As just mentioned in our “Butter Knives” post, Raekwon released a snippet today of something far crazier than reminiscing about knife-fights in the project hallways, a track from an upcoming Scram Jones project called “Footprints of Osama.” And Rae’s obviously not the only one talking about the recently departed. Ras Kass jumped into the fray with his track “Hello Iraq (Bin Laden Post-Mortem)” as well. Neither rap is a straightforward Go! USA-type boast but still they come at it from totally different angles.
Rae’s track starts out like a biography, and not an unsympathetic one (maybe not totally surprising from the “PLO-Style” crew?). It’s impossible to know which direction he’s gonna go of course, since this is just a fragment–the track was recorded two years ago and Rae has hinted he may add lines to the existing verses in light of the news of Bin Laden’s death–but the snippet cuts off the narrative of young Osama with the mind-boggling words “remind me of Farrakhan, Malcolm and King.”
Ras Kass’ ”Bin Laden Post-Mortem” on the other hand, which just popped up on Nah Right–was obviously whipped up on the spot, complete with soundbites from President Obama’s announcement. The substance of the song is contained in the line “Now that Bin Laden dead / can we get our civil liberties back? / That George Bush stole with the Patriot Act?” Which is kind of a valid question, when you think about it. Download, listen, compare, contrast and discuss.