Quick Q with a creative: Cuee

Musical artist Cuee folds his hands and bows his head as he poses for a portrait

Cuee achieved his goal of performing at all of the Lawrence venues on his list when he performed at Liberty Hall on Nov. 1.

Cuee is a musical artist and rapper from Chicago. He is a University of Kansas alumnus and received his undergraduate degree in 2015 and graduate degree in 2017. Cuee has been writing raps since middle school and performing as a rapper since he was an undergraduate at the University.

I’m from Chicago so I try to bring that back here a lot. And that’s with auto-tune even, or something like party music.

I grew up in the church, so sometimes I have a lot of faith in my music. But I’m also queer, so that kind of bumps heads. I talk about that experience as well — how do those two things fit together. 

Lyrically, I’m a scholar so I focus a lot on how I compose my music and how I write my music. 

In my music, I talk a lot about how I look up to God and wear a cross around my neck. Or my grandfather is a pastor. But then I’m also like, “he/him, this is me.” I have a whole song about queer pride, but I also believe in higher faith. 

When I first started rapping, I looked at the Granada and I was like, “I'm gonna perform there before I leave Lawrence.”

I made a checklist to perform at every venue in Lawrence.

The best one was the Granada. Also, because I performed with Glass Bandit, which is a brass band. I’ve always wanted to perform with a band because I love music, so that was different. And I got to really perform and kill the music. And the Granada was pretty packed, so that was cool. 

It’s a way to talk. I’m a quiet person. I’m kinda shy, so I use music to express a lot.

Some things that I might not say on a daily basis I’ll write it out and I’d rather rap it sometimes. So that’s how I usually communicate.

Every day is a fight, no matter what it is.

I say that because some people think that just because you love something or you’re really good at something, that it’s still supposed to come natural or things are still supposed to be super easy. But you gotta work hard and you gotta fight through stuff every day. No matter if that’s music, work, everyday struggles that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that stuff doesn’t come easy and stuff doesn’t get handed to you. You have to get your feet dirty and get uncomfortable, but it all pays off. 

Cuee achieved his goal of performing at all of the Lawrence venues on his list when he performed at Liberty Hall on Nov. 1. To keep up with Cuee, find him on Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud.

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Person 1: I’ll take the Beyond Burger please. 

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Person 2: Yeah, we went to high school together. 

Person 1: Oh! *walks off*

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Guy 2: I tried once but I couldn’t figure out how to get on.

Guy 1: I stayed up until 2 am watching Disney plus

Guy 2: I told my girlfriend I fell asleep but I was actually watching the Mandalorian.

Girl 1: How long have you guys been dating?

Girl 2: Since the summer, well actually for like two years but it’s a long story.

Girl 1: Who are you looking for?

Girl 2: This guy, wait I found him. Fanny pack boy. He flipped off my professor after a test and ran out of the classroom.

Girl 1: How did you choose KU? 

Girl 2: Honestly, I flipped a coin. 

Boy 1: Did I tell you? I think I had a threesome this weekend.

Boy 2: Woah, hold up. You think?

Boy 1: I was born a Phi Delt.

Boy 2: Please don’t ever say that again.

Girl 1: How do you get your boobs to look like that?

Girl 2: I don’t ever wear a bra? I don’t know. 

Girl 1: I just really want a guy to bend me over you know?

Girl 2: How do you know? You’re a virgin!

Guy: Sometimes I wish I could just be a dog and sleep all day. 

Girl: You wake up at like three every day. 

Guy: I know.

Girl: So…

Guy: So does that make me a dog or something?

Girl 1: I wish I was a little bit taller.

Girl 2: I wish I was balder.

Girl 1: I wish I had a...wait, wait, wait balder?

Guy 1: Let’s slap dicks

Guy 2: You ever pee and it feels like throwing up?

Woman 1: *holding baby* He would have been safer at the Hawk

Woman 2: Oh absolutely.

Girl 1: I would never date that guy.

Girl 2: Well, it depends how much money he has.

Girl 1: I’m going to the doctor to see if I have bronchitis before I hook up with him again.

Girl 2: Yeah that’s smart so you don’t give it to anyone else. 

Girl 1: No I mean I want to make sure I infect him.

Guy 1: I'm cutting some of my unnecessary costs, starting with Juuling.

Guy 2: Ight man, good luck.

Guy 1: Actually I might just start chewing

Guy 1: How was work?

Guy 2: My manager was chastising me for not dressing up in a Halloween costume, she doesn’t understand I’m strictly here to get paid.

Guy 1: I am so tired of this week, man

Guy 2: Dude it’s Monday

Guy 1: I know

Person#1: I want to be on the first ship to mars

Person#2: Not me, I doubt they have Wi-Fi

Perons#1: Yeah but at least they’re evolving up there. We’re all just devolving.

Girl 1: Um, I don’t eat pig.

Girl 2: You eat bacon all the time, bitch.

Guy 1: You better get going. 

Guy 2: Yeah, see ya. I’m off to get some Adderall.

Girl 1: Are you home right now?

Girl 2: Yeah, why?

Girl 1: I bought a cat

Girl 1: I just don't understand what fishing is for.

Girl 2: I don't know. Food, maybe?

Guy: I’m just gonna have to like carry an entire box of spiders up the hill tomorrow.

Girl: What?

Guy: Yeah, just like a hundred spiders in a box.

Guy 1: Sometimes ya just gotta give yourself a haircut.

Guy 2: Dude, you shaved half your head. That’s not a haircut, that’s a mess.

Girl 1: Can you eat fruit raw?

Girl 2: How else are you supposed to eat it?

Girl: That class is killing us. ​But they say rest is for the dead.

Guy: Well, at least we'll be rested.

Girl: She's not in class this semester

Guy: Maybe she's dead

Girl: Or studying abroad