Cakes da Killa

"Cakewalk" (Young Art Records)

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New York rapper Cakes da Killa presents his new singleCakewalk,” out today via Young Art Records. Following this year’s standalone single, “Sex Drive,” “a slinky bedroom-worthy Baltimore club track” (Interview), and his revered 2022 full-length Svengali — which garnered praise from the likes of Billboard, PAPER, The FADER, Pitchfork, XXL, Wire, and more — “Cakewalk” sees Cakes reuniting with longtime collaborator Sam Katz on the club-ready track packed with explosive, bass-heavy hip-house beats underlying his signature breathless flows. “Cakewalk” moves like a new mission statement, featuring the rapper tearing through a mutated house shuffle with the hook “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”


“‘Cakewalk’ is a warning to an intimate partner that’s playing in your face,” says Cakes. “Drawing inspiration from classics like Kelis’ ‘Caught Out There’ and Blu Cantrell’s ‘Hit ‘Em Up Style’ because who doesn’t love a record that spells out exactly how you’re feeling when a relationship starts getting rocky.”


A few words to describe Cakes da Killa: polymath, businessman, trailblazer, innovator. New Jersey-born, but he’s reigned in New York throughout a decade-plus independent career, tearing up stages and dancefloors worldwide with a trendsetting blend of rap, house, jazz, dance, and anything that piques his interest. He’s persevered through blogs, SoundCloud, a global pandemic, and an ever-shifting music landscape prioritizing everything but talent and taste. Nevertheless, Cakes’ critical and communal acclaim precede him: he’s played Glastonbury and Whole Festival, and he’s worked with everyone from Honey Dijon to Injury Reserve. Whether holding court, going through customs, or crushing competition, Cakes stands firm as a seasoned vet who knows his role and knows the game.