According to Wikipedia, September 11, 2001 goes down as the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history. The attacks on both the Word Trade Center in New York and The Pentagon in Virginia left 2,996 people dead and more than 6,000 people injured.
Though it’s been 18 years since the tragic event, I remember it like it was yesterday. I don’t wanna tell my age, but I vividly remember sitting in Sr. Judith Therese’s math class when our principal, Sr. Richard Francis (I went to private school), announced on the loud speaker that we would be leaving school early. I didn’t know the seriousness of it until I got home and watched the news.
Since that day, it’s safe to say that 9/11 affected all of us, including hip-hop. The music community was greatly affected and rappers had a lot to say about the tragedy. From Jay-Z to Lupe Fiasco to Consequence, here are what a few rappers had to say about 9/11.
Jay-Z, who dropped his sixth studio album, The Blueprint , on the same day as the attacks, was inspired to drop his “9/11” freestyle:
“Bootleggers, bombing, Bin Laden
I’m still crackin’
I will not lose, I simply refuse
I dropped the same date as the Twin Towers
I show power
Still I show compassion for others, sent money and flowers“
Hov revisited his memory of 9/11 during the 8th anniversary of the tragedy. During a performance at Madison Square Garden, Jay spoke on his thoughts of 9/11 before turning his massive, Kanye West and Rihanna-featured hit, “Run This Town” into a New York anthem.
“Terrorists attacked New York City and took down our towers. They believed that it would weaken us; They were sadly mistaken. On Sept. 11, when I looked on the TV, I saw the strength and resiliency that made New Yorkers New Yorkers. I was proud to be from here. Now we stand here tonight eight years later even stronger. This is our town. We run this town, New York City. New York City, we run this town.”
In an interview with DJ Booth, Consequence told his 9/11 story.
“I was in Queens, NY when the attacks happened. Since this was before the age of mobile apps, I watched it all occur as it was reported on TV. When 9/11 occurred, the music business in NYC was one of the first corporate casualties. It took a few months for labels to return to fully operational status. Of course, with a tragedy of that magnitude, it puts a dent in the culture of a city. But I will say that New Yorkers have persevered and have become stronger because of the experience.