In the interest of pure visceral response to a situation that makes all decent Americans feel sick with anger yet powerless, I wanted to gather a number of music videos that address our feelings about the situation.
You know, as powerless as we all feel about this, can you imagine how powerless these craven, paranoid, infantile and cowardly racist cops must feel to think it necessary to cover up their own wrongness with that much more wrongness? Pathetic, it is. Sorry guys, a gun will never be a penis, no matter how tightly you grip it at night.
Tom Rushen Blues
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
Trouble Every Day
The Law is for Protection of the People
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
I Shot the Sheriff
Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
Police on My Back
Hate the Police
Fuck Tha Police
See also: most of the rest of PE's songs. It's pretty much there in their name.
Ice Cube (featuring Chuck D)
Just a Friendly Game of Baseball
I Hate Cops
Sound of da Police
Holler If You Hear Me
April 29, 1992
Fuck the Police
American Skin (41 Shots)
Rob Hustle (Featuring Liv)
Call the Cops
Now that I look back at these songs in a historical context, the silence of today's biggest rappers is even more damning, but not any particular surprise. After the explosion of hip-hop in the late 80s and early 90s, Big Music invested heavily in "Gangsta;" favoring rappers who put personal gain above the socially conscious issues affecting Black America. Yes, there IS still socially and politically aware hip-hop out there, but they've been pushed to the thinnest margins of alternative hip-hop while mainstream America continues to pretend that Jay-Z matters.
Note: Neither this blogazine nor its writer endorse violence against the police. I do, however, understand how people can get to feeling that way, given the current (police) state of "law enforcement" (accent on the "force") in America today. We're all pretty fucking fortunate that poor and minority urban Americans don't react to genuine abuses the way NRA fanatics react to the slightest imagined sleights.
Here's one for you, racist gun-nuts and shit-bag cops...