From Jelly Roll Morton to Miles Davis to Misfits to Lil Kim to Jay-Z to THEESatisfaction, the word “bitch,” it turns out, is as central to the popular music lexicon as are “rock” and “roll.”

As an auditory aid to her history of “bitch” in popular music, Ann Powers also put together a Spotify playlist of key tracks (audio NSFW, obvs).

(Source: annkpowers)