Lupe Fiasco's new track (and video), "Bitch Bad," attempts to examine the complications of the word "bitch," specifically in hip-hop. The lyrics tell the tale of two kids — one a little boy and one a little girl — who interpret and internalize the word in different ways.
Fiasco's track begins with a little boy listening to a song while riding in the car with his mom; she's singing along, "Niggas, I'm a bad bitch/and I'm that bitch/something that's far above average." The kid associates this with strength and fierceness.
In a conversation on Rap Fix Live, Fiasco explained:
I just wanted to have a conversation. It was more to just put it out in the world and see what happens […]
I think it's something that's very subtle - the idea of it, the 'bad bitch' - it's very subtle but it definitely has some destructive elements to it," Lupe said. "It has some troubling elements to it. Especially when you look at who it's being marketed towards. That's why we put the children in the video.
Earlier this month, Kanye West tweeted that he'd written the song "Perfect Bitch" about Kim Kardashian. Kanye's track is not online, so we can't be sure of the lyrics, but obviously he means that in a good way, and Kim considers it a compliment. Lupe Fiasco, however, questions what women — especially young girls — learn from hearing the word bitch. The lyrics: