Sound of da Police

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"Sound of da Police"
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Single by KRS-One
from the album Return of the Boom Bap
B-side "Hip Hop vs. Rap"
Released December 6, 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre Conscious hip hop, political hip hop, G-funk[citation needed]
Length 4:18
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Eric Burdon, Chas Chandler, Rodney Lemay, Alan Lomax, Lawrence Parker
Producer(s) Showbiz
KRS-One singles chronology
"Outta Here"
(1993)
"Sound of da Police"
(1993)
"MC's Act Like They Don't Know"
(1995)
"Outta Here"
(1993)
"Sound of da Police"
(1993)
"MC's Act Like They Don't Know"
(1995)
Audio sample

"Sound of da Police" is the second and final single from rapper KRS-One's first solo album, Return of the Boom Bap. It was released as a CD single featuring a b-side, "Hip-Hop vs. Rap". The song is produced by Showbiz from DITC.

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. The heavy bass sample loop was taken from Grand Funk Railroad's cover of Inside-Looking Out, the final track of their not quite eponymous LP Grand Funk (album).

It featured in the films Cop Out and Attack The Block, was featured as an in-game radio selection in the 2015 video game Battlefield Hardline (by Electronic Arts), and was used for the end credits of the 2016 movie Ride Along 2[1] and in the 2016 published The Angry Birds Movie soundtrack. The 'Whoop whoop, sound of da police' hook was referenced by ska-punk band Sonic Boom Six on their track Piggy In The Middle[2].

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 89
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[4] 79

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