As I'm writing this I post I'm reminded that I was once a Young G on the public bus transportation in Oakland when I first caught wind of the living legend Too Short. I only saw him once on the bus and he said that if anybody would pay him $20 he'd return the next day with a rap about any "bitch" we wanted.
I admit I was amused, interested, and eager to hear what he could come up with, but I didn't have $5 to spare. But my friend had a dual tape deck, and he had a copy of Too Short's single Female Funk and "Girl (that's your life)" which meant I was soon to have a dubbed copy of Sir Too Short as well....
In 1985 we were fascinated with Short. He talked about women in ways that I couldn't even imagine and the girls loved it!
I never understood that. All the young girls in the day would give Too Short a stamp of approval when his music was played (well not all of them--but most).
And I'm not sure how my mother caught wind of Too Short, but she did and she found ad destroyed my tape that I proudly labeled "Too Short" in felt pen. In fact all of my friends parents kinda did the same thing: Too Short was outlawed. And the only way we could listen to Too Short was in secrecy at a very low volume.
But never did I imagine Too Short yelling "Biatch" on the radio behind a transparent "bleep" or camouflaged sound... But 2 years later "Bitch" is all over the radio. Too many songs and artist to mention.
I admit, i used to get a real kick out of it, and I still fight an ebb and flow of comfort and discomfort when I hear it. But in the end I'm blaming Black women for the proliferation of the word BITCH.
I don't see white men hollarin "Bitch" in country music etc.., Black women you've let this get outta hand. Don't let Brothas call you "bitch." This abuse will continue as long as you let it!
(Now, this is where I yell "Biatch," but you can turn on the radio and hear it for yourself).