A soldier is thanking an unlikely source for saving his life in Afghanistan: Lil Wayne & his 2008 Tha Carter III album cut “Tie My Hands” featuring Robin Thicke.

KOMO News reports how Lander Chappell, a Private First Class, describes the incident that changed his life forever.

“We were going to clear this road, and we had a thing that shoots grenades down the road. Pressure grenades to put pressure on the ground to blow any pressure plate IED’s,” Lander described. “We had a guy who was clearing. I guess he just missed it. And as I came up, I stepped to the right just a little bit and next thing I knew, I was in the air. I’m looking at the sky. I don’t wanna look, I don’t wanna look. At the same time, you really want to look because you just want to see. Make sure. But my leg, it was gone.”

A fellow solider had the idea of him singing the Weezy tune, and it in fact helped. Lander says, “It got my mind off it and finally the medivac came. We were still singing. We get on to the medivac. It’s one of the things I really appreciate him doing for me.”

He also bigged Weezy up on Twitter as well. Check out his tweet:

“Would like to thank Lil Wayne for making Tie My Hands. It kept me alive when I stepped on an IED in Afghanistan. That song is inspiration.” – Lander Chappell (@BamaboyLC)

See more of this inspiring story in the video below: