AOTY 2018
cupcakKe - Eden
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #319 / 706
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
2018 Ratings: #382
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
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80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Eden suggests a sense of preeminence; just as Eve was the original woman, cupcakKe herself stands at the front of the pack in the rap game, a self-actualized artist with her own valid claim to originality and primacy.

80
Highsnobiety

On paper, this scattershot approach might lack cohesion, but by threading each of her signature moans and flexes throughout, she ensures that Eden undoubtedly remains a cupcakKe production through and through.

79
Pitchfork

That ability to blend the real and the absurd, the cartoon and the corporeal, distinguishes CupcakKe from any other rapper. There’s a pulsing power in the center of her songs. It’s the sound of a woman in charge.

76
HipHopDX

Eden is irreverent and far from the crossover moment most other artists would be craving by their fourth album. But clearly, CupcakKe doesn’t care. She’s finding success on her own terms and inviting her audience along for the ride.

70
Rolling Stone

Eden certainly doesn’t shy away from her unique, occasionally weird filth – one evocative sex rap has the chorus “Finger me like a typo” – but, like January’s Ephorize, she does much more.

65
The 405

Even though it’s one of her weaker releases to date, Eden might be the most important album CupcakKe has made thus far ... At its best, her confidence and creativity are as fresh as ever. At its worst, it’s still worth deconstructing and discussing.

Audiohype
80
Cupcakke shows more and more promise with each release. With Eden, her biggest shortcoming of having amateurish sounding production is mostly a non issue here. The beats may not be reinventing the wheel, but they are far more layered and creative than on previous efforts, whether that's on the energised PC styled beats of "Quiz", the interlocking sections of "Typo", or the dark, Yeezus-esque "A.U.T.I.S.M".

Stylistically, the album feels very cohesive, not having ... read more
rykketid
80
"Bitch, I got so many bars / That Azealia Banks call me when she needs soap (No shade)" lmao this line has me dying
BradTasteMusic
NR
first impression:

I only heard the first song and already see unbelievable improvement. It is quirky and fun, yet so damn clever and tightly executed. I am excited to listen further

Edit: I... uh... spoke too soon. It’s done well, and I heavily appreciate Cupcakke for her unique style and how niche she truly is. I can just say this is really not for me. I can see the appeal, and I appreciate the versatility... but I don’t see myself coming back
Tsareena
84
A great followup to Ephorize. "Eden" has Cupcakke criticizing our culture, making sex bops (as expected but still welcome) and tracks on issues like bullying. Cupcakke's verses are tighter than ever and the production on this is really great. My only problem was with a lot of the hooks. Typically repeated or just felt already done from her previous records
Faves: Quiz, A.U.T.I.S.M, Cereal and Water
DarkDoomHoney
100
A great rap album, she has outdone herself once more, I’m so proud of her
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Track List

  1. PetSmart
  2. Cereal and Water
  3. Quiz
  4. Garfield
  5. Dangled
  6. Starbucks
  7. Typo
  8. Prenup
  9. Blackjack
  10. Fabric
  11. Don't Post Me
  12. A.U.T.I.S.M
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Added on: October 26, 2018