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Rapper’s NSFW Track Has A Message Of Love For The LGBTQ Community That Needs To Be Heard

“That’s who you are, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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If CupcakKe's track "LGBT" was a shoutout, her track "Crayons" is a full-fledged rallying cry. The lyrics are as affirming as they are NSFW, and they double down on this Chicago rapper's devotion to equality and sex-positivity.

"Boy on boy, girl on girl / Like who the fuck you like / Fuck the world," CupcakKe raps in the track's hook. Then comes the bride: "Transgenders are people / So I'ma treat 'em equal"


"Crayons" made its debut with the January 5 independent release of Ephorize — this 20-year-old's third studio album — and already Pitchfork has named it a Best New Track.

Warning: The song's lyrics may be NSFW.

"CupcakKe, one of the most exciting new voices in rap, expands her sex-positive mission on 'Crayons,' an LGBT anthem that takes on homophobia and transphobia headlong while celebrating love, desire, and identity," writes Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce. "The Chicago MC has always boldly brandished her sexuality in her raps, but now she widens her scope to include every stripe of the rainbow flag."

Born Elizabeth Eden Harris, CupcakKe was raised by a single mother on Chicago's South Side and lived in homeless shelters for nearly four years, according to Columbus Alive. Around age 10, she started writing poetry, and eventually, she started rapping. By 2015, she had hit it big on YouTube and WorldStarHipHop with her songs "Deepthroat" and "Vagina." That success led to her first mixtape, which Rolling Stone ranked No. 23 in its Best Rap Albums of 2016 list. 

"Lewd and unapologetic, her persona recalls the in-your-face provocation of hip-hop's Blowfly roots, a 2016 Too $hort whose clever lyrics are as shocking in their unpredictable originality as they are for their up-front sexuality," the magazine raved.

In March 2017, she explained her devotion to LGBT equality in an interview with Out:

"The LGBT community is so so special to me because it's like, people treat them so bad; like the ones I be around — they just get treated so bad," she said. "Growing up, I always saw that people who's less fortunate, [such as] people that's part of the LGBT community,  they get treated so different … Everyone deserves love no matter who you like or who you want to marry. If you like a gal [and/or] guy that's on you, and have fun with it. That's who you are, and there's nothing wrong with that."

(H/T: Towleroad)

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