-- by Crystal McMillian, August 2006  

  Get in the zone. Turn the volume up on the MP3 and push the buds in deep enough to physically touch your ear drums. Close your eyes. Let the music fill you. Let the spirit of the music prepare you.

You are about to take a step that will change your life forever! You only get one chance. Think about why you're doing this. Remember all the things you've been taught. You've waited your entire life to do this... you LIVED your whole life to do this. Go over the plan. Nod your head to the beat. Visualize your success! Move your lips to the words. Take a deep breath. Adjust the device. Button your coat over it. (It LOOKS FINE! No, no one can tell.) Get in the car. Get dropped off at the bus stop. Jump on the commuter bus filled with folks coming and going. Nod your head to the beat. Remove ear buds. Repeat the prayer to yourself. Scream out the scripted words.
(Three----Breathe in)

What is the sound track to a terrorist attack? I use the term 'terrorist' loosely considering the fact that 'victim' is relative to which side of the line you're standing on. Setting all assumptions of Islamic extremism aside, all major news network sound bites on mute, and clips of bloodied children on pause - what is the sound track to the passion of a suicide bomber or airplane hijacker? Can you imagine Hani Hanjour or Amed Alnami (two of the 9/11 hijackers) bouncing hip hop on their way to the airport? Yes, so the 'big deal' is that they want the western world to leave them the freak alone to live their way of life without interference. I know that they probably wouldn't allow western hip hop to be a inspiration or driving force, but let's just suspend disbelief for just a moment. Mmmm kay? Fact is, every movement needs a soundtrack, Jihad is no different.

Looking at American history, the sixties gave us Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and other classic rock and roll. You know, the kinda music you could protest and riot to. Hell, currently, hip-hop is a movement all to itself. Its base lines beat all the way across the Atlantic. Surfing the net, while thinking about what a suicide bomber's play list would sound like, I even came across some Palestinian Emcees who go by the name DAM (Da Arab MCs). They freak a mid-eastern sample and ask the question 'Who's the terrorist now?' And they yell 'FREE P' (Palestine) in true 2Pac form. Hip hop is all over the world so a better question would be why wouldn't a bomber listen to music that has just as much passion and creativity, energy, dedication and adaptability as they do?

(Two...push the button)

So I thought to myself... If Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, or any other faction of the 'Insurgency' made a mixed tape, who would be on it? I asked a few friends what they thought. I spoke with my brother and a good friend of mine, both of whom fought in Iraq, what songs they played before carrying out missions. The following is a list of songs that We decided that 'terrorists' should listen to amp themselves up before bombing a bus or hijacking a plane. Fifteen or so hot, hype, blood pumping tracks that always make me wanna go out and do something (fight or fuck if I'm drunk, turn the music up to 10 and MOVE if I'm sober).

1. Ruff Ryder's Anthem - Ruff Ryder's - 'cause in 1998-99 that beat dropping' meant a party was not far behind.
2. The Rottweiler - Meth and Redman - doesn't it just make you wanna club somebody?
3. Fight the Power - Public Enemy - cause it just SCREAMS social change
4. Fuck tha Police- Public Enemy and that sweet shit from J. Dilla 'cause really who likes the police and the US does kinda try to police the world don't we?
5. Insane in the membrane - Cypress Hill - this was my brother's suggestion, go figure
6. I go to Work - Kool Moe Dee - basically, if 'terrorism' is ya job you are about to go to work
7. I'm bad - L.L. Cool J - nothin' like an ego trip to get ya in the mood to bomb some shit.
8. Hit 'em up - 2Pac - gotta have some Pac, plus ya gotta know the enemy are some bustas!
9. No Limit Soldier - Master P and company - Well, just because dammit!
10. King of Rap - Run DMC - classic
11. Move Bitch (could also be substituted with Throw them Bows) - Ludacris - 'cause that's what they are about to do in a matter of words, huh?
12. Walk like a Warrior - Dead Prez - just to keep the spirit of revolution alive
13. Ain't no future in your frontin' - MC Breed - gotta put the hometown boy in the mix!
14. Mo' Murder' Bone Thugs and Harmony- cause if we gone murder some cats may as well claim it!
15. Bombs over Baghdad Outkast - How appropriate, huh?
16. Anything by Eminem - let's just admit the man is disturbed.
17. Wu-tang clan ain't nothin' to fuck with Wu-tang- gotta have solidarity with ya homies (before you bomb the shit outta somethin'!
18. Triumph - Wu Tang - I'm just sayin' tho''this IS the last shit you will ever listen to in your life'sooooo'
19. Ready or Not The Fugees - self explanatory
20. Quiet Storm Mobb Deep 'never saw that one comin'! But everybody knows the lyrics.

Hip Hop has gone hand in hand with social change since its inception. And isn't this whole 'terrorist' movement (Jihad if you will), just another form of social change? Regardless to what you may think about it, regardless to what the media may tell us; it's a group of folks trying to change their circumstances by any means necessary. They are the true believers. Like Russell Simmons Rick Rubin in that dorm room or Kanye, post accident. No back up plan. It seems almost ordained (by whatever god you believe in) that these rebels would relate to a form of music that originated from a people, a generation even, so acquainted with oppression, inequality, and the interruption of their ways of life.

Yeah, I think that those suicide bombers listen to hip hop before they do what they do. But I'm sure the sound of bombs exploding doesn't compare to the bang of an 808 from a sick beat. You may now to return to your regularly scheduled, main stream, network news program.

(One. BOOM!)

Cool Crys is a rookie at MVRemix, not accustomed to spewing her self- centered opinions to a real audience, she is curious as to what you think about her style. Thus, she formally invites YOU to comment on the MVRemix forum/message board. Post your threatening letters here (she'll be sure to promptly and thoroughly ignore them.) Or add to the list of songs on the 'BOOM' Soundtrack.
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(but really, it's just Crys)

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