This song is pretty standard fare, but for what it is, it’s actually quite well done. Granted, it’s very overtly derivative of Nicki Minaj’s work, but given how long it had been since Minaj had released a decent song in this vein when this song came out, it wasn’t exactly a niche anyone else was filling. The beat is actually fairly uninteresting, workmanlike Trap production, but Cardi B’s lyrics are above average for a contemporary mainstream Rap song, and she certainly has a suitable fierceness in her delivery. Most of the lyric-driven Rap on the Pop charts these days seems to come from underground-based crossover artists like Kendrick Lamar and Logic, and while this is by no distant means on their level, it provides a kind of appeal those artists would usually find beneath them (except perhaps on Lamar’s “Humble”). As I said, someone has to fill this particular genre niche, and while Nicki Minaj’s fans inevitably resented Cardi B for encroaching on her territory, this is still a perfectly valid entry in the ‘ferocious female-power brag raps’ field, and I can see why it caught on.
Verdict: Not great, but good.