Kanye West Debates The Use Of Expletives In Music
Taking to Twitter for what many initially assumed to be one of his customary rants, Kanye West pondered some important questions yesterday concerning the use of the words ‘b***h’ and ‘n***a’ in hip-hop music…
“I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes... Is the word B***H acceptable?” began Kanye, going on to ask: “Has hip hop conditioned us to accept this word? Do we love this word as much as we love the word N***A in an endearing way?
“Here's the age old question, would we refer to our mothers as b****es? Would we call our fathers n****rs or better yet N****S?”
His questions are supremely poignant ones, made all the more so by the fact that his music is often riddled with the use of such words; his most recent offering being ‘Perfect B***h,’ an ode to his current beau, Kim Kardashian.
"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,” he wrote – suggesting, therefore, that when unedited the use of the words are a conscious decision.
Kanye culminated by tweeting a link to Lupe Fiasco’s new video ‘Bad B***h.’ “I just wanted to think out loud with you guys today,” he later said.
What do you guys think; should we accept words like this in music?
Words: Alya Mooro (@moorizZLA)