CAKE (Creativity, Abundance, Knowledge, Elevation)

CAKE (Creativity, Abundance, Knowledge, Elevation)

Texas Platters

"People kept saying to me, 'We need an all-female mixtape.' [Then] I realized we already had one – in my catalog." So explains ace Austin femcee Anya about her women's empowerment project, CAKE (Creativity, Abundance, Knowledge, Elevation). Featuring diverse and infectious production, as well as some of ATX's best vocalists, CAKE skillfully pitches a group endeavor instead of a glorified Anya solo venture. KiiKii Star shines on "Don't Need a Diamond" and "Sweats," both leaning toward Nicki Minaj radio-ready rap. Lady Shacklin's classic soul on "Sometimes," discussing strength in recovery from tough times, takes it up a level. The best track, bright blues/gospel bouncer "Bad News," puts Anya and vocalist Staci Russell on an anti-jerk stump. "There are lots of women out here who have the desire to create and express themselves, but who don't have a support system," says the former. Enormously fun and affecting, CAKE empowers these talented women and others to step forward.

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