Cupcakke, also known as Elizabeth Harris, is a rising star in the rap game and on the Billboard charts with her latest album Eurphorize. She is an internet sensation reaching over 20 million views on YouTube, 900k listeners on Spotify while making a record-breaking feature in Forbes for selling out shows across North America. TUC had the opportunity to speak with the sexually positive Chicago native to discuss her new album, inspirations, and admirable confidence.
Starr: Where did the name Cupcakke come from?
Cupcakke: Someone actually told me “ You should name yourself Cupcakke because you are a very sweet girl”. I was like really? That sounds corny so now when people ask I just say it’s because my pussy sweet like a cupcake.
Starr: I know you grew up doing church poetry. Did you know then you wanted to rap? How did it turn into a career?
Cupcakke: I did start out doing church poetry but then someone said I should flip this into rapping and that I’ll make money that way. I didn’t make money at the time but I said to myself let me just try this and see.
Starr: You have barrrrrsssss, who is your inspiration?
Cupcakke: I don’t have an inspiration but I do like Rihanna’s sexuality and I love Chance the Rapper because he’s super independent.
Starr: I’m curious to know what made you go so hard on the sexual route?
Cupcakke: I don’t know. To this day you count all my songs it’s probably seven songs out of hundreds of songs that are sexual. So I try to just to make one or two songs off of every album sexual. Just to give them that flavor, and make sure they know I’m not changing up.
Starr: With that said, have you ever been a little self-conscious about what people would think?
Cupcakke: No, noooooo!
Starr: That’s what’s up! So tell me about your new album.
Cupcakke: Eurphorize was made to be on more on the lit side than serious. Audacious is very serious and Queen Elizabitch is serious with some lit songs. This one was made to just be lit. You have one or two songs that are serious songs but other than that the other ones are just fun and lit- especially “Duck Duck Goose”, that’s my favorite.
Starr: That’s one of my favorites too! When I was on your Instagram page I got a feel for your personality and you are so sweet! You’re definitely more diverse than what people would think!
Cupcakke: Yea everyone thinks I’m ratchet and crazy. People don’t know Elizabeth they just judge Cupcakke saying, “She’s so ratchet, she’s this and that, wow she’s crazy.” But it’s the total opposite. Never judge a book by its cover.
Starr: For you to have all this personality, what made you not care about what people would think and put out whatever music you wanted to put out?
Cupcakke: From the beginning, I was just like “I don’t give a fuck.” That’s what kinda got me here, not giving a fuck. I think someone who cares would not put out what I put out. When I write I don’t care, I just say suck my dick, but everyone does it. For the most part, everyone over the age of 18 is sucking dick at this point. It’s 2018 so I’m just being blunt and straightforward.
Starr: That’s the truth. And you’ve been in the game since 2012? 13?
Cupcakke: I honestly don’t remember at this point but I was 14 so yea.
Starr: So what would you say are the disadvantages and advantages of being a female artist?
Cupcakke: I don’t see any disadvantages except for when people hear about a female rapper they automatically say, “O another female who thinks she can rap” that’s the only thing that gets on my nerves.
Starr: What is your perspective on True Urban culture?
Cupcakke: Well on Eurphorize the song “ Self Interview” it speaks on it. I made that song to relate to the culture. In the song, I say “We used to have overalls and lipgloss that’s the usual nowadays I have to wear sew ins and show skin to feel beautiful.” It’s a lot I talk about in that song that is for the urban culture.