cupcakKe is one of the most exciting new artists in Chicago rap, if not hip-hop in general right now. She released her new album Ephorize on Friday, and it features some of her best work yet. “Navel,” a heavy track that comes towards the end of the project, is one of her best vocal performances, as she slips into some of her most ferocious flows that feel uniquely Chicago. Featuring a flute-like sample, the track fits comfortably beside recent rap hits while still preserving cupcaKKe’s anything-but-familiar style.
While peppered with the explicit sex wordplay she’s become known for, “Navel” is more about cupcakKe proving herself as an emcee (“Who said I can’t rap? That lil’ bitch lying / I’m bringing that heat like the clothes is dry, so stop it”), and entrepreneurship (“I’m a business woman on top / And I don’t Facebook / ‘Cause my face booked on every fucking flyer that drop”). It’s a perfect entry point to cupcaKKe’s world.