Call it what you want, but there's no denying Cardi B is a superstar on the rise. She's been making waves ever since she first captured our hearts on Vine back in 2015. Fast forward three years later, Cardi has made Billboard history, made her red carpet rounds during awards show season, and even starred in a Superbowl commercial. Suffice to say it's Cardi B's world and we are just living in it.
Recently, the Bronx native announced the upcoming release of her debut album, Invasion of Privacy (due April 6), and released the music video for one of its singles—fan favorite trap extravaganza "Bartier Cardi"—during an episode of VH1's Love and Hip-Hop.
In the visual, Cardi serves up high-octane glamour like we've never seen before, brilliantly captured by director Petra Collins in a nostalgic hodgepodge of history's most decadent eras. Decadent is the key word here: the video features Cardi performing on a vintage TV set, male models branded with "Cardi" on their necks, and a Project X-style mansion party where scattered hundred dollar bills abound in plenty and a dress code of Fashion Nova furs and crystal-embellished frocks is fully enforced. Her fiancé Offset also makes a cameo à la Jay-Z in Beyoncé's "Partition," while featured artist 21 Savage gets tied up as he spits his contributing verse on the track. Overall it's a visual and visceral feast for the eyes.
Releasing the video this week is quite strategic on Cardi's part considering the release of her newest release "Be Careful"—a song said to reference Offset's alleged affair back in February—has received mixed reviews from both fans and critics alike. That being said, the "Bartier Cardi" video is sure to be a tough act to follow.
Watch the video for "Bartier Cardi" below.