When “Bitch Bad”, the second single off Lupe Fiasco’s highly anticipated album, F&L pt. 2 The Great American Rap Album pt.1 dropped in June, Spin criticized the single in their article entitled “Lupe Fiasco Mansplains Misogyny on Counterproductive ‘Bitch Bad’”.

“Unfortunately, “Bitch Bad” fails to offer listeners many reasons to hear him out, what with its stilted flow (or lack thereof) and painfully sanctimonious tone. After introducing his two-dimensional characters with all the grace of a lecture, Lupe concludes his argument with this impossible tangle: “Bad mean good to her, she really nice and smart / But bad mean bad to him, bitch don’t play your part / But bitch still bad to her if you say it the wrong way / But she think she a bitch, what a double entendre.” At least the snare-heavy production by past collaborators the Audibles probably won’t piss off Pete Rock.” – An extract of the Spin article from June 26th.

Now Lupe Fiasco just released the visuals for the single, and Spin magazine goes in on the song and the artist yet again.

Why must we continually endure Lupe Fiasco’s half-baked conscious hip-pop?: Spin starts off calling the song/video “moronic”, “muddled”, “reckless” and “a mealy-mouthed missive.”

The publication continues to go on about their review of the video, criticizing the story Lupe’s telling, his characters, the rapper from the fake video shoot (who they quite impressively compared to 50 Cent), and the whole “black face” concept.

Lupe and Gil Green, by suggesting a video thug or a video chick are exactly the same as someone performing in blackface, add nothing to the discussion. It sure does seem powerful though, doesn’t it?

Spin continues:

“Bitch Bad” is, to play Lupe’s game and get histrionic, how you “debase” a “culture.” You twist a rap song into poorly thought-out grab for attention, and give it a muddled video, all under the guise of “starting a conversation,” which implicitly suggests that rap music isn’t having these conversations already. The use of the word “bitch,” sensitively deconstructed by Jay-Z on “99 Problems,” and currently being twisted and challenged by Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj, and many more female MCs, proves that the discussion doesn’t need a backpack rap hustler selling cynicism.”

These feelings of Spin editor, Brandon Soderberg sparked outrage within Lupe Fiasco as he went on a rant, expressing his feelings to his 1.2 million followers on Twitter.

Lupe tweeted:

Spin Magazine really be on one…so #BitchBad is “half- baked conscious hip-hop” huh? I see why you call yourself “Spin” cuz that’s all u do

To not like an artist soooo much you sure spend an awful lot of time cooking up eloquent garbage about him…stop reaching…it’s sad.

Sensationalism and half-truth runs the media. Practice real journalism or put fold out boy band posters in your mag and call it a day.

Yeah I think a #SpinMagazineBoycott may be in order…sick of the foolishness …

So yeah now you have my undivided and unshakable attention #BoycottSpinMagazine “All that I can stands and I can’t stands no more”…

It is there opinion…I agree…and my opinion is #BoycottSpinMagazine So I guess we’re even…tshirts coming soon…

My dignity and my respect for my art is of more value than a few visits to your website and your measly cover price #BoycottSpinMagazine

#BoycottSpinMagazine went nuts on twitter and Lupe retweeted many followers’ tweets for hours, until he finally called out the editor, Brandon Soderberg personally.

Ay Yo @notrivia just wanna say was really taken aback by your article. But I respect your freedom of speech but stil #BoycottSpinMagazine

And now that you have my attention @notrivia I intend to do my best to expose you and your publication 4 ur actions #BoycottSpinMagazine

I let a lot of things slide I don’t care if you despise the song But this is ur 2nd article where you’ve publicly disrespected me personally

Its consequences and repercussions 2 constantly poking even the tamest of lions. Ive done my best but now its Fuck You #BoycottSpinMagazine

Now I’m going to sleep @notrivia but I’ll be checking in on you all week and next now u can say all that you want directly to me. Ok? Peace.

In the midst of this drama, there’s only one question left to ask… did Lupe Fiasco actually take shots at 50 Cent?!

Stay tuned with Def Sounds for updates.


Written by Jaffar for Defsounds.com