Lupe Fiasco is hip-hop's breath of fresh air with his "Bitch Bad" single. This is the second conscious banger coming from the artist's most recent album titled Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt 1.
Fiasco takes on the use of "bitch" in the hip-hop world and how its glorification has allowed it among many (especially formidable young girls) to be perceived as a positive connotation.
"Now I ain’t trying to make it too complex
But let’s just say shawty has an undeveloped context
Bout the perception of women these days
His mama sings along and this what she says
“Niggas I’m a bad bitch, and I’m bad bitch
Far above average”
We have heard it all from Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Trina, Lil Boosie and more. "Bitch" in music today is used as easily as "she" or "her".
A bitch can be bad, good..or even "like a bag of money." The word has become common and accepted in the rap world as a proper term to refer to women.
In the back of any nightclub, you can observe the flock of females to the floor to dance and mouth the words to songs that refer to her as "the baddest bitch."
Sure, as many try to dispute the fact the fact that the insult "Nigga" can be a positive description of a male; these women,who are happy to be "bitches", argue the same.
At the end of the day though, what do they say to the little boys and girls strapped in the back seat of the car while mommy or daddy bumps the nonsense?
What is the explanation when the little one hears the references that mommy and daddy proudly relate to?
"No, you aren't a lil nigga."
"No, you aren't a lil bitch."
I doubt it.
The ice and 100 dollar bills let us all know that "nigga" and "bitch" sell well. The Maybachs, video models and iced out chains prove all of that. Those who want more out of music have to wait until the nonsense runs out. I don't see it happening in our life time..but one can dream.
Lupe Fiasco, I hear you loud and clear. Music needs to be held accountable for the damage it is causing to our youth. You'll find me spreading the word!
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VIDEO COURTESY OF VIMEO & DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JOSEPH LABISI