12 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When her campy, provocative videos first went viral in 2015, Cupcakke immediately gained a reputation for over-the-top freakiness—which wasn’t surprising, given song titles like “Vagina” and “Deepthroat.” But there’s way more to the Chicago rapper than sex-positive raps, and on her fourth album, she proves it. It’s not as though she’s completely dialed down the raunch—the bubbly trop-house banger “Garfield” fits a full album’s worth of winking sex puns into one track. But more often, Cupcakke’s straight-up spitting, with enough full-throttle intensity to stand up against any other rapper in Chicago right now. On the sparse but massive “Cereal and Water,” she tackles everything from police brutality to deadbeat parents to abusive men; you can feel her passion viscerally with every bar. And she dedicates the bass-heavy closing track, “A.U.T.I.S.M.,” to her fans on the spectrum, rapping: “Voice shouldn’t be judged if it’s used loudly or quietly.” Joke’s on you if you pegged Cupcakke as pure provocateur—on Eden, she’s limitless.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When her campy, provocative videos first went viral in 2015, Cupcakke immediately gained a reputation for over-the-top freakiness—which wasn’t surprising, given song titles like “Vagina” and “Deepthroat.” But there’s way more to the Chicago rapper than sex-positive raps, and on her fourth album, she proves it. It’s not as though she’s completely dialed down the raunch—the bubbly trop-house banger “Garfield” fits a full album’s worth of winking sex puns into one track. But more often, Cupcakke’s straight-up spitting, with enough full-throttle intensity to stand up against any other rapper in Chicago right now. On the sparse but massive “Cereal and Water,” she tackles everything from police brutality to deadbeat parents to abusive men; you can feel her passion viscerally with every bar. And she dedicates the bass-heavy closing track, “A.U.T.I.S.M.,” to her fans on the spectrum, rapping: “Voice shouldn’t be judged if it’s used loudly or quietly.” Joke’s on you if you pegged Cupcakke as pure provocateur—on Eden, she’s limitless.

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About cupcakKe

Chicago rapper CupcakKe achieved viral success and critical acclaim with her brazen, unapologetically explicit songs and videos. Her work explores sexuality in graphic detail, and while many of her songs are humorous and playful, she has more serious, introspective material that deals with sexual abuse ("Pedophile") and racial issues ("Picking Cotton"). Elizabeth Eden Harris was born in Chicago in 1997. At the age of 14, she began writing religious-themed poetry, performing in local churches. She started turning her poems into raps and uploading them to YouTube, receiving thousands of views. In late 2015, inspired by Khia's hit "My Neck, My Back," she decided to write sexually explicit material. The videos "Vagina" and "Deepthroat" appeared and quickly spread throughout the Internet like wildfire. Both songs appeared on her debut mixtape, Cum Cake, in February of 2016. S.T.D (Shelters to Deltas), named for Harris' years spent in homeless shelters, followed in June, and the studio album Audacious arrived in October. The releases received praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, MTV News, and numerous hip-hop websites. Harris guested on Charli XCX's song "Lipgloss," which appeared on her March 2017 mixtape, Number 1 Angel. CupcakKe's second studio album, Queen Elizabitch, appeared soon after, and the rapper toured across North America twice during the year, in addition to releasing two subsequent singles, "Exit" and "Cartoons." Both songs appeared on her third studio album, Ephorize, which dropped near the beginning of 2018. ~ Paul Simpson

HOMETOWN
Chicago, IL
BORN
31 May 1997

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