Warning: this article will mention NSFW language and topics.
If you’ve ever hear of the American rapper “Cupcakke”, you’ll probably be aware of her songs “Vagina” or “Deepthroat”, where she raps jarringly and explicitly about sex. You may also know about her through the various memes that have spawned from these songs.
At first you may be taken aback, or even disgusted by how sexually explicit her lyrics are. However, when you take the chance to look past the first glance of her overtly sexual brand, you will see what she’s really talking about, and the real messages she’s trying to spread.
In an interview, Cupcakke mentioned how her songs are about what she felt (and currently feels) as a teenager and a young person, and how she wants to be able to express these thoughts and feelings through poetry and rap. By putting her thoughts into song, she aids in the sex-positive culture that we are shifting towards as a society, and empower women to have sexual thoughts, and not be ashamed of them.
But even having said this, most of Cupcakke’s songs aren’t even about sex, or “freaky” as she would put it. Most of them are about real, deeper issues.
For example, in her song “Picking Cotton” she talks about rape and police brutality. In her song “Biggie Smalls” she talks about body positivity. In one of my personal favourite songs titled “Self Interview”, Cupcakke raps about reflecting on oneself and why we do things, touching on societal expectations and the double standards that exist within them.
She has also rapped about the LGBT community in her songs “LGBT” and “Crayons”, where she empowers her listeners with the simple message “it is okay to be you”.
In some of her darker songs, she details the sexual abuse in her past, and in the world. In “Pedophile” she talks about a sexual assault she experienced as a teenager at the hands of an older man. She also talks about this experience, and other abusive episodes in her life, in her song-series called “Reality”. She raps about her depression, suicidal thoughts, difficulties within her family and abuse. This is all done with no backing track, allowing the audience to really listen to every word she says, leaving a dramatic impact on them.
Basically, this is a lesson in the old saying: don’t judge a book by its cover. While Cuppcake may seem to be merely a more extra version of any other rapper, with one-dimensional songs that are all about sex, if you take the time to listen to the lyrics or look past her most popular songs, you’ll be able to see a deeper side to Cupcakke.