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Kanye West asks fans: 'Can the word bitch be endearing?'

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Kanye West took to Twitter to ask fans for their views on explicit language used in hip-hop.

The rapper posted a series of messages questioning the rights and wrongs of using derogatory language in his music, even if it's meant in an endearing context.

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

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"I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes... Is the word BITCH acceptable," West asked. "To be more specific, is it acceptable for a man to call a woman a bitch even if it's endearing?

"Even typing it in question form it still feels harsh? Has hip hop conditioned us to accept this word? Do we love this word as much as we love the word N***A in an endearing way?

"Correction, here's the age old question, would we refer to our mothers as bitches? Would we call our fathers n***ers or better yet N***AS?"

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on their way to the Heliport in Manhattan.

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International Group:  Kanye West, left, and Jay Z perform in concert during the "Watch The Throne" tour

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He continued: "If n***a is such a positive word, why do we feel so uncomfortable for white people to say it, even with a hall pass?

"Is it ok to use bitch as long as we put BAD in front of it? Like you a BAD BITCH. Perhaps the words BITCH and N***A are now neither positive or negative. They are just potent and it depends on how the are used and by whom?

"What if there was no profanity... What if we decided to legalise profanity in a sense? In France they play songs with cursing on the radio."

West went on to clarify his stream of thought, explaining: "I was recently questioned about the use of the word BITCH in my music and initially was offended by anyone questioning anything in my music.

Kanye West, Coachella 2012

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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner

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"Stevie Wonder never had to use the word bitch to get his point across. I will admit that I sometimes go back an omit cursing from my records. I like to use profanity as a tool and not a crutch.

"I'm not tweeting to say what we need and what we don't... I just wanted to think out loud with you guys today..."

West recently revealed that he has written a track titled 'Perfect Bitch' about his current girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music collaborative album Cruel Summer is expected to be released on September 18.

Watch the music video for Kanye West's 'Mercy' below:

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