Lyrics that disrespect women are, unfortunately, nothing new in rap.
And so it is, unfortunately, no surprise that A$AP Rocky carries on the storied tradition on "Better Things," off of his new album, A.L.L.A., which hit stores on Tuesday, a week before its scheduled release.
The track and its lyrics are particularly notable, too, because rather than generalized misogyny, Rocky offers a very specific kind, pointed directly at Rita Ora.
He raps: "I swear that bitch Rita Ora got a big mouth/ Next time I see her might curse the bitch out/ Kicked the bitch out once 'cause she bitched out/ Spit my kids out, jizzed up all in her mouth and made the bitch bounce."
There hadn't been reports (or even rumors) about a relationship, of any level, between Rocky and Rita, which makes this all the more curious -- especially when you consider that he's calling her out for having a "big mouth," yet he's the one bringing their history up to the world.
Listeners on Twitter had a wide range of reactions to the track.
Some were appalled and critical of Rocky
So ASAP Rocky is shaming Rita Ora for having a sexual encounter with him, bet he would have shamed her if she did nothing too.— African Renaissance (@JJ_Bola) May 26, 2015
Patriarchy conditions men to fear women's sexual agency. Look at those lyrics. Ugh.— African Renaissance (@JJ_Bola) May 26, 2015
If as a rapper/MC you cant get out of using the B word/N word in your raps, your artistry is rubbish. Your expression is conditioned.— African Renaissance (@JJ_Bola) May 26, 2015
I hate stupid exes. We didnt even know Rita Ora let Asap Rocky hit it. I dont even like her but he's so wrong for talking all that nonsense.— Ima Rihanna Fenty (@prettiedove) May 26, 2015
ASAP Rocky just loves to disrespect women I see. First dark skin girls and now Rita Ora.— The Hendrix Review (@HendrixReview) May 26, 2015
And some thought it was unnecessary
ASAP rocky kinda lame for that Rita Ora diss man not gonna lie he could've kept that to himself— Biggz (@BiggaBoss_Biggz) May 26, 2015
asap rocky didn't have to Rita Ora like that on his album— K (@kaaanisha) May 26, 2015
Why did A$AP Rocky ever do Rita Ora like that smh— M-Nasty (@myeisha614) May 26, 2015
No matter how you slice it, or what went on between them, the rhymes certainly come off flagrant and disrespectful.