Written By: Kayleigh King
It seems apt that the word ‘Queen’ is in the title of CupcakKe’s newest album. The 20 year-old Chicago rapper, CupcakKe has made the headlines for more than just her music recently. Her social media presence is both heart-warming and hilarious, slapping down haters with one tweet and reaching out to in-need fans with the next.
‘Queen Elizabitch’ is as upfront and provocative as I have come to expect and love from CupcakKe, but new listeners may be slightly shocked by her sound. This self-written album is a golden resource of rap that addresses the many well-trodden issues such as sex, money and a rough upbringing but it isn’t presented as rap can sometimes be, with a boastful, fake facade. Her explicit lyrics spit the truth of sexual freedom and body positivity that we don’t find that often, anywhere, let alone the music industry. Her words are a tonic to the myriad of recycled crap that flows through the music industry today. She refuses to shy away from the ugly truth of sex, and how women are perceived because of their enjoyment of sexual acts. This is glaringly obvious on the track ‘Cumshot’. Her wisdom comes from a place of experience far beyond her years, yet she doesn’t lament on this or try and play a victim. Her songs come from a place of strength and wound into every track is advice with a thread of a few cautionary tales thrown in for good measure.
Fans of rap music won’t flinch at the explicit language, and even if rap isn’t usually your thing I urge you to listen. Each track is stellar, but two stand-out tracks for me are ‘Barcodes’ and ‘Civilised’.
‘Barcodes’ is an anthem of sexual positivity and financial advice for young women (and some men) everywhere. The lyrics are brutally honest, and even if you disagree with the message you can’t disagree with the way the message is delivered.
‘Civilised’ is the closest thing to a love song you are going to get from CupcakKe, the instrumental portion of the track is basic but that is a positive as the words are all you need to concern yourself with. CupcakKe doesn’t need obnoxious beats or gimmicky hooks.
The entire album is a journey, and the destination is the final track ‘Reality, pt. 4’. It was only after listening to the track multiple times did I realise that there is no instrumental track at all. More than a rap, ‘Reality’ feel like a slam poem that enters your brain and stays there long after you have stopped listening.
CupcakKe may only be 20 years old, but she has been through so much and her career is on a well deserved upward trajectory. Each track she puts out feels like her best work, then she puts out another and everything is thrown into question. Long live the Queen!