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lupe fiasco “bitch bad”

maybe the biggest criticism against hip hop is the mainstream disrespect of women found in some raunchy videos and misogynistic lyrics too often laced with “bitches” and “hoes.”  lupe fiasco addresses the issue in his latest single “bitch bad.”  the song talks about how the images shown to children by music and adults can affect boys’ perceptions of women and girls’ perceptions of themselves.

the onus on cleaning things up isn’t just on the music industry (who at times chooses to promote trashy things), but also on parents and mentors (who at times choose to consume/support trashy things).  whether it’s with music or in general, it’s important that we give our youth a consistent and proper example of how to respect themselves and others.

you can check out the song lyrics below via rapgenius (click on the words for explanations from the site).  also, be on the lookout for lupe’s next album, which is scheduled to drop on september 25th:


Yeah, I say
Bitch bad, woman good, lady better
Hey, hey
Hey, hey

[Verse 1]
Now imagine there’s a shorty, maybe five maybe four
Ridin’ ’round with his mama listening to the radio
And a song comes on and a not far off from being born
Doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong

Now I ain’t trying to make it too complex
But let’s just say shorty has an undeveloped context
About the perception of women these days
His mama sings along and this what she says

“Niggas, I’m a bad bitch, and I’m that bitch
Something that’s far above average”

And maybe other rhyming words like cabbage and savage
And baby carriage and other things that match it

Couple of things are happenin’ here
First he’s relatin’ the word “bitch” with his mama – comma
And because she’s relatin’ to herself, his most important source of help
And mental health,
 he may skew respect for dishonor

Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, they misunderstood

(I’m killin’ these bitches)
Uh, tell ’em
Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, they misunderstood
They misunderstood

[Verse 2]
Yeah, now imagine a group of little girls nine through twelve
On the internet watchin’ videos listenin’ to songs by themselves

It doesn’t really matter if they have parental clearance
They understand the internet better than their parents
Now being the internet, the content’s probably uncensored
They’re young, so they’re malleable and probably unmentored
A complicated combination, maybe with no relevance
Until that intelligence meets their favorite singer’s preference
“Bad bitches, bad bitches, bad bitches
That’s all I want and all I like in life is bad bitches, bad bitches”

Now let’s say that they less concerned with him
And more with the video girl acquiescent to his whims

Ah, the plot thickens
High heels, long hair, fat booty, slim
Reality check, I’m not trippin’
They don’t see a paid actress, just what makes a bad bitch


[Verse 3]
Disclaimer: this rhymer, Lupe, is not usin’ “bitch” as a lesson
But as a psychological weapon
To set in your mind and really mess with your conceptions

Discretions, reflections, it’s clever misdirection
Cause, while I was rappin’ they was growin’ up fast
Nobody stepped in to ever slow ’em up, gasp
Sure enough, in this little world
The little boy meets one of those little girls
And he thinks she a bad bitch and she thinks she a bad bitch

He thinks disrespectfully, she thinks of that sexually
She got the wrong idea, he don’t wanna fuck her
He think she’s bad at bein’ a bitch, like his mother
Momma never dressed like that, come out the house hot mess like that
Ass, titties, breasts like that, all out to impress like that
Just like that, you see the fruit of the confusion
He caught in a reality, she caught in an illusion

Bad mean good to her, she really nice and smart
But bad mean bad to him, bitch don’t play your part

But bitch still bad to her if you say it the wrong way
But she think she a bitch, what a double entendre


[Outro: MDMA]
Bitch bad, woman good, lady better
They misunderstood
You’re misunderstood (I’m killin’ these bitches)
Bitch bad, woman good, lady better
Greatest mother hoood (I’m killin’ these bitches)


06/28/12 , , , ,

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Considering that most African – American men are raised by single mothers who disrespect men and refused to have anything to do with their fathers. I’m surprised that the disrespect in hip hop and gangster rap isn’t more disrespectful towards women then in it is. Of course one could argue that the father’s weren’t worthy and abandoned their children however the question that then begs to be answered is why did their mother’s sleep with the father’s of their children in the first place?



On the other hand having witnessed the degenerate nature of many women down through the years – I suspect that rappers are simply describing the women in their culture as they really are. Which is what is really upsetting to those opposed to hip hop / rap these men have chosen to tell the truth in their music instead of remaining silent.



“Considering that most African – American men are raised by single mothers who disrespect men and refused to have anything to do with their fathers” sorry but that’s not true (i’d avoid using generalizations and stereotypes).

also, regardless of any disrespect or hurt felt on either end, men and women should use the negatives as motivation to correct things for the future instead of just embracing the pain and contributing in any way to a vicious cycle.



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