KRS-One’s 1993 song, “Sound Of Da Police,” released on the album Return of the Boom Bap, addresses anti-Black discrimination by police officers, with a special emphasis on history and space. The lyrics excerpted here highlight similarities between police on the beat and overseers charged with managing enslaved laborers on plantations prior to the Civil War.
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 build out all categories (and add their own)—“Arts & Culture” especially.