Queen Elizabitch

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Queen Elizabitch
Queen Elizabitch album cover.png
Studio album by CupcakKe
Released March 31, 2017 (2017-03-31)
Genre Hip hop[1]
Length 38:52
Label Self-released
CupcakKe chronology
Audacious
(2016)
Queen Elizabitch
(2017)
Ephorize
(2018)
Singles from Queen Elizabitch
  1. "Cumshot"
    Released: February 24, 2017

Queen Elizabitch is the second studio album by rapper CupcakKe. It was self-released on March 31, 2017 via Tunecore.

Background and release[edit]

On March 28, CupcakKe revealed the album cover and track listing.[2] Queen Elizabitch was self-released on March 31, 2017.[3]

On April 8, the album was briefly removed from streaming services due to a production discrepancy, but returned days later.[4]

Composition[edit]

According to Pitchfork writer Briana Younger, album opener "Scraps" features "disquieting keys and decaying synths".[5] "33rd" has been described in The Fader as an "all-out pop banger".[6] Pitchfork's Younger also described "Biggie Smalls" as a body-positive song about beauty standards and eating disorders, and its production as a "jungle-like trance".[5] She pointed to "Tarzan" as a drill track,[5] while she and The Fader as well as Stereogum referred to the album closer "Reality Pt. 4" as an a capella track reflecting on Cupcakke's life and politics.[5][6][7]

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Cumshot" was released as a digital download on February 24, 2017 as the album's lead single.[5][8]

Music videos[edit]

"Cumshot" received a music video on March 10, 2017.[9] "Reality Pt. 4" received a black-and-white music video on April 19, 2017. The visual was described by Pranav Trewn of Stereogum as "dark".[7][10] "Quick Thought" received a music video on May 14, 2017. It was directed by Brandon Holmes. According to Peter Helman of Stereogum, the video features CupcakKe as the leader of a "colorful stick-up crew armed with bright red guns".[11][12] "CPR" received a music video on May 29, 2017.[13] "Biggie Smalls" came out with a music video on June 16, 2017.[14] "33rd" received a video on July 2, 2017.[15] "Barcodes" received a music video on July 17, 2017.[16] "Scraps" received a music video on August 8, 2017.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Pitchfork7.6/10[5]

Pitchfork writer Briana Younger wrote of the album thus: "The amazingly explicit Chicago rapper has begun to embody the totality of her experience on record. Social issues, violence, and wild sex are all approached with the same fiery conviction."[5] The album was included on Rolling Stone's "40 Best Rap Albums of 2017" list at position 17.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Adapted from the iTunes album credits.[3]

No.TitleLength
1."Scraps"3:24
2."33rd"3:40
3."CPR"3:28
4."Author"3:24
5."Quick Thought"3:25
6."Biggie Smalls"3:51
7."Barcodes"3:01
8."Cumshot"3:29
9."Civilized"3:01
10."Toys "R" Us"2:29
11."Tarzan"3:05
12."Reality, Pt. 4"2:34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "40 Best Rap Albums of 2017". Rolling Stone. December 22, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Wass, Mike (March 27, 2017). "CupcakKe Unveils The Cover Of New LP, 'Queen Elizabitch'". Idolator. Hive Media. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Queen Elizabitch by cupcakKe on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Lee, Christina (April 8, 2017). "Cupcakke's 'Queen Elizabitch' Taken Down From Streaming Services". Idolator. Hive Media. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Younger, Briana. "CupcaKke: Queen Elizabitch". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Dandridge-Lemco, Ben (March 31, 2017). "Listen To CupcakKe's New Album Queen Elizabitch". The Fader. The Fader Media. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Trewn, Pranav (April 19, 2017). "CupcakKe – "Reality Pt 4" Video". Stereogum. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Cumshot - Single". iTunes. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "CupcakKe - Cumshot (Official Music Video)". YouTube. March 10, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "CupcakKe - Reality Pt 4 (Official Music Video)". YouTube. April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "CupcakKe - Quick Thought (Official Video)". YouTube. May 14, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Helman, Peter (May 14, 2017). "CupcakKe – "Quick Thought" Video". Stereogum. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  13. ^ "CupcakKe - CPR (Official Music Video)". YouTube. May 29, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "CupcakKe - Biggie Smalls (Official Music Video)". YouTube. June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  15. ^ cupcakKe (July 2, 2017). "CupcakKe - 33rd" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ cupcakKe (July 17, 2017). "CupcakKe - Barcodes" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ cupcakKe (August 8, 2017). "CupcakKe - Scraps" – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "40 Best Rap Albums of 2017". Rolling Stone. December 22, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.