WATCH THAT B**CH WORD: HIP-HOP's Most Popular Proverb!

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Sidenote: I’d like to thank fellow editor AlecDawesome for helping me edit the article and pick some of the lines.

ORIGIN

“Life is a bitch so I pimp it.”2 Chainz Neighborhood Hoez

Life’s a bitch, a proverb that is used by virtually every rapper in the genre as of today. So much to the point where you would think, using this line is a requirement to be a rapper. The phrase made its first appearance in 1931 with the french film Isn’t Life a bitch?. In the film a married cashier falls in love with a hooker. On the other hand the hooker doesn’t care for him, because she is infatuated with her pimp. So, throughout the movie the hooker and pimp plot different ways they can get money from the cashier. The next time we would see this phrase used would be in music. In 1987 Metal Band Raven released their album titled Life’s a bitch. Seven years later it would make its entrance into hip-hop. In 1994 Nas released his debut album Illmatic. On the fourth track of the album featured a song with AZ named Life’s a bitch. On the hook of the track AZ chants “Cause you never know when you’re gonna go. Life’s a bitch and then you die.That’s why we puff lye. Cause you never know when you’re gonna go”. While it’s a negative outlook on life it really reflects their mindset and roughness of the environment they grew up in. Since this track was released there has been a increase in popularity with the phrase. Why you may ask? Well, it’s a mystery.

POPULARITY

“Not another line about how life’s a bitch/ Well fuck the world and enjoy it/ If she is, wonder can she ride the dick”J. Cole Disgusting

You could pinpoint it to a number of factors in hip-hop. Namely two, the first being Hip-hop’s relationship with women. As demonstrated in plenty of songs, music videos, and albums. The second being the fact the genre was created due to hard struggles of life and oppression. A prime example of this would be Jean-Michel Basquiat’s film Downtown 81. While watching the motion picture you may even think to yourself “This line explains the movie perfectly”. And maybe that’s it. This one phrase summarizes every famous rapper’s life before the fame. Many have mentioned the hardships such as Big Sean and Logic in their respective interviews. Despite, as mentioned earlier its popularity with rappers is unknown.

TRIVIA

“Life is a beach, I’m just playing in the sand”Lil Wayne Right Above It

There are a few intriguing connections to this phrase. Most share the same meaning, but are worded differently. The more humorous version of the phrase is life’s a beach. Typically used by surfers and people who idle beaches. The phrase life’s a beach can also be used sarcastically, and has the opposite meaning of life’s a bitch. Which is life can be gratifying and joyful.

Another well known phrase that shares similarities with Life’s a bitch is shit happens. The saying was first seen in pop culture in the film Forest Gump. Coincidentally, the film was released two months after Nas’s Illmatic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b3vg9k8Abc

TO CONCLUDE

‘’ Life’s not a bitch, life is a beautiful woman/ You only call her a bitch because she won’t let you get that pussy'‘Aesop Rock Daylight

Whether you’re a fan of the phrase or not, it’s implemented itself into hip-hop, and is likely to stay. I hope that this article gave you an more in depth look over the phrase use in hip-hop. So let me leave you with this question…

Do you feel that the phrase is a classic like Nas’s Illmatic or do you feel it’s just an overused punchline?

Thoughts and opinions are welcomed. Have a nice day!