Bin Laden (song)
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|Single by Immortal Technique, Mos Def and DJ Green Lantern|
|Format||12" vinyl single|
|Label||Babygrande Records, Viper Records|
|Producer(s)||DJ Green Lantern|
The song appeared on mixtapes since November 2004, but was not released until the summer of 2005. The 12" vinyl single also featured a remix by the same artists, adding Chuck D of Public Enemy and KRS-One. It also features two lines by Eminem: "I don't rap for dead presidents, I'd rather see the president dead, It's never been said but I set precedents" from "We As Americans", and "Shady Records was eighty seconds away from the Towers/Some cowards fucked with the wrong building, they meant to hit ours" from "Patiently Waiting".
Music and lyrics
The song, whose lyrics argue that conspiracy theories about 9/11, such as George W. Bush and previous Republican administrations being largely responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks, was received critically given its controversial chorus theme "Bush knocked down the towers", sampled from the song "Why?" by Jadakiss.
Immortal Technique raps: "Bush 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." In another line, Immortal Technique raps: "And of course Saddam Hussein had chemical weapons. We sold him that shit, after Ronald Reagan's election."
Immortal Technique explained his views on 9/11 in a 2008 interview:
I said on [Revolutionary] Volume 2, that I didn't think Bush was responsible for 9/11, I just figured that the government is lying about their relationships with the people involved in it. I'm not trying to come off like a conspiracy theorist, that's fine, but you can't marginalize the facts. I believe wasn't all but two of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and we invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Now we use the premise that the Taliban is harboring bin Laden but we pull out tens of thousands of troops when we have him cornered. There's a lot of things that are conspiracy theories that are actually true, they happen. I'm not just sitting here and saying outlandish things. There's definitely things the government doesn't want us to know, not for our protection, but for their protection.
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- "9/11 And Music Photos - Mos Def". CBS News. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
- Jeffrey Melnick (15 September 2011). 9/11 Culture. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 47–. ISBN 978-1-4443-5815-5.
- Sara E. Quay; Amy M. Damico (14 September 2010). September 11 in Popular Culture: A Guide. ABC-CLIO. pp. 223–. ISBN 978-0-313-35506-6.
- "Immortal Technique Interview - June 6, 2008 - Underground Hip Hop dot com". Undergroundhiphop.com. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2009-07-19.