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Rapper Cupcakke announced announced this week that she’s retiring from rap music after seeing young children rapping her lyrics at her shows and that she no longer wants to corrupt children. You have to give her credit for actually having morals and being concerned about her impression on children. In most cases, artists just say they’re not supposed to be role models and that that is their parents’ job… which is true. But to put this in perspective for so many wondering how someone who went from being homeless as a child to being in the top 25 rap albums by Complex could give things up all of a sudden, they likely don’t realize that she was a church kid. She grew up performing poetry in church and turned it into rap. She’s even gone as far as saying that she wanted to go to heaven after this and didn’t want to go to Hell.
“I have all-age shows, meaning people come to the events that are all-ages,” she said while highlighting a video of children singing her more sexually enhanced songs. “Ten, eleven years old, whatever, and I feel as though I’m corrupting them with my songs. And … I don’t want to do it no more. I just did [the Twitter rants] to bring awareness to this, that I am through, that you will no longer see me nowhere.”
This struggle of hers with her identity goes back to her being hospitalized earlier this year for being suicidal. She has issues with her weight which has always been a problem of hers, she says. She said she’s thought about re-branding but said no one would take her seriously because of her size.
Then there’s her gambling problem. “It’s been bothering me for a long time now … in September of last year, I lost seven hundred thousand in the casino,” she stated. “I learned during the time that I lost all of the money that I am very much at peace without it. Some people may say that this sounds crazy, but when I had this money all I had were people that used me, didn’t care for me. So when I lost the seven hundred thousand … I learned who my friends were and aren’t.”
Her music is still online at the moment but if we were to give her any advice, give a disclaimer that children don’t belong at your shows and hope that parents will listen, but there’s no reason to cut the gravy train off while things are going well. She’s come a long way as a person and artist and we’d like to see her continue to grow. If she needs some time to address her mental health, she needs to make sure she has the right people around her to help her do so and hopefully she’ll be back sooner than later.