I'm glad Cardi B released "Be Careful," a new single from her forthcoming album Invasion of Privacy, last night. But judging by many of the early takes, a lot of listeners aren't quite convinced. For those people, I have one question: Are you nuts? The song is a tender, lovelorn ditty that belongs to my favorite subgenre: women burning shit down via veiled threats to the shitty men they love. And it's got everything: bars, flows, singing, a Lauryn Hill interpolation, a little Spanish, some warnings that may or may not be directed at Offset.
A week away from the release of her debut album, Cardi is in a complicated position, as someone who has proven that she's not a one-hit wonder and yet whose success is still treated as a fluke. We know she can do street anthems, we know she can do booming club hits, we know she can fuck up a pop tune. Which is exactly why "Be Careful" is great. It offers a soft, introspective side of Cardi that fans have maybe seen on Instagram but haven't heard on any songs she's released since her recent whirlwind success. You've met Bartier Cardi, now meet Heartbreak Cardi.