Bitch Bad

Lupe bitch artwork

Genre Hip hop, alternative hip hop, conscious hip hop
Released June 25, 2012
Album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
Recorded 2012
Length 4:51
Label 1st & 15th, Atlantic
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Bitch Bad is a song by Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco, the song was released as the second single off of his fourth studio album Food & Liquor II: the Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. The song was released on June 25, 2012 as a digital download on Itunes as debuted at #62 on the Billboard Rap Singles. The song delves into misogyny in hip-hop culture and using words people should not use.

Lyrical ContentEdit

In the song's first verse, Lupe uses the image of a kid listening to the radio with his mother in a car to illustrate how casual woman can use the word "bitch" and says that a young boy can think that is the way to treat a woman and call her a bitch or other words that can offend a woman. The hook basically says that bitch is bad, woman while okay, but not great, and lady is a better word to use.

In the second verse disuses woman be objectified in current rap music videos and young woman by saying "They're young, so they're malleable and probably unmentored" and think that they should act like that and it's the right way to act. The verse also pokes fun at the mainstream sound with the line ""Bad bitches, bad bitches, bad bitches. That's all I want and all I like in life is bad bitches, bad bitches" in a falsetto voice.

In the final verse, a boy and a girl meet and their misconceptions of the word "bitch" collide. With the boy, he thinks the word "bitch" means "woman" in his context and is not interesting with her sexuality or personality but is interesting in how she looks and acts to him.

Music VideoEdit

The video was directed by Gill Green and premiered on August 22, 2012 on MTV's RapFix Live and YouTube the same day and features a cameo by MDMA.

Critical ReceptionEdit

The song received praise from artists like Janelle Monae, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, and Kanye West, but was not well received by Spin Magazine saying "mansplaining...half-baked conscious hip-pop...muddled, measly-mouthed missive...reckless social commentary...poorly thought-out grab for attention", and claimed that Lupe has a "moronic lyrics-over-everything attitude" cause of this, fans have boycotted the magazine.


Chart (2012) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 11
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 62