From the smooth blues days of erotic metaphors to the more explicit reign of Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, sex has always been a part of music. This isn’t a problem; after all, music is the expression of human life and sex is a part of that. Possibly, no musician understands this better than the rapper known as Cupcakke. Learn more about her below.
Who Is Cupcakke?
This rapper is on the rise as one of the best talents of modern rap. Cupcakke, through her music, is evoking a rawness in expression to one of humanity’s most basic instinct, sex. Born Elizabeth Eden Harris in Chicago, Illinois on the 31st of May, 1997, she was raised by a single mother, with whom she has developed a close and intimate relationship, telling a journalist that she is her only friend.
The beginning of Cupcakke’s life wasn’t easy. Between the ages of seven and eleven, she lived in homeless shelters in Chicago. Despite her financial disability, Cupcakke attended high school, growing up and attending the same school as Chicago-raised rappers, Chief Keef and Lil Reese.
Her entry into the music world started at the age of 10 when she started writing verses and singing at her local church. While she was at the church, Cupcakke began learning the art of performing for an audience, performing in front of pastors and church members, reciting poetry about her faith in Christ.
If you wonder how a girl who was ingrained in the Christian faith turned into a 21st-century sex activist, it was at the behest of a friend who admired her poetry and encouraged her to turn them into rap. Her discovery of the rap genre is what could be discovered as opening Pandora’s box. She fell in love with acts like 50 Cent, Da Brat, Lil Kim, all influencing her flow and rap style. When she fell in love with rap, she was 13 years old.
Like almost every modern rising musician, she broke into public consciousness after releasing a video on the video sharing platform, YouTube. She released her first track Gold Digger on her channel in August 2012. The video went viral but was ultimately taken down by the Lords of YouTube. Between 2012 and 2014, Cupcakke dedicated herself to releasing covers of other songs and original music, amassing over 300,000 subscribers.
She released her first mixtape, Cum Cake in 2016. Before that, she released the video to one of her original songs, Vagina, in 2015. Like Gold Digger, the video went viral due to its extremely explicit lyrics and photographic raunchiness. With the release of her mixtape, Cum Cake, Cupcakke signaled her arrival onto the music scene as a serious artist.
Despite her popular explicit lyrics, she has passed messages about sexual assault, poverty, love, loss, and slavery. Since the release of Cum Cake, she has released five music projects, including a fourth studio album, Eden, released in 2018.
Fascinating Facts About The Rapper
1. She made Rolling Stone’s 2016 list of Best Rap Albums
Rolling Stone has the legacy of being one of the music industry’s most iconic and respected publication. After the release of Cupcakke’s Shelters to Deltas, the publication named the mixtape in their June 2016 list of best ap albums for the year.
2. She doesn’t drink or smoke
Those who are familiar with Cupcakke’s music will find it shocking that she doesn’t smoke or drink, but that is the chosen lifestyle of the Chicago rapper, which makes it all the more impressive that her sexual music is an expression of her beliefs and not a gimmick for cheap fame.
3. She’s a charitable rapper
Cupcakke currently has a loyal fanbase who resonate with her music and more importantly, her personality. In turn, Cupcakke has given back to her fans in various donations and events, including a party for one of her videos where she invited fans from all over the country to be a part of it. She provided shelter and fed them.
4. Cupcakke is a Touring Artist
As a rising musician, taking your music to the fans is one of the important steps in growing your brand and Cupcakke has done it well so far. She has been on four tours with the last being a tour for her Eden album.
5. She’s a big supporter of the gay community
Unexpected of a sexually progressive artist, Cupcakke is a vocal supporter of the gay community and the community has in turn been identified to be one of her biggest fan groups.