Study Guide

Sound of Da Police Introduction

Sound of Da Police Introduction

In a Nutshell

He's hardcore, old school, and in your face. He also calls himself a Teacher who believes that Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Almost Everything (KRS-ONE). 

He's on the bad side of people like Sean Hannity and the good side of people like Jay-Z, Styles P, Redman, Game, Ne-Yo, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Wise Intelligent, Rakka, Talib Kweli, and Rah Digga (listen to the track they all created together in 2009 for KRS' "Self Construction" project). 

Self-appointed old school by the mid-1990s, KRS-One has since ascended to a broadly respected status as a hip-hop veteran. KRS-One's "Sound of Da Police" is a hard-hitting track that speaks out against police violence and racial profiling in the middle of an incredibly turbulent time in racial politics. 

Even if you don't agree with him on every point, "Sound of Da Police" guarantees a raucous ride through KRS-One's unique hip-hop worldview.

About the Song

ArtistKRS-One
Year1993
LabelJive Records
Writer(s)R. Lemay, L. Parker (KRS-One), T. Washington, A. Lomax, B. Chandler, E. Burdon, J. A. Lomax, S. Stewart
Producer(s)Showbiz
Musician(s)KRS-One (vocals)
AlbumReturn of the Boom Bap

Music Video

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Influences on KRS-One

DJ Kool Herc
Erik B and Rakim
Afrika Bambaata
Run DMC
Bob Marley

Influenced by KRS-One

Q-Tip
Queen Latifah
The Roots
Talib Kweli
Rhymefest
Black Eyed Peas
Notorious BIG
Tupac
Eve
Saul Williams

Sound of Da Police Resources

Books

KRS-One, The Gospel of Hip-Hop: First Instrument (2009)
From the nineties into the 2000s, KRS-One developed a spiritual and political worldview that he now calls the Temple of Hip Hop. The goal of the Temple is the preservation, practice and study of hip-hop culture. This book is KRS-One's version of a Temple of Hip Hop gospel.

Albums

Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded (1987)
This was B.D.P.'s highly influential debut album, which some (maybe not too accurately) say set the template for the great gangsta rap trend to come.

KRS-One: Return of the Boom Bap (1993)
Technically KRS-One's first solo album, this album came out after KRS had spent several years as a part of Boogie Down Productions, an influential hip-hop crew who also produced their own work.

KRS-One and Buckshot: Survival Skills (2009)
One of KRS-One's most successful albums of the 2000s, it shows his continued creative talents and ability to collaborate.

Images

Young KRS-One (1984)
KRS-One left home as a teenager and was homeless and living in and out of shelters for many years.

KRS-One: "I Am Hip Hop"
KRS-One is one of the predominant carriers of the old-school hip-hop torch these days.

Return of the Boom Bap Cover (1993)
This is a stylish album cover reminiscent of old blues covers by Blue Note Records.

"Sound of Da Police" Photo
KRS-One was originally a graffiti tag for Lawrence Parker, who also goes by Kris (short for Krisna, his middle name).

Movies & TV

Rhyme and Punishment (2011)
This documentary, narrated by KRS-One, looks at the relationship between hip-hop and incarceration, detailing the lives of rappers who have done jail time.

Letter to the President (2005)
This Snoop Dogg-narrated documentary provides a thought-provoking overview of the relationship between hip-hop and politics over the last 30 years. KRS-One appears as himself.

Websites

KRS-One Temple of Hip Hop on MySpace
Check KRS-ONE's MySpace page for touring and album updates. Temple of Hip Hop is the name of his latest personal escapade, a cultural and political movement honoring the origins of hip-hop.

Video & Audio

KRS-One: "Sound of Da Police" Video (1993)
This video intersperses historical footage of military and police with KRS-One rapping in front of a color-changing 90s background.

KRS-One: "You Can't Be Rich and Continue to Make Real Hip Hop"
KRS-One gets on Real Talk NY to dish another one of his controversial viewpoints. But give it a listen—the man represents the real Old School.

KRS-One on Hannity America (2007)
KRS-One gives Hannity a relatively funny if a bit inconsistent dish about the use of profanity and the n-word in hip-hop, followed by an exhausting yelling discussion of KRS-One's controversial 9/11 comments.

KRS-One feat. Nelly, Styles P, Redman, Game, Ne-yo, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Wise Intelligent, Rakka, Talib Kwelli, and Rah Digga: "Self Construction" (2009)
KRS-One assembled a great big crew of superstars to create a new and updated anti-violence track. Please forgive the mediocre slideshow—when we last looked, the official STV website was unavailable.

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