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Cupcakke

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CupcakKe

CupcakKe in 2017
Background information
Birth name Elizabeth Eden Harris
May 31, 1997 (age 20)[1]
Born
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
 Hip hop
Genres  dirty rap

 Rapper
Occupation(s)  songwriter

Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Charli XCX Brooke Candy
Website Official website

Elizabeth Eden Harris (born May 31, 1997), known professionally as Cupcakke (often stylized
as cupcakKe), is an American rapper and singer from Chicago, Illinois.

Harris began her career as a rapper by releasing material through the internet in late 2012. In
2015, two of her songs, "Deepthroat" and "Vagina", went viral on video sharing websites such as
YouTube and WorldStarHipHop.[2] The songs were later included on her debut mixtape Cum
Cake, which was released in February 2016 and placed at #23 in Rolling Stone's "Best Rap
Albums of 2016" list[3] and received attention from Pitchfork.[4] Her hyper-sexualized and often
comical lyrical content has gained her songs notoriety across the internet, and she has since
developed a strong online fanbase whom she nicknamed "slurpers".[5][2]

Her second mixtape, S.T.D (Shelters to Deltas), was released in 2016 and was included in
Rolling Stone's June 2016 list of the "Best Rap Albums of 2016 So Far".[6] She has also received
attention from music publications Complex[7] and The Fader.[8]

Following the release of her mixtapes, Harris debuted her album Audacious in 2016. Her second
studio album Queen Elizabitch was released in 2017. In 2018, it was followed by her third studio
album Ephorize.

Contents
 1 Early life
 2 Career
o 2.1 2012–2014: Early output
o 2.2 2015–2016: Cum Cake, S.T.D (Shelters to Deltas), and Audacious
o 2.3 2017–present: Queen Elizabitch and Ephorize
 3 Discography
 4 Tours
 5 See also
 6 References

Early life
Harris was born on May 31, 1997,[1] in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised on King Drive, near
Parkway Gardens. Being raised by a single mother, Harris spent nearly four years in Chicago’s
homeless shelters starting at age seven.[9] She grew up and went to school with other established
Chicago rappers such as Lil Reese and Chief Keef. She got an early start into music and poetry at
the age of 10 by her involvement in her local church. It was also there that she got her start in
performing, where she would perform for her local pastors by reciting poetry about her
Christianity and faith.[10]

When she was 13, she met a fellow church-goer who encouraged her to turn the poetry into rap
music, and she became infatuated with the new art form. She cites 50 Cent, Lil Kim, & Da Brat
as early influences to her musical style.[11][10]

Career
2012–2014: Early output

Harris released her first music video, "Gold Digger" onto her official YouTube channel in
August 2012, which went viral on the internet. She was only 15 at the time of its release—the
original video has since been deleted.[12] Over the next few years, she continued to release
original music, as well as freestyles using beats from other artists, through her YouTube channel,
where she has amassed over 300,000 subscribers.[13]

2015–2016: Cum Cake, S.T.D (Shelters to Deltas), and Audacious

In October 2015, the official music video for her song "Vagina" was released on YouTube via
YMCFilmz. According to Cupcakke, she wrote the song because she was inspired by Khia's
song "My Neck, My Back".[14] One month later, Harris released "Deepthroat" on her own
channel. Within weeks, the two videos went viral on YouTube, Worldstar, and Facebook due to
their overt sexual nature and raunchiness. The songs later became singles for Harris' debut
mixtape, Cum Cake, which was released in February 2016. Its release was also supported by
further singles such as "Juicy Coochie", "Tit for Tat", and "Pedophile". A writer for Pitchfork
called the mixtape a "well rounded introduction to a skilled writer" and said it used songs "about
love, loss, and hardship with its more explicit tracks to create a full profile of the up-and-coming
Chicago rapper".[4] "Pedophile" was also specifically noted for its powerful lyrics and blunt
commentary on sexual assault.[15]

In June 2016, Harris released her second mixtape, S.T.D (Shelters to Deltas) It was preceded by
the single "Best Dick Sucker". Other tracks, such as "Doggy Style" and "Motherlands", were also
later released as singles. The mixtape was listed among Rolling Stone's "Best Rap Albums of
2016 So Far".[16]

In October 2016, Harris released her debut studio album, Audacious.[17] The album was preceded
by the single "Picking Cotton", which was described by MTV News as "a protest song about
racist cops".[18] Other tracks on the album such as "Spider-Man Dick" and "LGBT" were
accompanied by music videos.

2017–present: Queen Elizabitch and Ephorize

In February 2017, Harris released "Cumshot", which served as the lead single to her second
studio album.[19] On March 7, English singer-songwriter Charli XCX premiered her song
"Lipgloss", which featured CupcakKe. The song was later included on XCX's mixtape, Number
1 Angel, which was released on March 10.[20]

On March 24, 2017, Harris officially announced her second studio album, titled Queen
Elizabitch, which was released on March 31, 2017.[21] The Fader described it as "the type of
nasty rap that made her a viral sensation, alongside all-out pop bangers like "33rd" and the
confessional a cappella freestyle "Reality, Pt. 4."[22] Stereogum also 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".[23]

On April 7, 2017, Queen Elizabitch was removed from online streaming services and digital
music stores due to an illegal backing track that Harris had purchased from what she described as
a "shady producer". She soon announced on Twitter that Queen Elizabitch would be re-released
on April 16, 2017.[24][25][26]
On September 1, 2017, Cupcakke revealed a new single, "Exit", and its release date on her
Instagram account.[27] It became available for digital download on September 15, 2017.[28] On
November 6, 2017, Cupcakke announced on her Twitter the release of her new single,
"Cartoons".[29] It was released November 10, 2017.[30]

On December 20, 2017, Cupcakke announced through Twitter that her third studio album,
Ephorize, would be released on January 5, 2018.[31] 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."[32] HotNewHipHop commented that "Ephorize might be one of the most introspective
bodies of work she's dropped off to date."[33] Pitchfork awarded the album with the publication's
"Best New Music" accolade, calling it Cupcakke's "best album yet, with terrific production and a
barrage of raps that reveal Elizabeth Harris to be far more than her hilarious and absurdly
raunchy one-liners."[34]

On January 15, 2018, Harris posted the music video for her song "Duck Duck Goose", from
Ephorize, on YouTube[35] which garnered much attention from music publication sites such as
Vice[36] and Genius.[37][38] The Fader wrote about it, stating that the "visual features the Chicago
rapper showing off an extensive collection of dildos as well as a souvenir Statue of Liberty."[39]
On February 20, the music video for "Fullest", another track from Ephorize, was released[40]
which drew more attention with Out calling it "a house party for the Instagram generation...
Millennial pink palette: check. Inflatable pool animal: check. Neon backlighting to ensure
everyone finds their best angle: check."[41] The video was also recognized by international
publications such as Konbini[42] and Ismorbo.[43]

Discography
 Cum Cake (2016)
 S.T.D (Shelters to Deltas) (2016)
 Audacious (2016)
 Queen Elizabitch (2017)
 Ephorize (2018)