Late last night, I saw that my problematic fave, Belcalis, was dropping a single. My interest peaked and I made mental note to listen in the morning. I debated waiting up for it but a girls got a bedtime on weeknights. So the first thing I did this morning was play, “Be Careful.”
“Be Careful” is the third single from Cardi B’s upcoming debut album, Invasion of Privacy. I should say “highly anticipated” debut album because fans and haters alike have been anxious for this album to drop. Fans, of course, to support their fave and haters to have proof that Cardi has just been lucky with a few hit singles.
The first few seconds of “Be Careful” I was thrown for a loop. The beat was definitely not what I was expecting. To be honest, I was expecting a rougher “trap” sound like her previous hits. A song about money or fame. However, as soon as Cardi started rapping, I got it. Cardi’s rapping was softer, yet emotion filled. The beat had a springy-summery vibe and her rapping tone matched it to a tee.
Cardi fills the verses with the lyrics you’ll be seeing on your Instagram and Twitter feeds for the next few weeks. Cardi explicitly lays out what a lot of people can say they have felt after getting their feelings hurt by someone else. One-liners like, “Poured out my whole heart to a piece of shit” and “You make me sick, n*gga” clearly express her disgust with the person who hurt her. But she also expresses the softer side of the pain with lyrics like, “Teach me to be like you so I can not give a fuck / Free to mess with someone else, I wish these feelings could melt.”