Despite the lineup of proven A listers set to drop in 2018, Cardi B’s debut album may very well emerge as one of the year’s sleeper hits. Her name lures haters like moths to a flame, yet the ubiquity of her presence is vast in scope. The former stripper has lived out the ultimate rags-to-riches story, and her journey from the pole to the Grammys is a classic underdog narrative; for that reason, she has become a champion of the people, who see flashes of themselves in the young Dominican rapper.

Cardi’s album is set to drop in April, and you already know it’s going to be one of the year’s biggest releases. The scrutiny and praise shall flow in equal measure, as Cardi has proven to elicit a passionate response from both camps. Doubtless, the haters will check for this one regardless, as they so often do. Yet what about those who are actually looking forward to this?

“Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi” have established that Cardi is a charismatic and focused rapper, capable of delivering solid flows and sharp, braggadocious bars. Her featured verses tend to deliver more of the same, and she’s rarely faltered to the point of incompetence. As for her album, the rapper has been working tirelessly, dubbing herself a perfectionist in various interviews. One has to wonder, what is she about to deliver upon us?

The hype has been building. Big singles can sometimes prove troublesome, especially to those of us who still value the album as a piece of cohesive artwork. We live in a streaming era, where convoluted tracklists often trump artistic expression. It doesn’t help that her label is Atlantic Records, who seem primarily concerned with the procuration of Santa-sized bags. Perhaps it’s unrealistic to set our expectations for something truly groundbreaking, especially if the powers-that-be are more concerned with milking the Cardi B hype train for all its worth.

Yet Cardi has proven to be a layered individual, and her talent behind the mic has earned her the benefit of the doubt. Therefore, it seems fitting to lay our cards on the table. What can we expect from a Cardi B debut album? And more importantly, what do we want?