During the war, Iraqis were deluged by a variety of American-sponsored broadcasts. On one of the radio stations thought to be backed by the CIA, it was possible to hear a parody of the gangsta-rap hit "Gangsta's Paradise." The M.C., who raps in a combination of English and Arabic, is none other than…the Dictataaaaa.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: As for that famous rap song he mentioned that was broadcast on Radio Tikrit, it was a takeoff of Coolio's Gangsta Paradise as sung by Saddam Hussein. [SONG-TAKEOFF OF GANGSTA PARADISE PLAYS]
MAN: I'M SADDAM. I DON'T HAVE A BOMB. I'M NOT A SOLDIER. I WORK AT A FARM.
BUSH WANT TO HIT ME. I DON'T KNOW WHY. AND IF I CALL HIM, HE TELLS ME GOODBYE.
SMOKING WEED AND GETTING HIGH I KNOW THE DEVIL IS BY MY SIDE.
MY DAYS ARE FINISHED, AND I WILL DIE ALL I NEED IS CHILI FRY. [LAUGHS]
BROOKE GLADSTONE: You can thank us for that later. Coming up, why the media find it hard to tackle the question of body counts, and what Iranian women make of Humbert Humbert. This is On the Media from NPR. [COOLIO SINGING GANGSTA PARADISE]