" is a Grammy Award
winning single from Queen Latifah
's 1993 album, Black Reign
. The single, released in 1994, spoke out against the disrespect of women in society, both from without and within. Because of its message, many radio and TV stations would play the song without censoring the words "Bitch" and "Ho", which appear often in the lyrics, particularly the chorus and the line "Who you callin' a Bitch?!" that ends each verse.
The single was a success, peaking at #23 on The Billboard Hot 100
. The single was most successful on the Hot Rap Singles
chart, peaking at #2; the single peaked on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
It samples "Message From The Inner City" by The Crusaders
The song won the 1994 Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance.
A remix version, known as the "Big Titty Remix" can be found on the release and the cd single of her song Just Another Day...
The video was directed by Mark Gerard who also directed her video "Just Another Day...". In The video, Latifah rides a motorcycle, which is a dedication to her brother Lance, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1992. The key she catches in the beginning (and wears throughout the video) is the ignition key to his bike.
The song is played towards the end of the 1996 movie Girls Town and again during credits.