Osama Bin Laden

Ten disses (and tributes)

Osama Bin Laden

It’s the news of the week. Of the year. In true Jack Bauer fashion, the American army launched an assault on the hiding place of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, public enemy number one of Western democratic countries, and took him and part of his family out before the eyes of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who authorised the operation. There are no images of the raid (and no body, as they buried it at sea), which according to the American government was intended to prevent iconic photos from being released and pilgrimage locations developing, so that Bin Laden won’t become a martyr – and there are precedents, after all, the Soviets did the same thing with Hitler after WW2. And what, might you ask, is Bin Laden doing on PlayGround? The answer is: over the past ten years, since the attacks on the Twin Towers, Osama has become a public figure whose shadow has reached across music as well, in lyrical mentions and so forth. In this list, we give you an overview of some musical moments, with Bin Laden in mind. There will be more from here on, so it’s a good time to “cover” the 2001-2011 period, with a lot of hip-hop, breakcore, gabber and dubstep. Read on.

1. Nettle aka DJ /rupture: “Serranito” (del EP “Bin Scrape Laden”, Soot Records, 2001)

2. Immortal Technique: “Bin Laden Remix feat. KRS-One” (Babygrande, 2005)

3. Awesome Bin Laden: “Crossword Hernia” (Blistering Winter Music, 2007)

4. Rob Sparx: “Bin Laden’s Mum” (Z Audio, 2006)

5. Rob Gee: “Fuck Osama Bin Laden” (Adam Recordings, 2003)

6. Three 6 Mafia: “Bin Laden Weed” (Columbia, 2003)

7. Spectre: “Bin Laden” (Wordsound, 2004)

8. Saigon: “Bin Laden On The Hook” (Simzz Beatzz, 2005)

9. Snog: “Al Qaeda Is Your Best Friend” (Hymen Records, 2006)

10. Eminem: “Osama Bin Laden Diss” (freestyle, 2009)

If we believe the information coming from the White House, Osama Bin Laden is dead. It’s the end of an era where he was public enemy number one, as another era (of uncertainty) begins. This was his decade of terror in the musical department.

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