Baseball Bats and Bentleys in CupcakKe’s “Cartoons” Video

Chicago MC CupcakKe dropped the fire loosie “Cartoons” two weeks ago, and now we have a video that hopefully extends the song’s life even further—because this shit is hot and deserves to blow up.

The track is gaining traction on Spotify and has at least one influential fan in Cardi B, who quoted one of many memorable lines on Twitter:

There are no visible cartoon characters from her lyrics in the video, but there is a red Bentley to show you how CupcakKe is living, and an attack via baseball bat to show you what happens when you waste her time.

Lyrically, “Cartoons” is a flex-a-thon (“I stick around just to shut it down”), with a chorus name-checking all kinds of cartoon characters: Bugs Bunny, Batman and Robin, Johnny Bravo, etc.

CupcakKe makes the formal concept sound easy. She’s known for tackling sexually explicit subject matter and social issues. But one of her chambers is straight gassing, and this is that. Rhymes seem to come naturally to her, whether freeform or based on a theme.

For a primer on CupcakKe, peep fellow Chicagoan David Drake’s profile from 2016. She’s grinded for years and had a buzz for a while now, even making moves internationally. She was featured on British pop star Charli XCX’s “Lipgloss” last spring.

“Cartoons” follows CupcakKe’s album from earlier this year, Queen Elizabitch, which is also well worth peeping if you missed it. And just saying: if Cardi wanted to hop on a remix, we wouldn’t be mad at all.

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