The police have handguns, Kevlar vests, horses, batons, shotguns and pepper spray, but the people have something that can be even more powerful; video cameras. For his latest effort the always unapologetically revolutionary B. Dolan flips N.W.A.s classic anti-cop anthem F**k the Police into a motto for the digital age. Film the Police finds producer Buddy Peace remixing Dr. Dre’s classic beat into a head nod inducing beat, setting up Sage Francis to kick off the festivities with an opening monologue that also serves as a hip-hop roll call. From there headliner Dolan reminds listeners just how powerful even an iPhone camera can be - “We aimin lenses at the state’s weapon / till they remember whose streets they’re protecting” - sentiments that Rhymesayers standout Toki Wright and Jasiri X echo in verses that double as political calls to action. While Film the Police isn’t part of a larger album, it is part of a larger movement. Occupy all streets, occupy hip-hop or simply occupy your block. Whatever it is you stand for, just make sure you stand for something. And wherever you go, don’t forget that camera.
Written by Nathan S. on 12/12/11
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