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All Hail CupcakKe's "Crayons" Video and Her Return to YouTube

Some of the Chicago rapper's videos were taken off the site last week, but she's back with a vengeance.

by Tshepo Mokoena
Mar 26 2018, 1:54pm

Happy Monday! Remember that time CupcakKe rapped the line: "Gay guy brave, taking anal / When they cum that's a volcano"? No? Well, you can revisit her bar from Ephorize album track "Crayons," which celebrates guy-on-guy shagging, LGBTQ+ love and now has a day-glo video to match. The colorful, street party visuals came out over the weekend, on the still-independent rapper's YouTube channel.

It feels obvious to say in big 2018, but adults are entitled to love and/or fuck whichever consenting adults they choose, regardless of those potential partners’ genitalia. And as a rapper, CupcakKe’s never been one to shy away from a line about a shag, so this is basically straddles both the worlds of equality and sex positivity. It’s worth noting that her use of “transgenders” as a noun in the song is dodgy, though. When she raps that “transgenders are people / so I’mma treat ‘em equal” she'd have been better off using the word "transgender" as an adjective instead (ie: "transgender people are people / so I'mma treat 'em equal”—it's not as rhythmically tight, but still works). In the most basic terms, transgender people are people; their gender isn't an all-encompassing definition of who they are, as a noun would imply. Their gender identity is just one part of their person.

But elsewhere, it's great to see CupcakKe back on form. Last week, YouTube reportedly took down her more overtly sexual music videos for "Duck Duck Goose" and "Deepthroat." At the time, on Tuesday, March 20, she tweeted: I kn the fuck y'all didn't delete deepthroat video off YouTube at 23 million views @YouTube PUT IT BACK UP NOW,” and “And they just deleted duck duck goose. one more and my entire channel is gone.” Not long after, the videos reappeared, likely after YouTube users were like 'hehehe, nah.' As a YouTube representative told Pitchfork: “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content.” Fair enough.

Either way, it's a delight to see CupcakKe frolicking in primary colors, surrounded by people who look like they drink water and take their vitamin D supplements in the winter and are as adamant that homophobia and transphobia have no place in society today. Get into it at the top of the page.

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