Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lupe Fiasco : Bitch Bad

'Bitch Bad' by Lupe Fiasco is a song I've been listening to for a couple of months now. During that time it occurred to me that this song was going to leave an indelible mark on Hip Hop, black culture and the opinions that others have of us. When the music video dropped it was no surprise that it caused all hell to break loose.

To be honest with you I really didn't want to write on this topic. I am only doing so at the request of one of my die-hard readers. The reason for this is because there is so much to write and so much to say about it, but at the end of the day it is blatantly obvious that people don't want to hear when they are fucking up. I mean look at what they are doing to poor Lupe for pointing out that, mainstream televised images of black culture and the people who imitate it are nothing more than a minstrel show. Look at how they have ripped him to shreds for suggesting that we can do better, that we are in fact better, but the commercial white-washed images of us will never allow for that.

Lupe hit a nerve because he pointed out that all these so called 'bad bitches' look a fool, that they are often just caricatures of the slavery machine that has physically set them free, but still owns and controls their minds. The economic, political and social system counts on black people remaining mentally enslaved and completely indoctrinated, with all that it means to live out black self-hatred.

Could you imagine if we stopped calling each other bitches as a term of endearment or allowing others to call us niggas as a back-handed endearment? Imagine if we wasted no time on team light skin, team dark skin or team mixed skin and decided that we are one people? Imagine if while all the white kids wanted to become rappers, all of our black kids decided they wanted to become law makers and bankers?... I could go on with the imagines all day long but alas, I am not John Lennon.

There is so much more to write about on this topic but I feel like, why try to teach a pig how to sing?

All I really wanted to say is that if this song is anything to go by, Lupe's upcoming album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album; might very well be the conscious rap album that I have been praying on for the last decade or so.


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