Every now and again, we hear something about the music industry that sounds too weird to be true.
According to a new book written by a former soldier named Will Bardenwerper titled “The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid,” Saddam Hussein was just as big a fan of hip-hop as you or I.
After being captured by U.S. troops for crimes against humanity, Hussein was guarded by American guards. These guards developed a rapport with Hussein, allowing him to watch television and listen to music as a reward for good behavior.
The book alleges that Hussein enjoyed American television shows like Sesame Street, and older movies like Dracula. It also alleges that Hussein became quite the rap fan — enjoying Mary J. Blige in particular.
It’s not easy to imagine Saddam Hussein, an internationally-hated dictator guilty of unspeakable crimes, listening to Mary J. Blige.
But that’s what “The Prince in His Palace,” which drops this month, alleges.
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