I may not be a huge fan of Kanye’s music, but his words? That’s a completely different story. His words are like little bits of treasure that spew forth from his mouth whenever he deigns to open it up at us lowly mortals. Somehow, everything he ever says is always the best thing that anyone’s ever said. He’s a powerhouse of wisdom, a fountain of knowledge and truth. In short, he’s glorious.
That’s why I was so pleased when he tweeted some heavy thoughts yesterday. No one can make you think like Kanye can.
Here’s what he had to say:
I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes… Is the word BITCH acceptable? To be more specific, is it acceptable for a man to call a woman a bitch even if it’s endearing? Even typing it in question form it’s still feels harsh? Has hip hop conditioned us to accept this word? Do we love this word as much as we love the word N-GGA in an endearing way? correction, Here’s the age old question, would we refer to our mothers as bitches? Would’ we call our fathers n-ggers or better yet N-GGAS? If n-gga is such a positive word, why do we feel so uncomfortable for white people to say it, even with a hall pass? Is it ok to use bitch as long as we put BAD in front of it? Like you a BAD BITCH. Perhaps the words BITCH and N-GGA are now neither positive or negative. They are just potent and it depends on how they are used and by whom?
I was recently questioned about the use of the word BITCH in my music and initially was offended by anyone questioning anything in my music. Stevie Wonder never had to use the word bitch to get his point across. I will admit that I sometimes go back an omit cursing from my records. I like to use profanity as a tool and not a crutch. I’m not tweeting to say what we need and what we don’t… I just wanted to think out loud with you guys today…
Now that all the thought holes in your brain are all plugged up for the day, I guess just go get a juice box and watch Dinosaurs on Netflix or something. And maybe when your mind isn’t so blown, we can try to discuss Kanye’s philosophizing, all right?