Shady Records was eighty seconds away from the towers
Some cowards fucked with the wrong building
They meant to hit ours
The terrorist was supposed to hit the Shady Records building, but they were to scared and blew up World Trade Center, which was not that far from Shady Records.
Instead, Emimem is saying the terrorists were too “scared” to hit Shady Records, thus killing Emimem and all of the rappers on the label who are trying to make a difference through their lyrics; killing them would’ve ruined all chances for hip-hop to survive he’s saying (not literally). So the “terrorists” (the government) wouldn’t take the chances and hit the Twin Towers to blame bin Laden and the Muslim religion in order to invade their countries to become an extreme worldwide superpower. i.e. accomplishing the New World Order.
Side note: You have to remember this song is not a Eminem song, but a 50 Cent song. What Eminem truly meant is totally different from what Tech was trying to portray. Tech wanted to portray that the government wanted to kill people like Eminem who was also very vocal against Bush, BUT Eminem himself meant it that people were making threats to people in his label for making rap that wasn’t “radio friendly”. He was trying to exaggerate by saying people wanted 9/11 to be his building.
It’s true that the line is taken out of original context. However, Eminem not only must have given Immortal Technique permission to use it in this context but Eminem was also a producer on this track meaning Eminem must have been fully aware and supportive of the use in this context. Not to mention Eminem’s “Mosh” video has newspapers in it alluding to Bush having a part in 9/11 and I’d say Em was happy to have his lines said in this context.
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