OTD: CupcakKe performance blasts Necto attendance records

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 7:01pm

Chicago-based rapper CupcakKe blew away records on Jan. 26 with her performance at Pride Night at Necto Night Club in Ann Arbor. Despite a building capacity of 952, 1,112 people lined up outside the club to see her perform, more than any event the club has ever hosted.

Necto has welcomed a number of big-name artists to perform in the past — including Avicii and Zedd — but CupcakKe, whose legal name is Elizabeth Harris, destroyed the previous records.

Harris has been catapulted into nationwide popularity in recent months, largely owing to the overtly sexual and repetitive lyrics that characterize her music. Her first song, “Vagina,” was released when she was 17, and several others — including “Deepthroat” and “LGBT” — have gained enough recognition for her to release an album earlier this year. She has also appeared at a number of festivals and shows, even joining pop artist Charli XCX onstage at Lollapalooza in Chicago last year.

“I always try to stay versatile,” Harris said in an interview with Forbes. “So I try to do stuff about pedophiles because no one is talking about that. Sex, but it’s not just sex. Out of all my albums, there’s probably like six or seven sex songs. So it’s a lot of subjects I like to touch — I want to touch every subject as I could possibly touch as an artist.”

Despite this steadfast commitment to singing about issues that matter (and to touching), Harris is yet mostly known for her decidedly more vulgar work. She relishes the obscene, and she stated that she cares very little what others think of her.

“I have three alter egos. Number one: Elizabeth, she’s a stay-at-home, humble person. Then CupcakKe, the one on stage. The wild, sexual being. Number three is Marilyn Monhoe. She’s always on the internet to make jokes, have fun. … I’m finna say whatever the (expletive) I want.”