Trina Defends Her New Single ‘My Bitches’

Music

Vibe / August 13, 2010

Bitch is a strong word.

It means you’re dominating. You’re a woman who is able to hold yourself down. You work hard, you handle your own and that’s how I look at it. I mean it in no disrespectful form. “My Bitches” came from one of those days where I was in the studio [with] a bunch of different friends. Some aren’t celebs so it’s regular girls that work 9 to 5. They have jobs. It’s a different life than the industry world and we were in the studio so I just starting thinking of medical assistants or somebody that’s working in a lawyer’s office and you just have a lot of independent women and to me it doesn’t matter what it is that you’re doing, but you’re doing it. I love that. That’s how the song came together. It’s just strong women who are focused, but people took the word out of context.

I do my music for adults, but I know I have a lot of young fans. I feel kids shouldn’t even be listening to my music so when I’m doing shows I do my best to not even say curse words. Even if it’s in an all-adult club, I just naturally don’t talk out of my mouth and say the “B word” or the “N word.” But there are times when I’m hanging out or in the studio and just be in the moment. And with somebody saying “Whaddup, my nigga” —it’s different from somebody saying, “You are a ni**er.” When a man [or woman] says “Oh, there go this bitch” in a derogatory way it’s not the same. It’s not the same as saying “I’m that bitch” when you mean you’re focused and handling business. It’s all about what you make it into. People know the difference of what you mean when you say something… unless they’re slow.

I just think other people need to find something to do with themselves instead of just taking everything and making it into a big issue. There’s so many more things to worry about in the world and the word bitch has been around before I was born and when I leave the earth it’s still gonna be around. It’s nothing we can do about it. I didn’t create the word. I just use it meaning that at the end of the day you’re a strong woman. Just keep on grinding and keep it moving and handle your business. —As Told To Starrene Rhett