The Top 15 Hip-Hop Songs About Police Misconduct

Though artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Baby Huey spoke on police corruption, it wasn't until the dawn of the rap era that the message in the music began to convey the anger and frustration of people who had been systematically disenfranchised and brutalized since the United States was founded. In honor of the spotlight on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy—which has particularly affected men of color ages 18 to 24—SOTC decided to compile a playlist. Get your bail money together and let your lawyer know a riot charge is on the horizon—here are 15 songs that address abuses by police departments actross the country.

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It Must Be Said That The Obscenties-Only Remix Of N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton Is Pretty Awesome

Here we have Straight Outta Compton, the "explicit content only" version: each song distilled entirely to its swear words. Note that each track includes both its new duration and percentage of the original: "Fuck Tha Police," unsurprisingly, carries the day at 42 seconds (12.1 percent ECR, or Explicit Content Ratio). Though it's "Gangsta Gangsta," for whatever reason, that made me cry. Enjoy, but understand: This is probably what your mother thinks rap music is.