Lead-off track on new album is all about raising self-esteem and the American morale...

Rapper MYSTIKAL has emerged as one of the first stars to take aim at OSAMA BIN LADEN and declare patriotic feeling for the US in one of his tracks.

On ‘Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against the Wall)’, the first track on forthcoming new album ‘Tarantula’, the New Orleans native raps: “You keep bumping me against a wall/Yeah, I know I let you slide before/But until you seen me, trust me/You ain’t seen bouncin’ back.”

“He’s talking about Bin Laden’s people,” The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams, who co-produced and sang on the track, told MTV. “That whole crew who has America on their hearts and have been trying to hurt us and sorta disband us.

“When he says ‘Bouncin’ Back’, he doesn’t mean we’re striking back. He just means getting back in the stride of things and healing. It’s not necessarily about the war aspect, but just the American self-esteem and the American morale – raising it back to what it was before. America’s bouncin’ back. It’s gonna take so much more than anthrax to wipe us out, and blowing up our planes,” he added.

Mystikal is a former US soldier who served during the Gulf conflict a decade ago. The album is released through Jive/Zomba in the US on December 18. It has no confirmed release date in the UK, but will appear early in the new year.