Immortal Technique: “Bin Laden”
On this single off Immortal Technique’s upcoming album, all-star guests provide choruses between heavy political verses. The A-side remix, featuring Chuck D and KRS One, begins with Al Sharpton declaring, “You may have a momentary victory, Mr. Bush, but you don’t know who we (African Americans) are.” Then Immortal Technique kicks in with the heavy stuff: “Government front religious, but they heart is empty/like a televangelist preaching out of his Bentley./Calling abortion murder in a medical building/but don’t give a fuck about bombing Iraqi children.” On the chorus, Chuck D shouts “Bush knocked down the towers!”
The original mix with Mos Def on the chorus features different verses. Immortal Technique rails against the Patriot Act, then the Bush administration, saying, “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 911, that’s just scratching the surface.” He continues, “And of course Saddam Hussein had chemical weapons;/we sold them that shit after Ronald Reagan’s election!” The 12-inch hit the street July 4, with competent production by Eminem’s ex-DJ Green Lantern. It’s a welcome addition to the emerging “political hardcore” scene.