CupcakKe’s Ephorize Album Review
Famed for her witty, raw and vulgar lyrics, the Chicago native doesn’t disappoint with her latest release
Eden Elizabeth Harris aka CupcakKe has definitely come a long way since releasing her first music video ‘Gold Digger’ on her YouTube channel in 2012 at the tender age of 15. What followed was her first mixtape, Cum Cake, which was released in early 2016.
Notable tunes from that album that quickly made her into a meme were risque hits “Vagina” and “Deepthroat”. It was keeping to the consistency of artistry that she found success with the release of Queen Elizabeth in 2017.
However, her latest album cover art unveiling on Twitter demonstrated the 20 year old was taking her music more seriously.
Famed for her witty, raw and vulgar lyrics, the Chicago native doesn’t disappoint with Ephorize. The fifteen track album was “meaty” and left me wanting more.
The album starts with “2 Minutes” which sets the tone for the following tracks. Eden raps uplifting bars about counting blessings, staying strong when times get tough, looking at your flaws as strengths and knowing who your true friends are. “Life go up and down like a light switch,hang in there with a tight grip, when times get darker than a night shift”
The second track, “Cartoons” introduces the listener to CupcakKe’s style of hard hitting sex-positive rhymes alongside beats you could bop your head to. Next came “Duck Duck Goose”, no, it isn’t about the game you played as a child. Think “Deepthroat” but.. Cringey? (Fake moans included.)
CupcakKe has been a long time supporter of the LGBTQI movement, and “Crayons” will be her second tribute track in her discography. The track discusses issues that the community face, such as gender stereotypes. “Man got a man, that’s what’s up, love is love, who give a fuck? Girl on girl, they like ”yup”. But when it’s a man on man they like ‘yuck’.
The beauty of Ephorize lies in Eden’s ability to write poetic versus that don’t have to do with the usual drinking and partying. This is best exhibited in “Self Interview”, where she shows her vulnerability and raps about the struggles of being female as well as coming to grasps with fame.
Her unique approach to subject matters like being comfortable in your own skin, the existing double standard in gender stereotypes and the notion of modern beauty don’t feel like a bitch slap to the face, but rather forces the listener to self-reflect. “Back then we had lipgloss and some overalls, that’s the usual. Nowadays, I gotta show skin and wear sew-ins to feel beautiful.”
Although a little confronting at first, Ephorize left me clicking my fingers, whispering “YASS KWEEN” and feeling tremendously liberated. CupcakKe might not compare to other female rappers, but she sure as hell is standing her ground and is a MC on the rise.
Song quality 1.7/ 2.5
Lyrical content 2.0/ 2.5
Freshness 1.9/ 2.5
Production 1.9/ 2.5
Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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