I hadn't listened to this album since the early 90s. Rakim was one the hero's of my youth. Anyway, I was listening to this the other day while doing yard work and some lyrics from Casualties of War, about the first Gulf War, really jumped out at me...
*Notice the track is #4, 4:02.
War = 42; World War = 42; The Crusades = 42
Those lyrics are as follows.
Consider that September 11 was written about before it happened by PNAC, the Project for the New American Century, where they called for a "New Pearl Harbor". Since 9/11, the date has been referred to as the New Pearl Harbor.
Are these lyrics coincidental?
The release date of the 47 minute album was June 23, the 174th day of the year, leaving 191-days remaining.
New World Order = 174; Number of the Beast = 174
The Beast = 311