’12 Best Singles #10: Lupe Fiasco “Bitch Bad”

Lupe went against the grain on the second single of Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. On the didactic “Bitch Bad”,  he addresses hip-hop misogyny with sensitivity and parental care. On the first and second verses, he explains the side effects of the B-Word, but by the third, his parable falls on deaf ears, “Bad mean good to her, she really nice and smart/But bad mean bad to him, bitch don’t play your part.” Bitch bad. Song good.

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  • tucq

    I respect the idea of this song, but I didn’t play it or buy it.

  • PolarBearsToenails

    It’s “Bitch Bad” change the title and tighten up

  • smooth criminal

    Lupe’s most preachy song on his most preachy album is one of the best 10 singles of the year? Honestly, it’s a positive song, good concept, but really poorly executed. That’s why Spin clowned the song and video.

    Damn RR. First no Joey Badas$$. Now this?

  • jburg

    Never heard this song before now. Mad respect to Lupe for making something with an actual message.

  • Ten Macaroni Necklaces

    Good concept, just not a good song. Nothing about it makes you want to play it again. And I still haven’t seen the video. Just off the preview pic. Looks so corny.

    • B.Dot

      “Just off the preview pic. Looks so corny”

      So, you’d just hate on a video by the preview pic? How about pressing play? Fuck the internet man.

  • Dashing

    The video, like this album, and Lupe in general is faux-deep.

    There’s a reason why it’s got the fewest spins of any single off this album. If you want to add a positive song for the sake of diversifying the list, Nas “Daughters” is a better choice…more original concept, better executed, more sincere, better production, better in general.

  • J

    Well it is corny. And no, I can’t stand to hear it after giving it a reluctant first listen. Too preachy, even if the message is right then it has to be told by someone you respect and doesn’t preach this bad

  • Rap Critic

    This is what I think were the best 10 albums of 2012 http://rap-critic.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Slim Baller

    Ok but his entire album was amazing why wasn’t it in your best albums?

  • Ten Macaroni Necklaces

    “Fuck the internet man.” Lmao.

    I’m not hating, it just looked uninteresting. If you see a movie trailer that looks dumb, you’re not going to go see it.

  • Catalyst

    Why am I gettin a feelin of Ross havin the best single here?!

  • Dashing

    @Slim Baller, they haven’t done best albums yet. Prob tomorrow. GKMC and LIG better go 1 and 2 to ensure RR’s credibility, although they might switch them to stir up controversy…

    I’m sure this album will make the list. I’m a huge Lupe fan (paid for every one of his albums, including this one) but this album was Grammy-nominated basura. At least L.A.S.E.R.s had “All Black Everything” and “Words I Never Said.” This album had a Pete Rock redo, an unoriginal pop duet, and this lame attempt at being deep as his singles, just like his “deep” all black album cover. More Enemy of the State, The Cool, F&L Lupe and less of this crap, please.

  • Inside I’m Ice!, Outside I’m Lava!

    The concept is sort of like how YN uses nigga, Yeah Boy!

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  • Black Shady

    shouts to Lupe….but every nigga needs a BAD BITCH! Owww

  • it’s the roc

    Good choice, add some diversity to the list, it can’t just be all Bandz, Jeezy, and Meek Mill songs. No matter what you thought of the song, it played it’s part and really stood out amongst the rubble when it was spinning just because the message really shone through.

  • Ten Macaroni Necklaces

    update niggas i have now watched the video ooh gotta a nigga dick hard i shot a ten foot harpoon of nut all over my screen

  • Nathanial Hörnblowér

    Ahhh the blog thickens…

  • Ten Macaroni Necklaces

    ^ lame

    “Fuck the Internet”

  • 7figures

    fuck outta here this song is dope…ill concept and lyrics

  • Dashing

    “No matter what you thought of the song, it played it’s part and really stood out amongst the rubble when it was spinning just because the message really shone through”

    “fuck outta here this song is dope…ill concept and lyrics”

    “Dear Mama” “Crossroads” “All That I Got is You” “U.N.I.T.Y” were all concept songs too. The difference is they were also good songs, not just good concepts and lyrics. You can’t just get props because you’re going against the grain. You’ve got to do it and make it good music at the same damn time.

  • it’s the roc

    @ Dashing

    You didn’t think this was a decent record? It had wit (e.g. the “i’m killing these bitches” double entendre part of the hook), was cool to put that concept over booming 808s (a nice artistic contrast), flow was on point, lyrically it was on point. it’s at least an interesting record for the first listen, afterwards maybe not so much. Wasnt the best record of his career, but as far as singles go, i have no problem with this being the 10th best single of the year, not like it’s top 5 or anything

  • J

    Before this hypocrite ass nigga got that dumb hair, he shouted out “hustlers grinding legally and illegally” or some shit and now he tryna preach on his shit bout how we pose to talk to bitches nahmean

  • Donn

    Awful execution of a good song, he was just reaching too hard to be deep. Like that nigga in class who has to challenge anything someone says so they can feel different and deep

  • Dashing

    I personally didn’t like the record, t it’s decent, but I don’t think it’s top 10 of the year.

    If we want more substantive/concept records to diversify the list how about Nas “Daughters” or Slaughterhouse “Goodbye” or Kendrick Lamar “Swimming Pools” All better songs than this.

  • joshua

    This song was great people just didnt get it…some rap fans cant get a message

  • J

    Joshua, I got the message. The problem is the way he shoves the message down your throat, besides the poor execution etc and I totally agree with people saying he tried too hard to just be deep and different

  • It’s the roc

    @ Dashing

    Good point. Agreed

  • Even though this nigga started working my nerves with his holier than thou routine, and just doing shit for shock & publicity, he delivered with the album. It’s tight, and very slept on

  • B Rock

    all nah she aint a ho she just a bad bitch

  • the brain trust

    I don’t get you dumb niggas, honestly.

    How did he shove the message down your throats?

    He told an intriguing story about the role the word ‘bitch’ plays in our culture & the way people perceive mothers & girlfriends because of it.

    I mean, it wasn’t like he was screaming ‘stop calling women bitches” throughout the 3 verses. it was for more subtle & far more effective.

    Great song.

  • Converse

    Damn good look on the [email protected] heard the song but the has many hidden message

  • Maximus 32

    Dudes (white or not) hating on this song is the reason why a record label like Def Jam gave Trinidad James a $2M 360 deal. Crazy man. I guess I can’t look forward to any young artists getting the machine to push them into the mainstream becase you muthafuckas are too dumb to appreciate some shit like that.

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