intimidating , I see a woman who was born into this world with an absolute certainty about her place in it.” There’s no denying Banks is a strong and powerful soul and we love the new joint.
4. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
Dua Lipa seems to be on an unstoppable roll after her single “New Rules” hit the big time last year (1.1 billion views and counting). In her new song, with mega producer Calvin Harris, her sultry voice gets combined with a throwback dance instrumental. “One Kiss” may be the second single of Calvin’s sixth upcoming album, yet it’s Dua who gets the shine here. The first summer hit of 2018 has arrived!
The English/Albanian artist is the biggest thing in pop and on the charts right now. Her second studio album is rumored to be largely completed (with writers such as MNEK working on the LP) and her face gets printed on glossy magazine covers underneath titles such as “the next icon” these days. It might be a bit early for all of that, but with her distinctive trademark voice and huge airplay she’s definitely on her way to join the likes of Rihanna and Madonna and become a bona fide pop icon.