I guess Pandora knows me pretty well, because before seeing this song all over the internet within the past day or two, I had never heard “Bodak Yellow” or of Cardi B. My last review championed Kesha’s woman-power, so I want to touch on that here: I’m definitely excited about a woman — let alone a female rapper — topping the charts.
That said, I don’t really get it.
“Bodak” isn’t a bad song, but it’s also not a great song. It’s not particularly creative; the hook is kind of boring; the ostinato pattern feels rather trite; and, frankly, she’s kind of monotone, which is rather confusing to me considering she’s rapping about being a strong woman you can’t fuck with; shouldn’t there be some passion there? I do, however, love how many times she says “pussy.”
Now, rap definitely isn’t my favorite genre, so maybe there’s something I’m missing here, but I just don’t get that much out of it. At only two minutes and 33 seconds, it’s not a long song, but the ostinato makes it feel like five-plus minutes. I suppose that can be either a boon or a bust, depending on how you look at it. Every time I listen to it, I just keep waiting for something to happen. I could (and did) literally listen to this song on repeat and not know where it started and stopped.
This is not a bad song. It’s not. I just don’t understand how it made it to number one, especially without me having ever heard it on the radio. But, hey, honestly, anyone who bumps T-Swizzle out of number one is on my good side.