Over several decades, hip-hop continuously finds itself in the center of controversy. Whenever women are called derogatory names, hip-hop is to blame.
When someone falls victim to gang violence we blame hip-hop. If a student decides to dropout of school we point the finger at hip-hop. But on May 2, 2011 when it was time to take out Osama Bin Laden, one of the biggest terrorist of all time, hip-hop is to thank.
Over the weekend, TMZ caught up with retired U.S. Navy Seal Robert O’Neill. The ex-Navy Seal team member admitted that on the night before he laid Bin Laden to rest in his compound, he was listening to The Game’s “Red Nation” featuring Lil Wayne.
“The night of [the raid], yeah I actually listened to ‘Red Nation’ by The Game. Yeah that’s no kidding. He’s got some good stuff going on,” O’neill said.
With that being said, The Game and Lil Wayne deserve an honorary medal for their service. After the infamous 9/11 terrorist attack, Bin Laden could not be found by the U.S. military for almost 10 years. Not even a month after “Red Nation” releases, O’Neill puts a bullet in Bin Laden’s head. Coincidence? I think not.
This further proves that music is a universal language. Although The Game and Lil Wayne were referring to their Blood gang affiliations in “Red Nation” it helped inspired one Navy SEAL to preserve millions of lives.
The song calls for an allegiance amongst a brother, saying that it’s time to step up. Waking up is a gamble alone because tomorrow is not promised.
Even though we are facing life and death at war, when it’s time for action there’s no time to freeze. That’s what O’Neill got from the song.
Maybe hip-hop is not so controversial after all. At the end of the day, everyone receives the message that hip-hop music gives differently.
Lil Wayne and The Game will go down as American heroes.