Osama bin Laden released his debut rap album "Dead or Alive" yesterday, leaving many to question the veracity of his assassination, especially considering the timing and content of the album. Dead or Alive was released the day after President Barack Obama announced to the United States and the world that al Qaeda's symbolic leader had been killed by an American military operation near Islamabad, Pakistan.
The 87-minute album, which is longer than any of his hate-filled recordings, was produced and distributed by Saudi-based Jihadi Records. Bin Laden's freshman effort features 12 tracks, including "Who Terrorized Ya?", "Jihadi 'Em Up," "Al Qaeda Ain't Nuttin' To Fuck With," and "Kabul Love."
The Obama administration maintains that the album was recorded and produced well before the operation that killed bin Laden, but conspiracy theorists argue that some of the lyrics are too specific to be a coincidence, such as the following from "Jihadi 'Em Up":
Six seals couldn't drop me
I took it and smiled
Now I'm back to set the record straight
With my suicide bomb
I'm still that terrorist that you love to hate
Obama, I'll Jihadi 'Em Up!
Originally featured in the Daily Pygmy.