Cypress Hill’s 1998 song, “Looking Through The Eye Of A Pig,” contends with the effects of persistent and pervasive anti-Black discrimination by police officers fixated on both responding to and perpetuating a culture of fear in poor communities of color.

Cypress Hill’s 1998 song, “Looking Through The Eye Of A Pig,” released on the album Cypress Hill IV, contends with the societal and individual effects of persistent and pervasive anti-Black discrimination by police officers fixated on both responding to and perpetuating a culture of fear in poor communities of color. The lyrics excerpted here paint a picture of skeptical impressions between neighbors and deeper, potentially longer-lasting psychological damage.

Note: Though all categories are far from “complete,” the sources originally selected by the Buell Center research team and comprising the category of “Arts & Culture” deserve particular acknowledgement as such. Many songs were drawn from Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists, by Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, and Jeff Mao (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999). Limited by time and individual expertise, the Center’s hope was always that subsequent contributors might further build out all categories (and add their own)—“Arts & Culture” especially.

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Buell Center (jrm2031)