Truth Tella - Cakes da Killa #beOUT (Afro Punk Prelude)

Cakes Da Kill at Afro Punk 2013

Cakes Da Kill at Afro Punk 2013

Because Cakes Da Killa will be performing at AfroPunk Fest in Brooklyn this year, I thought I'd add these opinions of mine: Cakes da Killa is the best new rapper of any style. It’s the flow. If the Notorious B.I.G was an effeminate gay man, he would sound like this. There have been a handful of openly queer rappers over the course of the past decade, but none of them quite like this one.

Identity is important on this site, so I’ll identify as one of the oldest people that identify as a Millennial and I’m a Hip Hop kid, all grown up. I’ve been seeking the truth from the beginning, which is not the same as perceived authenticity. For those reasons I’m a 50cent over Ja Rule kind of guy, I’m a Kool Moe Dee over LL Cool J kind of guy, a Ice Cube over Common kind of guy, a Lil Kim over Foxy Brown kind of guy…the same kind of guy who will not comment on Nas vs Jay-Z. To those family feud points, Hip Hop has always been aggressive and brutally honest; as a result, it has always been offensive. Every transition has come with a new truth teller. Ignorant people will always find a reason to be offended; Reference Kevin Hart in 40 Year Old Virgin.  Q-Tip on his perfect J.Period tribute said it best, or at least as well as anyone in the genre could have:

“It was a rebellious music, y’nahmean? It was the ghetto folk that wasn’t supposed to really have a voice. We just had just came out of the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution and all this and all that. Then here comes this music and it’s the perfect description; this music describes us perfectly because it’s not taught, we at this point had poor education. We didnt have access to a lot of instruments, it was a voiceless music. We had been theoretically robbed of our whole voice as a people. So here’s this symbolic art form called Hip Hop where the music aspect of Hip Hop – it embodies us taking from only what’s there, we can only take from what’s there – we had the records that’s what we used, that’s what Flash used, that’s what Herc used, thats what Bambatta used. We could only take from what’s there, we didn’t really have a voice ? So we had to use it to talk… that’s kind of it in a nutshell.” 

This relatively ignorant art form is all about being OUT. Rashard Bradshaw better known as Cakes Da Killa is the raw deal of what life is like for an early 20-something gay man today, and he is bring a bottom's perspective. Educate yourself on the langauge, as there have been too many in-depth articles on him to mention here. I only thought to mention him because of a video I stumbled upon from Too $hort showing how being out changes the minds of people. Kudos to Rashard for showing off on these two mix tapes…download: Hunger Pangs  (2014) The Eulogy (2013)

Different than the trivializing of black gay culture, which is not synonymous with that of LGBT culture in general Cakes Da Killa steps outside of the surface level lyrics of someone like Fly Young Red who states the obvious over standard Hip Hop loops with the acclaim of his 2014 track Throw That Boy Pussy. Yes Red,  the world is aware of the anal sex and your music might as well be a straight man's point of view on gay sexual interaction. I don't mean to suggest that he has no business creating the ground breaking music that he does, but there is more depth to Cakes. Similar to NWA, Rakim, Snoop Dog, Biggie, Lil Kim, and yes Drake he has provided a new series of authentic slang specific to his culture along with a new series of instrumental sounds derived from the gay ball scene to produce an entirely new yet rhythmically viable sound. Sometimes it takes a college sophomore who just raps because he can to lead the way....

writer, cultural critic, special contributor to 50 Shades of Black

Posted on August 16, 2014 and filed under LGBT, personal stories, music.