Kanye West questions hip-hop’s use of the word ‘bitch’

The rapper asked fans if they thought the word was 'acceptable'

Kanye West has questioned the prevalence of the word ‘bitch’ in hip-hop lyrics.

The rapper took to Twitter to explain his ‘struggle’ with the use of the word, asking fans: “I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes… Is the word BITCH acceptable?”

He went on to say that he was recently asked about the use of the word in his music and “initially was offended by anyone questioning anything in my music”. However, he added that he will “sometimes go back an omit cursing from my records. I like to use profanity as a tool and not a crutch.”

West also asked fans: “Here’s the age old question, would we refer to our mothers as bitches? Would we call our fathers niggers or better yet NIGGAS?” adding “Perhaps the words BITCH and NIGGA are now neither positive or negative. They are just potent and it depends on how the[y] are used and by whom?”

At the start of the year, it was claimed that West’s The Throne partner Jay-Z vowed to stop using the word ‘bitch’ in his lyrics, after his wife Beyonce gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter. However, the claims were later denied by his representatives.