Tyro documaker Don Sikorski has completed “Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops,” which shows that law enforcement has been compiling secret dossiers on hundreds of hip-hop artists and execs for years.
Film features interviews with artists including Russell Simmons, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg and Damon Dash about the so-called hip-hop cops. There also are performances by Eminem, Fat Joe, Judakiss and Lloyd Banks of G-Unit, among others.
Docu features NYPD surveillance footage obtained by Sikorski, who received his first break in researching the film when Miami police responded to a request he made through the Freedom of Information Act.
Other law-enforcement authorities involved in the surveillance activities include the FBI and LAPD, along with a nationwide task force set up the Drug Enforcement Agency, according to the film.
Authorities justify the surveillance by pointing to criminal activity and violence within the hip-hop community.
“I was amazed at the volume of intimate, private information that this national network of police had gathered. But the more I talked to artists and cops, the more I understood that this is a situation with few heroes and plenty of villains on both sides,” Sikorski said.
“Rap Sheet” producers are Richard Rofe and Kevin Goodman. They penned the script with Sikorski.