Brooklyn's Cakes da Killa wants to be more than just "the blowjob rapper"
SFBG You have a pretty big fan base in Europe. Where have you toured? How are audiences over there different from stateside?
CK I've been to Europe three times on kind of mini-tours. Mostly Berlin, Paris. I've been to Australia twice too. I think I have a bigger fan base overseas because it's just harder to break [out] in the States; the way the music business works, it's just harder to get attention here.
When I do a show overseas, I think the main difference is Europeans think, "If we're gonna pay five euros to see you, you better be on stage for two hours." In the States we pay way more to see someone for a few minutes, then it's back to the bar, or a DJ or something...we have ADD here. When I tour overseas, I have to some cardio before the show.
SFBG You're known for some pretty filthy lyrics. Does that come naturally to you?
CK You know, I didn't realize the fact of me being filthy until people started saying that — it's just that the things I talk about aren't talked about. I grew up with my mom, and I came out in the third grade; we talked about sex pretty openly in my house. When I make a song about giving blowjobs, I'm not thinking "Let's make a song about giving blowjobs." This isn't breaking news. Everyone likes blowjobs. It's just not really filthy to me; people have sex. I am conscious now though of, you know, not becoming "the blowjob rapper."
SFBG Do you see homophobia in the rap world getting better? What is it going to take for the culture to change?
CK I think it's going to take an openly gay person who can really sell in the black media, do a world tour. But people that run black media right now clearly don't see it as a marketable thing. And it's all about money. That's the fucked up thing about the situation, it's not about how talented the person is, it's 'How can we sell this situation?' And if you're not marketable and a bunch of people can't make money off you, you're just gonna be, you know, living in Bushwick.
SFBG Musically, do you see yourself heading in any particular direction with Hunger Pangs?
CK Yeah, if I compare myself to the boy who was rapping in high school in the cafeteria, I'm definitely not the same person. I make music off of touring, experiencing things. I'm having a butch moment right now. And for my next project, I think I'm making more depressing songs.
SFBG Did that come out of anything in particular?
CK Living life. Dealing with dumb boys. Instead of being all sad about it, I'm like, let's write an album about it. At least make some money!
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