Whoop whoop, that’s the sound of the police. Whoop, whoop, that’s the sound of the beast. The decade when hip hop meant something, in 1993 the one and only KRS One, the person who along with MC Shan first started rap battles and dissing. The person who destroyed careers, MC Shan’s in particular (check the story here) had the wonderful inspiration of recording this masterpiece.
It is one of those songs that best describe NYPD’s attitude towards the black youth not only through the genius verses it contains but through the beat which is in full synergy with the lyrics. Find the lyrics here.
KRS successfully makes a direct correlation between the behavior and attitude of modern police officers with plantation overseers during the slavery days: “The overseer rode around the plantation.The officer is off patrolling all the nation. The overseer could stop you what you’re doing. The officer will pull you over just when he’s pursuing
The overseer had the right to get ill. And if you fought back, the overseer had the right to kill. The officer has the right to arrest. And if you fight back they put a hole in your chest!”.
But he warns that police harassment will not be tolerated anymore and he is prepare to deal with such behavior: “The police them have a little gun. So when I’m on the streets, I walk around with a bigger one”.
Police brutality has always been a major issue in the black community since police had reportedly overreacted when dealing with African Americans. There was one specific case which happened in 1991 and involved the heavy beating of unarmed Rodney King by four police officers and it was the first time in history such an event was caught on camera. A trial took place and the four accused were found not guilty despite the obvious evidence against them. As a result, all hell broke loose and Los Angeles’ streets were quickly filled with angry demonstrators who expressed their rage in a series of violent protests. Simply hip hop was another available weapon to use as a mode of expression against inequality and injustice. I keep saying it and i will keep saying it, hip hop meant something then, it really did, because stories of human pain and suffering where told and valuable lessons were learnt from them.
The beating of Rodney King on tape
I have been a victim of police brutality myself and trust me it is the most humiliating thing that can happen to you because there is absolutely nothing you can do. This MUST end at some point, enough is enough!
Check the song!