Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops

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Released 2006

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2006
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Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops is a Don Sikorski documentary where the ambitious filmmaker heads deep into the hip-hop world to see if the rumors of harassment between law enforcement and rap artists are true. The film, shot in 2006, takes Sikorski to the offices of different law enforcement agencies and into the seldom seen underground hip-hop industry, where he finds some interesting controversies involving well-known musicians. The cameras film a number of artists, including Kanye West, Fat Joe and Snoop Dog, telling their story of how the police interfered in their private lives only after they became famous. The director also presents a report from the FBI on covert operations involving rap production companies like Murder INC., where surveillance and wiretaps were once a daily chore for agents. Artists Russell Simmons and Suge Knight lead the director's investigation to a NYPD precinct where he finds a dossier with social security numbers, home addresses and license plate information on over 150 rap artists. Sikorski also begins to notice that people are following his crew and taking their pictures along the way. The director continues to look for answers throughout the film that would explain why law enforcement is so interested in Hip-Hop. He asks, is the interest because violence floods the industry with or is it because hip-hop proposes a treat to suburban America?moreless
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    Culture, African-American Heritage