Sound of da Police
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|"Sound of da Police"|
|Single by KRS-One|
|from the album Return of the Boom Bap|
|B-side||"Hip Hop vs. Rap"|
|Released||December 6, 1993|
|Genre||Conscious hip hop, political hip hop, G-funk|
|Songwriter(s)||Eric Burdon, Chas Chandler, Rodney Lemay, Alan Lomax, Lawrence Parker|
|KRS-One singles chronology|
"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 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.
|US Billboard Hot 100||89|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||79|
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