AOTY 2018

Ephorize

cupcakKe - Ephorize
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #202 / 706
User Score
Based on 409 ratings
2018 Ratings: #547
January 5, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pitchfork
The fearless Chicago rapper offers her best album yet, with terrific production and a barrage of raps that reveal Elizabeth Harris to be far more than her hilarious and absurdly raunchy one-liners.
80
The 405

CupcakKe's confidence and complete lack of a filter remain her greatest allies on Ephorize, with the album feeling like an arrival. Queen Elizabeth may have made some noise, but here, she drowns out the competition.

80
Crack Magazine

Sure, there are few clunky couplets and the album would benefit from a few of the EDM-lite tracks being trimmed. But ultimately Ephorize sees CupcakKe flex like an established pro. Not only is it guaranteed to keep her slurpers happy, it’s an example of an artist in her prime and a brilliantly filthy riposte to an increasingly buttoned-up world.

80
The Observer
With charged production that flits between old-school hip-hop, futuristic pop and even Latin, at 15 tracks it can feel diluted, but there’s no doubt cupcakKe is a potent MC on the rise.
80
XXL

Despite occasional bouts of underwhelming songwriting, Ephorize is a standout showcase of emphatic cuts laid over a wide variety of sound beds, perfect for pervs and prudes alike to bang.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Ephorize ... is ultimate profanity, a means by which radical self-love and radical inclusion can be realized to their fullest.

70
The Needle Drop

Ephorize is cupcakKe's most consistent and entertaining album yet.

70
Spectrum Culture

It’s inspiring to hear someone shout hard truth, but subtlety can hit harder.

hellodecatur
74
✓ Willfully unsigned
✓ Friends with Charli XCX
✓ Toes line between "genuinely good" and "liked ironically"
✓ Pitchfork BNM

Cupcakke Queen of Indie Confirmed
plowo
78
Don't want to say nothing but i'll leave it here

If she was a man....

Favs: Cartoons, Wisdom Teeth, Crayons, Post Pic, Meet and Greet and Fullest.
endianness
20
There's nothing wrong with enjoying sex and expressing your sexuality. There are many healthy ways to communicate this topic—however, the only positive found here is an STI test. Focusing on obnoxious shock lyrics and eye-rolling forced social awareness, CupcakKe fails to say anything of value. The best feeling you'll be left with while listening to this LP is a pain equivalent to the burning sensation in your urethra after your partner finally gives you that illusive grapefruit blowjob.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#12/Pitchfork
#15/Gaffa (Sweden)
#49/SPIN

Track List

  1. 2 Minutes
  2. Cartoons
  3. Duck Duck Goose
  4. Wisdom Teeth
  5. Crayons
  6. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  7. Exit
  8. Self Interview
  9. Navel
  10. Spoiled Milk Titties
  11. Total
  12. Post Pic
  13. Meet and Greet
  14. Single While Taken
  15. Fullest
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Added on: January 3, 2018