Bitch Bad, A Psychological Weapon

I was debating if I would share my thoughts or just the message but I chose the former. I am a huge fan of Lupe Fiasco. Our relationship grew a little shaky during the political campaign when he shared his views on voting but nonetheless, I am still a fan. Lupe Fiasco is a prolific lyricist with a mind of substance and truth. His latest song, “Bitch Bad” is a heavy hitter because it speaks so much truth as it relates to the state of our culture today.  The video is ingenious as it depicts the Blackface movement and correlates it to our mindset today. The Blackface movement is a style of entertainment based on racist Black stereotypes that began in minstrel shows and continues today. The history of prejudice, hostility, and ignorance towards black people has insured a unique longevity to the stereotypes. White America’s conceptions of Black entertainers were shaped by minstrels  mocking caricatures and for over one hundred years the belief that Blacks were racially and socially inferior was fostered by legions of both white and black performers in blackface.

The characters of blackface minstrels have played a significant role in disseminating racist images, attitudes and perceptions worldwide.

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)

I have such a love for people  in general but I give so much of myself to people who look like me because I understand our history and the role it has played in shaping our culture today. I want so badly for us to thrive and have so much faith, believing that we can do anything. However, it hurts me to my core to see the effects of brainwashing. Our children’s souls are being sold as a result of our actions because our souls have been sold. A pervasive cycle it is. For those who are not a product of pervasive cycles, we have the outcome of unmentored individuals. I always preach that we are responsible for each other. It is what it is. If you think otherwise, you have life all screwed up. There is always a   way to say something appropriately and in love. It is up to us to acknowledge the truth and need. Be an example. Change the world one person at a time. You have the power. God says so.

Turn the truth into a lie…..Starting NOW.

The mask which the actor wears is apt to become his face — Plato



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