Hip Hop Police: True Story of Hip Hop, NYPD, LAPD, and DEA
|For many years, the Hip-Hop Cops were considered by many to be simply Rap folklore, glorifying and amplifying the gangster image through rappers stories that ran the gamut-everything from invasion of privacy through stringent surveillance tactics, to outright prejudice and racial profiling. In this stunning documentary, director Don Sikorski uncovers a 500+ page dossier that he surprisingly received after several freedom of information requests were denied.
This government compiled dossier is jam-packed with personal and sensitive information on the industry’s artists and players including addresses, social security numbers, associates on everyone in the music game. Not only does Rap Sheet prove that the Hip-Hop Cops exist, but it also traces to Washington Heights, and its ties to the NYPD, FBI, DEA and IRS.
Ben Chavis of the NAACP discusses his opinion on the surveillance activity of rappers, and law enforcement officials describes that certain rappers like 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes were followed because of threats against their lives, and although publicly rappers spoke against the surveillance, behind closed doors certain rappers appreciated the extra protection.
Former NYPD officer and founder of the gang unit, Lou Savelli talks about the purpose for such a dossier and chronicles crimes that rappers have been involved with such as the the shooting of 50 cent, the shooting at 97Hot radio involving Lil Kim, and the shooting implicating Shine Barrow of Bad Boy.
Featured Interviews include: The Game, Ghost Face Killah, Cam’ron, Jadakiss, Irv Gotti, Shyne, Prodigy, Juelz Santana, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Doug E. Fresh, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Jim Jones, Guru, Russell Simmons, Swizz Beatz, Suge Knight, Damon Dash, Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg, Proof, Run DMC, Chuck D, N.O.R.E., Wyclef Jean, Pras, Pistol Pete, Mos Def, Saigon, Slim Thug, Lil Cease, Rza, Black Child, The Outlawz, Layzie Bone, Littles, Shiest Bubz, Chris Lighty, Capone, Dr. Ben Chavis, Tony Sunshine, Kurupt and Fredro Starr.