Ever since Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 last year, fans and critics like have been craving for the rapper to finally release her debut album.
Now, two years after her 2016 debut mixtape Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and a string of underground favorites, Cardi B has announced the record will drop next month. “New album in April — stay tuned mother f*ckers," she blatantly said during her Best New Artist acceptance speech at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. But when you make history by becoming the first female rapper to reach No. 1 in 19 years and broke Taylor Swift's record for being the longest running woman at the top spot, of course there is going to be expectations for your first album. At this point, Cardi B doesn't have room to fail.
From production to fresh lyricism, here are all the elements we think can make Cardi B's anticipated debut album a memorable one.
Cardi B is known for her gritty lyrics that are respected on the streets, but her debut album is the perfect time for her to explore a topic that she's currently living: romance. The rapper's engagement to Offset can lead to a fun "thug love" type of song that is tender with a bit of edge.