I don’t know about you, but calling me a b*tch will do little but get me upset.

Much like the n-word, I never understood how some women “reclaimed” this word and now use it as a term of endearment for their closest friends. Or worse, how a man could fix his lips to call his significant other his b*tch (*cue Jay-Z*). Parsing out the inflection in someone’s voice when they use the b-word takes too much effort, so I don’t use it as anything but a dagger, and even then, I reserve it for only the vilest folks—both male and female alike.

You see, I come from the Latifah School of Queendom, and back in ’94 when I was coming into my own her in-your-face song, U.N.I.T.Y., which challenged any man (or woman) who dared to step to her wrong, became my anthem. Years later it inspired my first foray onto the web. And even today, now that I’m on the other side of 30, it is still is my go-to joint when I need a bit of a pick-me-up.

As an avid hip-hop head it sometimes feels like we’re in an abuse relationship. I love the music that doesn’t quite love me the way I want it to, and too often seems like it is on a mission to break me down. But sometimes artists shine through and remind me why I fell in love with hip-hop in the first place.

This time Lupe Fiasco takes the reins and explains why being the baddest b*tch on the block is a hollow victory.

Check it.

*Via WhoUCallinABitch

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  • The video is very powerful. He likened the caricatures of blackness that is prevalent in mainstream media to black face– emphasizing how both distort and misrepresent black communities, as well as how white supremacy has mediated this misrepresentation. It didn’t just focus on black women respecting themselve, but black people becoming aware of they are being used and abused by mainstream media. The tears and the hesitant allegiance to mainstream media that the man and woman in black face portrayed showed how complicated our relationship is with mainstream media.

  • I liked the message but the song didn’t really flow for me. The video
    was great though. I appreciated the reference to blackface…. We truly are making a mockery of ourselves with some of these antics that we display on TV for the world to see.

  • Lupe Supporter

    Well since yall love him so much, I hop yall support this brother since Spin Mag is taking a crap on this song calling it “half-baked conscious hip hop”. & that he’s just trying to get attention. They’re casting doubt on this man’s credibility as a conscious person. Pls go on twitter, support him & diss Spin Mag & let them know how you feel!!!

  • simplyme

    I really appreciate hip hop artists like him who aren’t afraid to speak intelligently and stand against the sexist norm. It actually shows more self assurance, power, and masculinity than the rappers who try to shove it down our faces by disrespecting women. I’ve also started listening to Kendrick Lamar who seems to be of the same ilk (not 100% sure..). I stopped listening to hip hop about a year ago and now I’m trying to slowly reintroduce artists like this into my current indie/alternative/90s rnb bubble..but its hard to find. I love the feature and it would be cool if Clutch could feature similar artists in the future.