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Cupcakke

  • Queen Elizabitch [Bigger Picture, 2017] B+
  • Ephorize [Bigger Picture, 2018] A-
  • Eden [Cupcakke, 2018] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Queen Elizabitch [Bigger Picture, 2017]
The DIY/XXX rapper's 2017 breakthrough album starts with some street sociology and an earned brag before returning to the "fuckin'-for-a-check" rhymes that remain the bliss point of an irrepressible rhymer who never slurs a phrase or swallows a word. But the clincher is "Biggie Smalls," one of several tracks that prove her heart is as big as the rest of her: not just "Stretch marks in a bikini, I'm that damn brave" but "fuck dude if he don't like small boobs," because "Big or small, it's who you are." After which, right, it's back to "Pay the damn price or go home to your wife." But that's who she is whether or not it's who she'll remain. B+

Ephorize [Bigger Picture, 2018]
It would be silly to assume all this homeless-shelter graduate's literotica is literal. But from the armpit-licking "Spoiled Milk Titties" to the dickhead-picking "Duck Duck Goose," believe she's gotten closer to real-life versions of the carnal variations she dreams up than the average Soundcloud trapper has to the carnage he's mumbling about. Not only is her imagery healthier and more humane, not only do her raunchiest rhymes ride her catchiest beats, but she's inserted a public service announcement, cheering on "boy-on-boy" action that'll leave both fellas free to fuck another day. Toward the end she even finds "a new man makes me wet like the ocean." But how about that--before the song is over, he dogs her. A-

Eden [Cupcakke, 2018]
Shows impressive expertise in both sex and the city but devises better hooks for the one that's more fun ("Garfield," "A.U.T.I.S.M.") ***