What are some of the best police diss songs in hip-hop? Put your middle finger to the police with us after the jump.
10. N.W.A. “F*ck tha Police”
The quintessential anti-police song in hip-hop, N.W.A's fervent “Fuck tha Police” has been a staple in the rap community since it first made an impact back in 1988. Sparked from a real life incident in which members Eazy-E and Dr. Dre were pulled over by police in Compton, “Fuck the Police” remains a vital part of pop culture with the eponymous slogan appearing on everything from t-shirts, artwork and tattoos.
9. KRS-One, “Sound of da Police”
Over 20 years later and the infamous “Whoop! Whoop! That's the sound of the police!” line is still as recognizable as any line in hip-hop history. KRS-One has always been one of the more outspoken and politically conscious rappers and his 1993 single “Sound of da Police” is perhaps his most hard-hitting and true to form. The song argues that police force in black communities is the same form of social control practiced during the time of American slavery. He wasn't messing around.
8. Public Enemy, “Anti-N*gger Machine”
While “Fight the Power” is undoubtedly Public Enemy's best known song, it's probably their song “Anti-Nigger Machine” from Fear of a Black Planet that truly showcases Chuck D's vigorous wordy exercise against law enforcement. The song features some of Chuck D's most impassioned and aggressive lyrics, as well as a prototypically awesome Bomb Squad beat to go along with the message.
7. Chamillionaire, "Ridin' Dirty"
It may seem a little hard to believe now but back in 2005 Chamillionaire was on the top of the rap game. His hit song “Ridin' Dirty” won a Grammy but don't be fooled: this ain't no ordinary pop rap song. The song actually has a lot to say about police brutality and more prominently, racial profiling. Chamillionaire was able to effortlessly use a catchy hook to tap into the mainstream and send out an important message while doing so.
6. The Game, “911 Is a Joke”
“911 Is a Joke” is commonly mistaken for being Pubic Enemy's definitive anti-police song, however the song actually isn't so much about police brutality as it as about slow paramedic response time in the urban communities. Thankfully Compton's very own The Game would utilize the song title to rail against authority. The subject matter of the song, the tragic death of Sean Bell in 2006, even brought literal tears to The Game's eyes during an interview.
5. J Dilla, “F*ck The Police”
Although master producer J Dilla isn't best known for his rapping ability (or at all) his homage to N.W.A's classic anti-police anthem is an excellent piece of inner city storytelling. Dilla used N.W.A's “Fuck the Police” to paint a picture of Dilla's native Detroit, a city ravaged by gun violence and drug dealing at the hands of the law.
4. Tupac, “Changes”
There's such a wide selection of Tupac tracks that deal with socially and politically conscious lyrics. But it's his posthumous 1998 single “Changes” that makes the list. Thanks to its smooth, soulful piano-laden beat 2Pac is able to clearly deliver an amalgam of issues from racism to police brutality.
3. 2 Black 2 Strong MMG, “Iceman Cometh”
We were unable to include Body Count's controversial “Cop Killer” song to the list as it's technically not a hip-hop song. However, there's 2 Black 2 Strong MMG to fill the void. Fittingly complementing their hardedge, metallic, guitar-driven sound is the group's aggressive, politically charged lyrics. There is perhaps no other song on this list that sounds as genuinely angry as “Iceman Cometh."
2. Ice Cube, “Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside)”
Borrowing his own verse from N.W.A's “Fuck tha Police” for the chorus on “Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside)” Ice Cube equates minorities to endangered species all thanks to police misconduct. Ice Cube is at his most street level on the track, violently lashing out against the injustice in the police force. It also doesn't hurt that Chuck D jumps on the track to get a piece of the action.
1. Killer Mike, “Don't Die”
Atlanta rapper Killer Mike is undisputedly one of the most underrated rappers in the game right now. And his 2012 album R.A.P. Music further cemented him as a gifted and commanding MC, with 12 stellar tracks that don't let up one bit. The album's standout cut “Don't Die” also proved Killer Mike to be a vibrant and socially aware individual, who has his eyes (and ears) to what is really going on in the inner city concerning police.