Remix of Rap Track With Random Music All Over TikTok
- CupcakKe is a rapper and poet known for her poetry and sexual imagery in her music.
- On TikTok, “CupcakKe remixes” explode, which insert the rapper’s lyrics into other songs.
- While the remixes have existed online for years, they started to be trending on TikTok in July.
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A new, hyper-specific subgroup of musical remixes has appeared on TikTok: elaborate mashups of songs from Madonna to Mozart’s greatest hits with excerpts from a song called “Vagina” by CupcakKe.
Most TikToks that use CupcakKes Song contain lines from “Vagina” like “smack my a– like a drum” and “slurp that d — till it cm”.
CupcakKe, whose real name is Elizabeth Harris, is a Chicago-based rapper and poet who became famous in 2016 with her mixtape “Cum Cake”. Her music is often sexual, with catchy lines that evoke vivid erotic images. Also, as Pitchfork contributing reporter Sheldon Pearce wrote, it is often incredibly candid, reporting on “trauma and abuse, [B]Lack of femininity and power dynamics. ”
Cupcakke remixes have been very popular online in various forms since 2016, when YouTubers dedicated entire accounts with channel names such as Cupcakke Remixes or CupcakkeMixes to the art form.
Her sexual one-liners, especially on “Vagina”, have now brought her into the limelight of the TikTok remix. Fan-produced mashups known as “CupcakKe Remixes” have become almost inevitable since the trend took off in July.
After weeks of the remix trend, CupcakKe came to TikTok himself and has started to meddle.
“This is my first day at TikTok and I know what’s going on,” she commented on one of the remix videos on Friday.
CupcakKe remixes gained momentum on TikTok in July
It’s not immediately clear how or when CupcakKe remixes transitioned to TikTok, but videos with the hashtag #cupcakkeremix started going viral in early July (at least one remix was uploaded to TikTok in 2020 but didn’t inspire a wider trend).
One of the first remixes to go viral on TikTok was one that combined the rapper’s vocals with Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License”. The sound was uploaded to TikTok on July 8th by user @aaronheyaaron, but it seems to correspond to a remix of the YouTube channel heavenonvenus, which was uploaded on May 1st.
In the course of July and well into August, TikTok filled with remix after remix after remix and mixed CupcakKe’s vocals with songs like John Denver’s “Country Roads” or Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”.
Videos of people playing Mario Kart along with the remixes spread like wildfire. Footage from video games, especially mobile games, is a mainstay of TikTok when the focus is on audio.
CupcakKe started after joining TikTok. Give opinions on the remixes
On Friday, CupcakKe joined TikTok itself and garnered over 361,000 followers without posting a single video. She also began to interfere with the remixes.
“Really funny,” she commented, accompanied by a laughing emoji with drops of sweat, a video with the “driver’s license” remix of “Vagina”.
“Ok, this is getting out of hand, I’ll call my lawyer,” she commented on a “Shake it Off” mashup from Taylor Swift.
“Bts left the studio while we were recording this,” she commented on a remix of “Dynamite” by BTS.
However, amid the stream of remixes, TikTok users are also demanding that CupcakKe’s music – not just soundbites from context – be more valued. Over the years, she has received high acclaim from critics, particularly for her poetry and ability to blend the introspective and the extraordinary.
“Your lyric genius is so underrated,” @tessfstevens said in a video that responded to CupcakKe’s comment on one of her videos. “You did ‘WAP’ before ‘WAP’ was a thing and I take my hat off to you.”
“The Cupcakke remixes used to be kind of fun, but I feel like it’s only going to be turned into a meme when it’s so much more,” read a comment on @tessfstevens’ video.
CupcakKe did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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