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"Sound of da Police" is the second and final single from rapper KRS-One's first solo album, Return of the Boom Bap. The song begins with KRS-One whooping twice to evoke a police siren (the "sound of the police"); this recurs several times throughout the song. This song was used in the trailer for Cop Out. "Sound of da Police" was released as a CD single featuring a b-side, "Hip-Hop vs. Rap". The song is produced by Showbiz from DITC.

The lyrics refer to police, in places like Bronx, New York. The lyrics are a protest against institutionalized racism, oppression and violence against the black community. This is all purveyed with lines like "Are you really for peace and equality?", comparing police officers to plantation overseers, from the slave trade. This song is very similar to a song released by N.W.A called Fuck tha Police, released 5 years earlier.

"Hip-Hop vs. Rap"

The b-side of "Sound of da Police" was the song "Hip Hop vs. Rap". The song contains samples of "The Bird" by Jimmy McGriff and "Ain't No Sunshine" by the Gregory James Edition. However, the song is known for KRS-One's various interpolations of songs starting halfway through the song and continuing until the end of the song. These songs, in order of appearance, are:

In other music and culture

  • Neg Dupree from Channel 4's Balls of Steel show uses the song as his entrance music, and hollers "Woop-Woop!" during the stunts although he claims that he started howling "Woop-Woop!" before the "Sound of da Police" was released to the public in 1993.
  • "Sound of da Police" was later sampled by Fatboy Slim in his song "Mad Flava" and Girl Talk in his song "Too Deep".
  • The b-side "Hip Hop vs. Rap" was later sampled for KRS-One's "MC's Act Like They Don't Know", The Black Eyed Peas in their song "Bend Your Back", O.C. in his song "Constables", The Alkaholiks in their song "2041", Will Smith in his song "Pump Me Up" and Kanye West in his song "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been) (DJ Premier Remix)".
  • Used in the trailer for Cop Out
  • Remixed by a DJ in a scene in the French Film La Haine
  • Skindred used the first few lines in their song Babylon
  • British comedy panel game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks occasionally features a round entitled "Whoop Whoop! Dat's Da Sound Of Da Police" in which each team will be shown a clip of a band or singer and must guess how the artist got in trouble with the police.




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