Cup­cakKe – Eden Words Daniel Me­garry

Gay Times Magazine - - REVIEW -

Cup­cakKe might just be the hardest-work­ing rap­per in the game. In the space of three years, the Chicago-born rap­per has dropped four stu­dio al­bums and two mix­tapes, col­lab­o­rated with Charli XCX and Kelela, and filled the rest of her sched­ule with sold-out tours of the US and UK. With each re­lease, her fol­low­ing of Slurpers – yes, that’s what she calls her loyal fans – grows big­ger, thanks in no small part to vi­ral hits like Vagina and Cumshot.

But there’s more to Cup­cakKe than just sex, and on Eden she pushes her unique brand of so­cially con­scious rap to the ex­treme. Ce­real and Wa­ter sees the rap­per direct the lis­tener’s at­ten­tion to a list of so­cial jus­tice is­sues in­clud­ing racism, “dead­beat” par­ents who aban­don their chil­dren, and the cor­rup­tion of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. There’s even a clos­ing track ded­i­cated to peo­ple liv­ing with autism, and while it might be a lit­tle jar­ring on such an ex­plicit al­bum, the in­tent cer­tainly can’t be faulted.

Things get in­tro­spec­tive on Dan­gled, a rare dis­play of vul­ner­a­bil­ity from the hy­per-con­fi­dent rap­per as she opens up about heart­break and puts an un­faith­ful ex on blast. Al­bum opener Pet Smart, a re­lent­less track that takes aim at her de­trac­tors, de­liv­ers one of her most lyri­cally ac­com­plished mo­ments to date; it’s lit­tered with ra­zor-sharp pop cul­ture ref­er­ences, from Azealia Banks’ soap busi­ness to the time Wendy Wil­liams fa­mously fainted on live TV, and her flow never once lets up. The rest of the al­bum is just as witty. “The dick like Ari­ana pony­tail ‘cause I swear that shit was the long­est,” she teases on sin­gle Black­jack.

As a whole, Eden feels like an at­tempt to prove her­self as a true artist – and it def­i­nitely achieves that – but OG fans will be glad to know the al­bum’s still got a hand­ful of sex-pos­i­tive bangers in its reper­toire. On stand­out track Typo, she raps of dick and en­e­mas over stabby synths that echo Iggy Aza­lea’s smash hit Fancy, while Garfield is a trop­i­cal pop bop that sees Cup­cakKe use the food lov­ing car­toon cat as a metaphor to de­scribe how fat her “pussy” is. Four stu­dio al­bums in, and Cup­cakKe’s found the per­fect bal­ance be­tween fun, unapologetic sex­u­al­ity and so­cial aware­ness. It’s about time peo­ple start tak­ing her se­ri­ously.

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