Inside the Complicated History of the Anti-Cop Anthem ‘Sound of Da Police’

“‘Sound of Da Police’ wasn’t the first time KRS called out police harassment and criminality in his music. With BDP, he had released songs like ‘Illegal Business,’ ‘Who Protects Us From You?’ and ‘30 Cops or More.’ The cover of 1989’s Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop featured an image of him on a stoop being confronted by a Black cop. Still ‘Sound of Da Police’ would be his most indelible indictment.” —Eric Ducker