It seems no matter how many monumental money moves that Cardi B makes, there always seems to be a skepticism following her. Most of these were hushed with the successes of her 2018 album Invasion of Privacy, her inescapable collaborations with Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars, and massive commercial deals with Amazon and Pepsi. If there were any doubters left, they were firmly squashed after last night’s sold out show at Minneapolis’ Target Center.
The night started with Saweetie and her ICY GRLs who, on any other stage, any given night anywhere in the world could have been a headlining performance. While she didn’t have any smoke or pyrotechnics, Saweetie was a special effect all her own as – apparently against doctor’s orders – she shined in a synchronized spectacle that set the night off perfectly. If she’s playing the Target Center stage within the next two years, it shouldn’t be a surprise.
But Cardi…wow…where to begin? Every Cardi song you like – whether a collaboration, mixtape cut or solo smash, she performed. Whether rapping or singing, her unassisted vocals were top notch, and her beloved over-the-top personality was a cathedral of charisma. From the banter to the bombast, the twerkin’ to the spittin’, the setlist to the steps – Cardi delivered everything one would want from a Cardi show and then overdelivered several times over. It was just the type of artistic spectacle a venue that size needed.
But this wasn’t some over-produced smoke-and-mirrors show, Cardi really made the night special by being so genuinely Cardi. Peppering the show with a brief cover of Prince‘s “I Would Die 4 U” and offering relationship advice in-between hit-after-hit, it was an absolute not stop party. The climax of “I Like It” had no less than three massive confetti explosions that covered the sold out Target Center crowd in the most welcome snowfall Minnesota’s had this decade.
While there are a handful of social media complaints that Cardi’s set was *only* 50-60 minutes, it’s a perspective I believe to be largely unfounded. Cardi did nothing but hits with no downtime, no missteps, and no moment to catch out breath as she takes it away. The steak was all tenderloin and with non-stop sizzle. It was a flawless set and an unforgettable night.