Lessons Learned From Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” Panel
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Where would we, the people, be without Lupe Fiasco to act as our moral compass? Probably hopelessly lost in some non-denominational wilderness while being rained down on with hell-fire. So thankfully the part-time rapper and full-time Occupy Wall Street campaigner took time out yesterday to debate the merits of hip-hop’s use of the word “bitch” after premiering his “Bad Bitch” video on MTV’s RapFix. Here’s what we gleaned from the conversation.

1. It Needs To Be Talked About

“It’s definitely something that I think we should talk about because it’s so prevalent in our culture right now,” said Lupe about the use of the word “bitch.” Then he pointed out that conversation is good even if there’s no resolution: “Even if we don’t come to a definition about it, even if we don’t come to an agreement about it.”

2. It’s a Bad Influence on the Kids

According to Lupe, rappers and their evil record labels are on a concerted mission to get kids to say the word “bitch.” As he put it, there’s “some troubling elements to it, especially when you look at who it’s being marketed to … children.”

3. Lupe Is Taking One for the Team

Oh, the burden of promoting a song titled “Bitch Bad”! According to Lupe, this means that, “I have to say that. I’ll be saying bitch, bad bitch.” But don’t worry: “I’m not saying it to glorify it.” Phew!

4. It’s Like Street Art

Talking about his “Bitch Bad” song, Lupe declared, “It was more just putting it out in the world and see what happens, like street art.” We’re still working this one out.

5. Lupe Is Sacrificing For Us All

“I’m gonna make the sacrifice, yes, ["Bitch Bad"] is gonna be the single,” said Lupe, who totally incidentally just so happens to have a new album on the horizon.

Watch the video for “Bitch Bad” below:

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