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CUPCAKKE - Queen Elizabitch

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According to Elizabeth Harris' Twitter profile, she will be "going to suck 2017 dicks in 2017". No surprise then, if her first album – or her second, depending on how they are counted – stays quite similar to her three 2016 projects: Cum Cake, S.T.D., and Audacious. With Queen Elizabitch, once again, the Chicago rapper delivers hardcore pornographic lyrics, making Lil' Kim look like a girl scout. The humorous "CPR", for example, is dedicated to her passion for sex, and it is full of suction and orgasmic sounds. "I got 3 holes for it like a pretzel", does she say on it; or "I fuck doggy style so much I need to go to the vet". And on "Cumshot", she expects her partner to ejaculate in each of her orifices. Hey, that's classy! CUPCAKKE - Queen Elizabitch

Self released :: 2017 :: buy the album

The exaggeratedly explicit lyrics on Queen Elizabitch are misleading, though. In reality, CupcakKe's is aiming at a large audience. While tracks like "Author", "Quick Thought" and the threatening "Tarzan" use harrowing and repetitive sounds, not too far from those of drill music – after all, Elizabeth used to be Chief Keef's classmate – others have mainstream melodies, like the diss track "33rd", or the bouncy "CPR", "Biggie Smalls", and "Cumshot". Harris, actually, shines much beyond rap's little world. She featured on pop singer Charli XCX's last mixtape, and she is also a muse to some homosexuals: a true champion of the LGBT cause, she recently offered a hotel room to a young gay fan kicked out of his home.

As nasty as she wanna be, CupcakKe is still a gentle one. A closer look at her lyrics shows that they are moral. "Biggie Smalls" is not only one of the pop songs on the album: it is a hymn to all kinds of bodies, and a charge against the canons of beauty. "Barcodes" defends the right for women to control their sexuality, be it only dedicated to pleasure. At the end of the day, this is conscious rap. As soon as with her first song, "Scraps", Harris talks about the sufferings in the world. She describes in a raw way the context in which she grew up – as a teenager, she's been homeless for a while – and she spits at her absent father. And with a new episode of her "Reality" series, she delivers some kind of social report, a cappella.

Queen Elizabitch, as CupcakKe's other projects, tells us an old story: the one about the oppressed - the poor, the black, the women, and the ugly, all of them - and their never-ending battles. At the end of the day, its only distinguishing feature is the banalization of pornography, which is also a sign of our times.

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