CupcakKe makes her ATL debut with @K.I.D at Drunken Unicorn on Saturday June 10. Tickets on sale this Friday aT 10am.
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.
In a Canadian suburb, at a convenience store that smells subtly of urine, two teenagers wait to buy cigarettes from the only clerk in the neighborhood who never asks for proof of age.
Sarcastic and groggy, the kids get to talking about their mutual affinities for Zelda and songwriter Lily Allen, who has recently come to prominence via MySpace. They introduce themselves to each other as Kara and Bobby, and barely a week goes by until the pair are congregating regularly at Kara’s house on Raintree Lane, where they help themselves to anything they can find in her mom’s medicine cabinet, and begin to throw together their first original songs.
Soon enough, the duo realize that their town’s music scene doesn’t extend far past bands covering Sublime songs at sports bars. Kara’s neighbor suggests that they take the train into the city to perform at “Elvis Mondays,” an open mic night of repute for Toronto bands.
Embracing the suggestion, Kara and Bobby find a sort of musical home at “Elvis Mondays,” and begin to craft their sound. They start to accept other gigs opening for drag queens, and performing at Mediterranean restaurants that would later get shut down for violating government health regulations.
Kara begins to come into her own as a front woman, eliciting praise around the city for her range and stage presence. Bobby, extremely focused on songwriting, finds his voice as a lyricist, drafting candid songs about sexual frustration, bacne, nihilism and his struggle with clinical depression.
Finally formulating a sound that felt distinctive (Gorillaz meets early Madonna), the two are convinced of their readiness and seek out a producer who can help them craft a garage-inspired album that they know needs to resonate with a generation that has shifted its attention away from bands and over to DJ’s and hip hop.
Soon, K.I.D connects with producer Mike Crossey, of The 1975, Wolf Alice, Arctic Monkeys and Foals infamy. Tweeting their song ‘I Wish I Was Your Cigarette’ at him piques his interest, and a meeting at a K.I.D show in London seals the deal. “We didn’t have sex!” they squeal, but they sure make beautiful music. By February 2016 they’re holed up for three months in an LA studio making a dazzling accidental concept album.