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Bitch Bad? Dissecting Pop Music's Favorite Five-Letter Word

Friday, September 28, 2012


Last month, both rapper Kanye West's "Perfect Bitch" and Lupe Fiasco's "Bitch Bad" rekindled an age-old debate about the use of the word "bitch" in music. Pop music critic Ann Powers  recently wrote about the term for the NPR Music blog The Record. Powers joined us to talk about the history of the word's usage in music -- from 1920s blues ballads to Elton John's proclamation that the "Bitch is Back" -- and to explain why the word "bitch" continues to make her uncomfortable. 


Ann Powers

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Robotsneed2Party from WNYC

Layoff "Rich Girl" as the use of bitch has nothing to do with gender. It rhymed with rich and is meant as "thats tough" or "too bad".

And Bitchin' means awesome and really seems out of place here.

Sep. 28 2012 09:35 PM

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