On Friday, September 22nd, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes CupkKake to the WOW Hall.
Elizabeth Eden Harris (born May 31, 1997), known as “CupcakKe”, is a rapper and songwriter born and raised in Chicago. Elizabeth began rapping at the age of 14, starting off doing church poetry, she received the nickname “CupcakKe’‘ and she later began to rap. First song “Gold Digger’’ went viral on internet in 2012. Songs as ‘’Money’’ (2012) ,‘’Figgas Over Niggas’’ (2013) and ‘’Yo Lost’’ (2014) gained attention. In 2015 she broke the internet with her sexually charged anthems “Vagina” and “Deepthroat’’ and in February 2016 she released her first album entitled “Cum Cake”.
“People were thinking, ‘She’s so vulgar. She’s bold. We’re going to get a mixtape that’s nasty.’ And then they come to find out there are only three songs on the mixtape that are [explicit],” said CupcakKe for Columbus Alive about the album. “Cum Cake” gained attention of music publications such as Complex and Paper Magazine, which premiered the single “Pedophile”, where she details the story of being a minor who was involved in a relationship with an older man.
In June 2016, CupcakKe announced her second album entitled “S.T.D” which was considered one of the Best Rap Album of 2016 by Rolling Stone Magazine. The same month, The Fader Magazine commented about CupcakKe being one of the 21 rappers to feel excited about. Pitchfork commented CupcakKe’s career thus far may be defined by her ability to turn out great raunchy anthems, but she is capable of so much more.
Harris released her third album, Audacious in October 2016. The album was preceded by the single “Picking Cotton”, which was described by MTV News as “a protest song about racist cops”. In an interview Harris stated that she made the song “LGBT” “…strictly for the gay community to know that they are loved and don’t need to feel judged.”
Queen Elizabitch, was released on March 31, 2017. Stereogum noted that the album “sees CupcakKe engaging with the current political climate and radio trends in a way that could help her cross over to a more mainstream audience”.
Her fifthy album, Ephorize, was released on January 5, 2018. Exclaim! called it “her most polished work to date” and noted that “she still slides in plenty of deliciously dirty one-liners throughout the new record.” On November 2018, Harris released her sixty album, Eden.
CupcakKe most recent single, “Discounts” was released on June 26, 2020. The song peaked at number 78 on the UK Singles Downloads Chart and number 80 on the UK Singles Sales Chart, becoming her first single to do so.
Writing is … my friend. It’s family. I know it’s just words, but it’s something close to me. That’s how I look at it. — CupcakKe