Jay-Z & Beyonce: That’s His “Bitch”?
From Hello Beautiful-- Like everyone else, I watched “The Throne” and eagerly anticipated the release of the collaborative album by Kanye West and Jay-Z. I found it to be a solid record, if not a classic. I’m at the point in my life where the consummate materialism and bragging about all the things they have that we never will is more annoying than inspirational, so that was a big factor in buoying my excitement. However, what bothered me the most about the whole album is a previously-released bonus cut called “That’s My Bitch.”
The debate over Hip-Hop and the ‘b’ word is old as the genre itself; in fact, it’s hardly even a discussion anymore. Women who will curse you out to the end of the Earth for calling them out their names in real life, will gladly sing “bitch” at the top of their lungs as if they had something in common with Too Short. The most common excuse was well-documented by Chris Rock: “He ain’t talking about me!” Meh. That argument loses steam when we know who one of the dudes is rapping about and, um, she’s one of the biggest stars in the world.
Kanye’s being Kanye on the track: mad at Amber Rose and sounding as bitter about women as always. Androgynous singer Elly Jackson of the group La Roux sings a boring, soulless pop hook which has become an odd staple in rap music. And then there’s Jay, waxing poetic about how fly Beyonce is and the lack of Black women who are celebrated for their beauty: