I first heard Chicago rapper CupcakKe back in November 2016 with the release of her record Audacious. It was a super eclectic mix of song topics ranging everywhere from hedonistic and dirty sex acts, to police brutality, LGBTQ rights, and abortion. She’s had a couple mixtapes since then, but I hadn’t checked back in with CupcakKe until her latest single “Exit,” placed here on her new record Ephorize.
One of her most pop-oriented tracks yet, “Exit” adds to the vast repertoire and subject matter that CupcakKe has acquired over the years, but not every track on Ephorize is as left field from CupcakKe’s usual fall back. CupcakKe’s forte, whether that be good or bad, is in her nastiest material. It may not be what I what to hear, but it’s clear that the downright dirty and grimy sex material is where she excels. Clearly following in Hard Core by Lil’ Kim’s footsteps, CupcakKe’s raunchy lyrics read pretty horrifically:
“Duck Duck Goose” Verse 1:
I thought I came but I peed on the d***
Pubic hair got inches, that’s weave on the d***
P**** like a tree, it got leaves on the s***
Bang bang this p****, Chief Keef with the d***
Climbing on that d***, need a 10 feet ladder
I love the D, that’s my favorite letter
My nudes in your phone, takin’ up your data
My cakes got fatter by using c** as the batter
Look down to your d*** and tell him I won’t disappoint it
P**** on punishment if she miss a d*** appointment
Sloppy toppy for papi, leave sloppy Joe shook
I only call you Captain, ’cause your d*** is off the hook
On one side of the argument, I believe that for every male-led song about women, there should be an equivalently nasty song by women about men. It’s only fair, as CupcakKe squashes the unspoken double-standard in rap music, a genre saturated with men. For instance, for every “Peekaboo” by Migos and Lil Yachty, there should be a “Duck Duck Goose” by CupcakKe.
On the other hand, just because it’s empowering for CupcakKe to release a song like “Duck Duck Goose” doesn’t make it “good.” While I may ideologically enjoy that CupcaKke can rap about sexually objectifying men as much as male rappers do to women, I’ve never wanted to listen to either version. “Peekaboo,” a song wherein Migos and Lil Yachty compare women’s vaginas to a childhood game, is not only pretty offensive, but incredibly unsexy. It’s mirror, CupcakKe’s “Duck Duck Goose,” is even more raunchy, despite at least some decent wordplay, but functions entirely the same way.
“Duck Duck Goose” might not represent all of Ephorize, just like similar songs didn’t encompass all of Audacious, but its clear that such themes are something CupcakKe not only identifies with as an artist, but follows her for multiple tracks on every album. While it’s great that female MC’s can feel as comfortable rapping about sexual desires and acts as much as the rest of the male dominant field, it’s still something I have no interest in hearing from either side.
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