A recent Esquire story about the Seal Team Six member who fatally shot Osama bin Laden reveals an interesting rap world overlap: The Game is the artist the shooter listened to in order to pump himself up before going on killing missions. Specifically, “The Shooter” (as he’s anonymously identified in the piece)’s favorite song was Game’s “Red Nation.” “It’s about putting blood on the ground,” says The Shooter of the song. “We were the Red Team and we were going to leave some blood.” Esquire‘s Nate Hopper followed up the magazine’s Shooter story by asking The Game for his reaction to this information, and the CPT rapper answered approvingly, even lightheartedly.
ESQUIRE.COM: So how does it feel to hear that your song was what the guy who killed bin Laden listened to as he got pumped up?
THE GAME: I think that’s the shit, man. What’s crazy about that is that bin Laden might have heard “Red Nation” right before he died. That’s pretty cool. ‘Cause if you’re thinking about the speakers, sometimes it bleeds out, you know?
ESQ: [laughs] I don’t think he was actually listening while he was on the mission, because they’ve got to listen to each other. But when he was in training, he did.
THE GAME: Oh. Maybe while he was on the way to kill bin Laden maybe he was doing an a cappella.
ESQ: So you were, in a small way, a part of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.
THE GAME: I feel real patriotic. I feel real American. I feel like I had — ’cause what if he was listening to, like, John Mayer? Than he probably would’ve missed the shot or something. But I feel like “Red Nation” had him on-point.
ESQ: Even in your wildest dreams, did you feel like one of your songs could be involved in such a big part of American history?
THE GAME: I would’ve never imagined that they would be getting pumped up and ready to go on a mission, a field mission to kill bin Laden. I know dudes that do it in the locker room — football players, basketball players. You never just think that that secret, silent bin Laden team is pumping your music. But they’ve got to be pumping somebody. So I just appreciate that it’s me, man. That’s fucking crazy.
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