Police Abuse

'This Is What Happens When You Call the Cops' Rap: Catchy, True, Sad

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Earlier this week, a little-known rapper who goes by the monicker "Rob Hustle" released a song that's quickly racking up views on Youtube. Titled 'Call the Cops,' it's a catchy tune, but a depressing catalogue of some of the most prominent recent abuses committed by law enforcement in recent years.

Hustle warns that when you call the cops, you often put your own life at risk. It's a problem that Reason readers are certainly familiar with. His music video shows countless clips of officers punching, pepper spraying, and otherwise brutalizing people.

The rapper issued a press release to accompany the song:

Increasing militarization of police in our country is becoming a threat to life and liberty. Laws are supposed to help and protect people. But when those laws – and the people that enforce them – become the danger, then someone must raise their voice. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchers? Me, you and other artists who care.

His lyrical accusations are, in a lot of cases, a little too broad for my taste. The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people. However, he does highlight some of significant specific incidents that Reason has also covered:

Yesterday, he made the track available on iTunes for 99 cents. The proceeds will go to Bounkham Phonesavanh, the then-19-month-old baby who was critically injured by a police flash-bang grenade during a raid in May. 

Had he waited a few more days, maybe he could have included this ongoing story about a 17-year-old who was fatally shot when he opened a door for a cop.

Here's the video. At three days old, it's got over 50,000 hits.

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    1. I thought the song was okay (for a rap), but the video was awful.

      At least, the images were.

    2. Eh, considering the song’s purpose, I’m not going to fault him calibrating for message more than musicality.

      1. Yeah but nobody is going to get the message if it’s delivered in a song that’s not worth listening to on its own merits.

          1. Yeah but see that’s the opposite. A catchy song with a dumbass message.

          2. Not a big rap fan, but excellent video.

        1. Thought it was kinda intense and catchy in an appropriately overwrought way… and if you watch the video I think it brings the message home with sufficient grittiness…”This is what happens when you call the cops…” then an image of someone getting absolutely cheap-shotted while cuffed by a fatass doughnut-punching pig… I’d give it an 8 outta 10…

    3. “Why do they call it ‘rap’?”

      “Because the ‘C’ is silent.”

      1. … said Poppa Kilo as he titled his bowler hat at a jaunty angle upon his head before hopping on his velocipede and riding away while whistling his favorite parlor song.

        1. Today I learned that those hilarious looking bikes also have a hilarious sound name.

          1. You know how much ass a Penny Farthing gets you?

            1. What about a boneshaker?

              1. The name implies it all, my friend. The name implies it all.

              2. What about a boneshaker?

                They’re a penny farthing here, same as downtown.

            2. It’s not the quantity of the ass that’s in question, it’s the quality.

                1. Now I have an image of Hugh sliding around in his socks on the hardwood floor with that girl while ironically listening to Glass Tiger’s first album. It’s not a pleasant image.

                  1. Except for the “ironically” part, that sounds like a grand time. I actually owned The Thin Red Line at one point. Bought it from Media Play if I’m not mistaken.

      2. The 1980s called and said they want their joke back.

        1. 1999 called and said… oh never mind.

        2. No. And get off my lawn.

  1. The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people.

    Of course! Ipse dixit!

    1. If you don’t count perjury as a crime then yes, a slight majority are law-abiding. Honest cops usually find another line of work pretty quickly.

    2. I you also don’t count abetting and/or ignoring the various felonies and misdemeanors committed by the “few” bad apples.

  2. That about sums it up.

  3. The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people

    Bullshit. Their “law-abiding” job is to arrest people who break the law. When they start doing that to the “minority” of police who aren’t, then you could say that. Since they don’t–they aren’t.

    1. Oh, lay off. Zenon has to cover his ass or Tulpa will flood the place with spittle-flecked rants.

      1. Yeah, but Tulpa waits until everyone is gone like the little coward he is. Zenon has nothing to worry about, because he’ll never see Tulp’s impotent whining.

        1. What handle is that impotent little shit trolling under now?

          1. On The Road To Mandalay

            1. Read the article on the cop killing the seventeen year old kid answering the door yesterday. “On The Road To Mandalay” is truly a shameless copsucker.

  4. The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people.

    [CITATION NEEDED]

  5. The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people.

    Are you law abiding if you refuse to stop a co-worker from pummeling an innocent and handcuffed person?

    Are you law abiding if you do not arrest a co-worker who is brandishing a weapon at someone that has in no way threatened him?

    Are you law abiding if you omit facts from your report that might implicate a co-worker you know committed a crime while arresting someone?

    Are you law abiding if you do not contradict the lies of another officer because it will cause your coworkers to ostracize you,even though your silence may result in someone being wrongfully prosecuted?

    Sorry, Zenon. I don’t think most cops are law-abiding people.

  6. “The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people.”

    I used to believe that myth, but I started paying closer attention to things.

    You will trust these people at your peril.

    1. “I don’t always abuse the innocent people I arrest by ramming a beer bottle up their ass. But when I do, I always use Dos Equis.”

      – The Most Interesting Cop in the World

  7. The majority of cops are law-abiding? Sure, I guess, in the sense that cops are the law.

    1. I’ve actually had a cop say to me “The law is whatever I say it is.”

      1. That’s what you get for not moving out of Mega-City One.

          1. Goddammit. Refresh, Penguin, refresh before posting..

      2. Ah, the Joey Belladonna philosophy of jurisprudence.

  8. I wonder if ‘ol Jack Dunphy is going to write something in response to this.

    I imagine victims will be blamed.

  9. Here is a link to the lyrics, if you’re interested.

  10. “His lyrical accusations are, in a lot of cases, a little too broad for my taste.”

    Some examples would be nice. There is nothing but truth in the lyrics of Call the Cops.

    Methinks Zenon needs a strong shot of Will Grigg, Prof. DiLorenzo, Tom Woods, Butler Shaffer, Justin Raimondo, Bob Wenzel, Bill Anderson, Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, Hans Herman Hoppe et al.

    1. a strong shot of Will Grigg, Prof. DiLorenzo, Tom Woods, Butler Shaffer, Justin Raimondo, Bob Wenzel, Bill Anderson, Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, Hans Herman Hoppe et al.

      Sounds like one hell of a drink. Didn’t the FDA ban it?

  11. I’ll see your “Rob Hustle,” and raise you a Corporate Avenger.

  12. The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people.

    Bullshit.

    1. Your name is illogical. Obama doesn’t have a butt, so why does he need a buttplug? Neither cock nor balls (especially balls) either. He’s as anatomically defined as a Barbie Doll (which in a creepy sort of way he resembles). Is this just some contre temps to that backed up toilet known as Putin’s Buttplug?

  13. I’m at the point I feel safer dealing with the criminals than calling the cops. If I catch a thief out here I’ll shoot him and drag his butt out to fertilize my fields, but I’m not going to risk my life calling a cop.

  14. Bravo.

  15. the problem with the good cop theory is that they have to be a cop tomorrow. “Some” “may” start out good but by the end of their careers, they are all drunk with power.

  16. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    Now the rappers are lecturing us in Latin. I blame Bush.

    1. Is that ad hominem, ab auctoritate, or tu quoque?

      Someone call P. Diddy…

    2. I have a degree in Letters

      1. Get one in numbers.

  17. That was powerful.

  18. Certainly there is corruption and it’s widespread, but I see it much akin to how Adams approached the perpetrators of the Boston Massacre. The Crown Policy of quartering troops in a populous city will always occasion two mobs where it prevents one. It is less the Red Coats and Police as individuals and more the power they represent. The larger the apparatus such as our militarized law enforcement the more anonymity, the more power, and thus, more corruption. People will get away with murder if they have the power to do so. Not everyone, but many. An environment, a social construct that encourages violence or offers protection from the consequences will invariably become a catalyst of corruption. This no way excuses the actions of those who commit the crimes, but those viewing this at a cop-by-cop basis aren’t addressing the problem. Cops are merely the symptom.

    It’s the switch in mentality from a System of Justice to a System of Subjugation. In an individual/liberty-minded society a System of Justice should be inclined to serve and protect the individual at the expense of the State, where as a System of Subjugation would be inclined to serve and protect the State at the expense of the individual. The priority of power has been perverted. At least if you view the Individual Sovereign as the power from which all other societal powers derive.

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  20. The cops protect us from people dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. And from people committing victimless crimes. So there.

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