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October 23, 2004

When I downloaded the Eminem anti-Bush track from the semi-official site the other day, I also downloaded a track that at a quick glance looked like it had "Bin Laden" in the title. I didn't expect much, but figured I'd check it out later.

It's later.


As political music goes, man, does it blow the Eminem track away! It's like a hip-hop Juan Cole essay.

The song is by Immortal Technique and Mos Def (apparently with a few cameos by Jadakiss and Eminem), and is called "Bin Laden". You can listen to it here (scroll down).

Some lyrics:

Man, you hear this bullshit they be talkin’....Every day, man It’s like these motherfuckers is just like professional liars, youknowwhatI’msayin? It’s wild....Listen

Bin Laden didn’t blow up the projects
It was you, nigga, Tell the truth, nigga
(Bush knocked down the towers)
Tell the truth, nigga
(Bush knocked down the towers)
Tell the truth, nigga

...shit is run by fake Christians fake politicians,
Look at they mansions and look at the conditions you live in,
All they talk about is terrorism on television,
They tell you to listen but they don't really tell you they mission,
They funded Al-Qaeda and now they blame the Muslim religion,
Even though Bin Laden was a CIA tactician,
They gave him billions of dollars and they funded his purpose,
Fahrenheit 9/11, that's just scratchin' the surface...

They say the rebels in Iraq still fight for Saddam,
But that's bullshit I'll show you why it's totally wrong,
Cuz if another country invaded the hood tonight,
It'd be warfare through Harlem and Washington Heights,
I wouldn't be fightin' for Bush or White America's dream,
I'd be figntin' for my people's survival and self-esteem,
I wouldn't fight for racist churches from the south my nigga,
I be fightin' to be keep the occupation out my nigga,
You ever clock someone who talk shit or looked at you wrong?
Imagine if they shot at you and was raping your moms,
And of course Saddam Hussein had chemical weapons,
We sold him that shit, after Ronald Reagan's election,
Mercenary contractors fightin' a new era,
Corporate military bankin' off the war on terror,
And they controllin' the ghetto with the fear of attack,
Tryna distract the fact that they engineerin' the crack.


The only part of that I don't like is the "Bush knocked down the towers" line in the chorus. Everything else is pretty dope.

Posted by Jake at 02:38 PM | TrackBack (0)

You say you don't like that one line, but you don't explain why.

This timeline is great btw...


Posted by: nobody cares at October 25, 2004 04:08 AM

Immortal Technique is pretty rad, there are a couple of lines in any given song by him that I don't like, but overall I like most of his stuff. you should check out his album Revolutionary Vol. 2

Posted by: jon at October 26, 2004 01:20 AM

there's also a song on that page called "Dear Mr. President." It's worth checking out.

Posted by: brian at October 26, 2004 12:56 PM

"eminem's mosh"... video.


Posted by: @rt at October 27, 2004 11:41 AM

that line is a sample from jadakiss
i think it's very important that tech took this line from jadakiss track "why" , cause jada got censored all over the country because of that line and now tech just took it and made a chorus out of it that's just straight fire man...

Posted by: bombfirst.com at October 31, 2004 04:03 AM

Does this mean I can't despise Eminem anymore? :(

Posted by: Denise at November 1, 2004 11:44 AM

Yeah, I know, it's hard not to hate someone you have hated all these years, just try to ignore him.

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at November 1, 2004 12:19 PM

Its sad people can stick up for the pres. much less vote him back in. all you farm boys who are afraid of terrorism, just remember the real people in danger didnt vote for bush....ex. NY CHICAGO,LA, PHILLY why? because bin laden didnt knock the towers down...we as a corrupt nation got what was coming to us. the wrath of GOD.

Posted by: eric g at December 1, 2004 05:35 AM

we need to put an average everyday person in the oval office...someone who knows what its like to not have food in the fridge, who cant pay his rent on time, who has slept with gun fire at night outside his window.... if we keep the rich in power we will all one day be slaves to their greedy desires. Like it or not its too late realy. call it a new world order, or call it fate. jesus warned us. our constitution tried to prevent it, but we let THEM change the name of the game.

Posted by: eric g at December 1, 2004 05:42 AM
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