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Meet CupcakKe: The Artist Bringing Realness to Rap

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Photo: CupcakKe “Sweet N’ Low” Video

Nothing about this generation is traditional. We thrive on breaking boundaries and making “equality for all” live up to its true meaning. It can also be said to the artists of our generation – Elizabeth “CupcakKe” Harris being one if them. Her sexually charged lyrics have created a huge buzz on the Internet, specifically on twitter, leading to her large social media presence. Throughout everything – and regardless of popular opinion – she’s molded herself into a feminist icon.

With lyrics such as “Hump me, f*ck me/Daddy better make me choke (you better)/Hump me, f*ck me/My tunnel loves to deepthroat,” it seems unconventional to label her a feminist; most people tend to think that a feminist must be like Taylor Swift. But that’s outrageous (Hey, Britney); CupcakKe is so in charge with her sexuality and so careless about the vile opinions of others. How couldn’t she be a feminist? That’s what makes her a feminist – not caring and doing/saying whatever she wants.

Her most recent work titled “Picking Cotton” from her third album Audacious, presents to you nothing more than black power. The hook “Beat us and treat us so rotten/Still think we slaves we just not picking cotton/Y’all beat us and treat us so rotten” gives us a simple description of the already over-shared story of slavery (there’s really more to the black community than slavery, you know) that somehow still connects to the world today.

To date, she’s still independently releasing her music. In April she told Complex “That’s the reason why I think I’m just better off right now working independent. A label will be like, ‘Hey, you’ve got to sugar coat this line, you’ve got to sugarcoat that down.’ I’m not sugarcoating nothing.” It’s with that attitude that she launched herself into the male-dominated world of rap and created a name for herself. And with her spirit she also managed to land her album, S.T.D., a spot on the “Best Albums of 2016 so far” in Rolling Stone last June.

Hate her or love her, you’ve got to admit that she is, in fact, one of the strongest voices in rap at the moment. She brings a raw edge to her work and is paving her way into legendary status as we speak; there is nothing that can stop this provocative Chicago-native.

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Fernando Reyes
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High-school teenager with interests in fashion, writing and film.

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