Lupe Fiasco’s new video for “Bad B*tch” has him in the spotlight over the message and the visuals.
In Hip-Hop the term “bitch” is often used more than the word “the”…And over the years it’s been looked at as positive or negative, depending on how it’s used. That’s exactly where Lupe is coming from in his new single.
The video showcases one young boy and a group of young girls. Each child involved in the story is interpreting the meaning of the word “bitch” in a different way. The video then fast forwards to the kids as adults and conveys how their personal definition of the word has affected them. Lupe noted, “Even if we don’t come to a definition about it, even if we don’t come to an agreement about it … it’s definitely something that I think we should talk about because it’s so prevalent in our culture right now.”
He also went on to tell Sway on RapFix Live, “I just wanted to have a conversation, just put it out in the world and see what happens. Like street art, just put it out there and just observe people and get people’s reactions, because I think it’s something that is very subtle. The idea of it , the bad b—h, is very subtle, but it definitely has some destructive elements to it. It has some troubling elements to it, especially when you look at who it’s being marketed towards, and that’s why we put the children in the video. In the song we made the children the audience for it and watched them as they developed.”
The debate on what bitch means can go on forever, but probably not as long as the one focusing on Lupe’s use of blackface in this Gil Green-directed video. He saw nothing wrong with it and dedicated the video to Paul Robeson and the “many black actors who endured the humiliating process of blackface in America.” I guess this is just like the word bitch…It all depends on who uses it and how it is used.
So what are your thoughts on the word bitch? Should women embrace it, or should it be turned down as just another derogatory term?