Jay-Z Vows To Stop Using The Word ‘Bitch’ In His Music


After he made a veritable fortune rapping about “bitches” in his music, new daddy Jay-Z is now changing his tune. Word is that Jay is planning to retire the word “bitch” from his music from here on out … presumably out of respect for his newborn daughter (and singing partner) Blue Ivy. Apparently before Blue’s birth, Jay had no problem with the word “bitch” … now, that’s all changed. HMMM. Read on for more deets.

Jay Z and Beyonce’s new bundle, Blue Ivy Carter, must be a real charmer because at just one week old, she already has her daddy changing his ways. According to multiple reports, Jay has vowed to retire the word “bitch” from his vocabulary, his rhymes and his career. After the debut of “Glory” celebrating his daughter’s birth, Jay reportedly penned this poem to bid adieu to the B-word:

“Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich,/ I didn’t think hard about using the word Bitch./ I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/now with my daughter in this world/ I curse those that give it./ I never realized while on the fast track/ that I’d give riddance to the word bitch, to leave her innocence in tact./ No man will degrade her, or call her out her name/ the women won’t despise her and call her the same./ I know it’s gonna miss me/ cuz we been together like Nike Airs and crisp tees/ when we all used to hang out front/ singing 99 problems but a lady ain’t one./ Excuse me miss, can I be your mister/ cuz I can tell the difference from a little girl and a sister,/ She never grew up, her father left her alone/ I promise not to talk like we used to/ until Kingdom Come./ I’m so focused on your future,/ The degradation has passed/ I wish you wealth, health, and insight/ forever young you may pass./ Blue Ivy Carter, my angel.”

Sounds like an admirable quest for a rapper. It is never too wrong to start on the b-word-less track. We cant help but wonder if Jay will censor himself while rockin’ out live to “That’s My BLANK” on stage.

Yeah, this is great news. I’m not at all a fan of rap songs that focus on “bitches” and “hoes” (and “fags” or “faggots” for that matter) so Jay’s decision to stop using the “b-word” will not only have an impact on his fans but it will also, I think, have an impact on his peers as well. Now just because Jay-Z will stop using the word does NOT mean that everyone else will … but his lead on this matter may trigger a change in other rappers and, most assuredly, in many of his fans. I, too, am curious to see how he plans to censor himself from here on out when he performs the songs he already has that use the “b-word” but his decision to retire the word is a great positive step forward.

Still, I gotta say, as nice as this sentiment is … I sincerely doubt Jay would be giving up the “b-word” if he and Beyoncé had given birth to a baby boy.


  • But he didn’t realize the effect before?
    this is so stupid.

    • Mary

      Agreed. He doesn’t care about the effect his misogyny had on anyone else and in fact was pretty happy to take the money he made by using the B word. Total BS fakery, IMHO.

  • J

    Too little too late Jayz

  • karen

    Yeah, if it took having a baby girl to make me value females enough not to make money off of disrespecting them, I wouldn’t be so proud of myself.

    And I totally agree with you that if he’d had a baby boy, he wouldn’t be changing anything. (In fact, it probably would have cause him to glorify his ideal of masculinity even further. I can just imagine songs he’d have written about the “bitches” who would bow down to his son in the future.)

    To me, this news from him just highlights the dismal state of sexism in popular culture. But, yes, as you said — perhaps this change in him will have a positive effect on some of that. If so, that would be great, and long overdue.

  • Be a little inappropriate

    Yet he had no problem calling his wife a bitch several times on watch the throne…

  • Sfmom

    Please. He was okay with promoting this culture and a very derogatory view of women before…why is it that falling in love or getting married didn’t spark this newfound respect for women/awareness in him? For that matter…what about thinking “how would I feel if someone talked about my mom this way?”
    To me this feels like an empty gesture and maybe a little bit like a plea for (even MOAR!!!!) attention.

  • Xadax

    So does this mean that a guy has to have daughter so that he won’t do a double standard to society?

    Its just not fair. The more reason to hate him.
    Though its good that he changed, but I find it stupid for him to realize just within these days.

    • @Xadax — IMHO, it’s never too late to change. Why can’t you be happy that he’s changing rather than “hating him more” because he didn’t change when you thought he should’ve changed?

    • Xadax

      True, but its still frustruating at some point.

    • EXACTLY!! People sound so bitter. What he’s doing is essentially a positive thing so get over the negative. Jeez!

  • J

    We get it and it’s admirable – but is it really worth an announcement? Just don’t use the word anymore. It’s a trade mark of his music and it made him a lot of money and fans in the process. Now he wants to separate from it. Just leave the past as the past.

  • sars

    I think it’s nice Jay’s at least addressing the whole ‘bitch’ thing in rap music – but I doubt he carries through with his resolution.

    IMHO, I don’t think it matters if someone of Jay’s status chooses to use the word or not at this stage in his career. He’s already built his empire and profited off the word. Because of this, Jay can afford to cut it from future tours/albums while a younger, newer artist doesn’t have this luxury.

    It’s like when established actresses/models/singers gain a few extra pounds then make the media rounds talking about how “proud they are of their curves” and how they want to be role models for other young girls with body images – but do nothing to get “heavier” or “curvier” women in the industry. It’s lip service.

    It’s the same thing with the rap industry. Want to look tough? Pick on someone. Want to be popular? Join the bandwagon with the other thousands of young rappers chomping at the bit for the same opportunity.

    At least that’s how it seems the majority of the time :(

  • Sanchez

    Ugh. Just ugh. I admit I’m ignorant on the subject because I do not like ANY rap whatsoever unless I’m overhearing it blasting from someone elses car (I’m sure not ALL of it is profane and awful) but I really don’t understand how people can listen to those words and enjoy it. Do you sing along to such horrible lyrics? Do you personally relate to any of it? I just don’t get it. Never have. I don’t like country music either but I haven’t heard many country songs with offensive lyrics.

  • nicole

    i dont buy it at all. he shouldnt have made an annoucement because lets face it, after a couple years when the kids older..i’d bet everything i have that bitch will randomly start slipping back into his songs

  • D

    It’s “hos” not “hoes” – the latter is the plural of the garden tool

  • srp

    I think it’s nice that he is changing, but in what world was he in to where he didn’t realise the effect he had on makes and females. Were all the females in his life not important enough to realise that what he was rapping about was derogatory? This one act that he may or may not follow through with does not change my opinion of him or his music.

  • banana

    oh can we just get over with this whole thing about B and J’s baby girl? i mean, it’s so over-rated already!

  • I knew that having a child would ultimately end up changing the way Jay and Bey see entertainment. Until children come, for many entertainers, it’s just about the money, fame and not about the “good” influence. Now, watch how Bey and Jay end up changing overall for Blue.

  • LN

    I want to applaud him but I can’t. It just irritates me that celebrities who sell sex, sexism, violence, etc to children change when they have children. So it’s okay for you to sell it to mine but your precious one is exempt from it? It just rubs me the wrong way.

  • Velaine

    I feel like this sort of thing is common in most men. I don’t think it’s a celebrity move. When I was pregnant with my daughter, the half naked lady posters in my husband’s man cave all of the sudden disappeared.

  • megsterg

    Well, at least he realized the error in his ways, isn’t that whats important? It shouldn’t matter what it is that made him change his thinking, just that he did. And I think it’s great that he made an announcement about it. He has an influence and he’s using it for good. Good for him!

    • e

      1) I agree with most commenters – yes, this is a nice gesture, but too little too late … He’s kind of insulting the other women in his life by saying they weren’t important enough to change his use of the b-word.

      2) I’m really getting sick of this baby chatter … it was exciting at first but it feels like these 2 are treating their kid like the second coming of Jesus … enough already! You’re not the first 2 in the world to have a kid!

      3) Anyone else wondering if the very private Beyonce wants her husband to finally shut up? He’s released at least one major announcement a day since the baby was born … wondering if B is at home, rubbing her temples, saying “ok Jay, let’s just take today off from the press?