Album Review: cupcakKe – Queen Elizabitch

By Elle Moore, Contributor
[Self-Released; 2017]
Rating: 8.5/10

Key Tracks: “Biggie Smalls,” “Civilized,” “Reality, Pt. 4”

Queen Elizabitch is the fourth studio album from Chicago-based rapper cupcakKe. This album comes in the wake of anthems like “Deepthroat,” “LGBT,” and “Spider-Man Dick”. Being in a scene where it can be so tough to distinguish yourself, cupcakKe has proven time and time again that she’s up to the challenge. Not only is she an amazing artist, but she’s an amazing person. Donating to fans’ GoFundMe’s to get out of abusive homes, putting people up in hotel rooms so they have a bed to sleep in, even donating $1,500 to the homeless shelter she used to stay in. No other artist has a personality or sounds like cupcakKe.

The lyric ability of cupcakKe is no secret. Despite being known for her sex driven songs, her more serious songs are just as strong. The album’s opening track, “Scraps,” depicts her life growing up on the streets of Chicago. Laid over a basic EDM track featuring some trumpet, the story of struggling to survive with little money, little family and little hope hits hard. The next few tracks cover a whole spectrum of topics, from dealing with hate and toxic relationships, having great sex and a typical “don’t fuck with me” kind of track. Despite these songs having a common theme of struggle, hate and sex, “Biggie Smalls” stands out from the pack. Dealing with body image is tough, especially as a woman of color, yet cupcakKe tackles the issue in a positive way, not dragging down other women, a common issue in body positivity.

After “Biggie Smalls,” cupcakKe graces us with two sex positive songs. “Barcodes” is backed by a jazz-influenced instrumental, in which she takes a stance on earning money for her services, but does it in a way as to boost herself up. Then comes “Cumshot,” a club anthem if there is to be one on the album. These two songs make you want to get up and dance like no one is watching.

Closing out the album is “Reality, Pt.4,” which is more of a poem than a song. Going full acapella, cupcakKe vocalizes about past experiences. It dives more in-depth to how she survived in poverty, and is similar to the opening track, making the album come full circle. If there was any way to wrap up this album, this was the only way.

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