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Soldier Says Lil Wayne’s “Tie My Hands” Saved His Life in Afghanistan Incident

Lil Wayne is one of the biggest stars in rap, but even he is still appreciative when his music influences another person’s life. He was recently thanked by an American soldier for his song “Tie My Hands” off his Grammy-winning album, Tha Carter III.

Lander Chappell, who is a private first class in the U.S. Army, says the song encouraged him to stay alive when he stepped on a hidden bomb and lost his leg in Afghanistan.

Chappell recalls during an interview posted on Lil Wayne HQ that he was losing blood and consciousness. A soldier who was trying to keep him awake told him to sing his favorite song. “”He was like, ‘I got something for you,’ ” Lander said. “Sing your song. Sing your favorite song. Sing it, sing it, sing it.”

He sang Wayne’s “Tie My Hands” over and over again. He also credits that it saved his life. “I play it all the time,” he said. “And I sing it all the time. And the beat’s always in my head.”

He added, “It got my mind off it and finally the medevac [medical evacuation] came. We were still singing. We get on to the medevac. It’s one of the things I really appreciate him doing for me.”

Wayne immediately heard the moving story and tweeted out his response on Twitter.

While Chappell is undergoing physical therapy for his injuries, he is thankful for Wayne’s inspirational song.—Eric Diep

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