RapReviews.com Editorial - Adam Bernard: Why We Shouldn't Love Jay-Z's Bitch
Author: Adam Bernard
After the birth of Blue Ivy Carter there was a poem that made its way
around the internet, purportedly to have been written by Blue Ivy's father,
Jay-Z, that implied Jay would stop using the word "bitch" in his music now
the he's the father of a little girl. This led to a lot of applause, and
some criticisms noting this is something he should have done a lot sooner.
People pointed out he had a mother, and a wife (Beyonce), before having a
daughter, and having those two people in his life should have been enough
of an influence for him to stop using the word. As a whole, however, people
were supportive. There was just one problem - Jay didn't write the poem,
and within the week he announced he was, in fact, not planning on dropping
the word "bitch" from his vocabulary, or his work.
Make no mistake this isn't just a Jay-Z issue, it's a widespread problem in
hip-hop, Jay-Z just happens to have brought it to the forefront. The word
"bitch" has been a plague in hip-hop for decades. Once only used by a
select few, and, with the exception of Too $hort, not all that often,
"bitch" now peppers nearly every album released. In the case of Jay-Z, TIME
magazine went through all of his songs and found 50.2% of them include the
The obvious problem with this is the fact that rappers are selling
misogyny, but even on a creative level the word "bitch" is uninspiring as
it's a one syllable word that's easy to rhyme. "Bitch" has become a crutch
for rappers who don't have a big enough vocabulary to come up with a better
word. Using it is neither shocking, since everybody uses it, or skillful,
since it's a simplistic word. Rappers who consistently use "bitch" in their
rhymes are really just showing us how weak they are on both a mental and
To put it bluntly, if you're listening to a rapper and hear the word
"bitch" a lot, the rapper you're listening to is probably an idiot. He also
probably isn't very good at rapping.
Something tells me a double standard will exist when it comes to Jay-Z's
use of the word "bitch." I'd like to ask him how he'll feel when his
daughter is older and some boy at school refers to her as "that bitch in my
math class," or "that bitch I'm taking to the dance." Jay can't really get
upset since anyone using that kind of language with his daughter can just
pull out the classic 1980s anti-drug PSA line "I learned it by watching you."
Jay-Z is in his 40s. It was quite a while ago that he made the change from
wearing baggy jeans and hip-hop clothing line apparel to wearing expensive
suits in an effort to show he's grown as a man, and is on another level,
but clothing doesn't make the man. The suits are nice, but as long as he,
or any other person, for that matter, continues to use the same degrading
language he used when he was wearing his baggy jeans and Rocawear shirts
he's really no different than a child playing dress up in his father's closet.
Don't just look grown up, act grown up. Retire "bitch." And that goes for everyone.
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Originally posted: January 31st, 2012