Mobb Deep producer The Alchemist recently discussed the impact the “Hip-Hop Police” has had on rap music and how the undercover organization still profiles artists.
Alchemist said he believes the authorities attempt to draw illegal connections to rappers.
“They profile rappers,” Al said in an interview. “They are knowledgable of who is in the rap game…They know who Alchemist is. They know who Prodigy is so when they drive around New York they see ‘em, they follow where they’re going, they take pictures, they put together a book…cause they know all the rappers are friends with people in the street, they come from the street…They wanna make connections now so when somebody gets shot or some drug deal goes down, they got all the info…They wanna know the guys in the streets that hang out with the artists. If you listen to rap, nine times outta ten we’re snitching on ourselves…Like Supreme who was connected with Ja Rule…They start saying f*ck that, we’re gonna start watching all these rappers and see who they’re friends with.” (Vod Pod)
Prior to Prodigy’s current incarceration, Al spoke with SOHH about police trying to use artists against one another.
“They were asking me a lot of questions about 50 Cent and a lot of rappers,” Alchemist said. “They were doing a lot of things but I wasn’t speaking on that. I don’t talk to the police. So I just left it at that.” (SOHH)
Prodigy has also voiced his opinions on the “Hip-Hop Police” in past interviews.
“F*ck the hip-hop cops, that’s my opinion,” Prodigy said in an interview prior to his jail bid. “Undercover cops, basically the hip-hop task force. They harrass rappers because they on some racist, foul sh*t and that’s how they get down….All they do is illegal sh*t, film you, take picture of you, all that is illegal…that’s called profiling…they tried to say 50 [Cent] had me set up and all that bullsh*t….They foul.” (Media Gasface)
Prodigy pleaded guilty in October 2007 to gun possession which led to his current incarceration.
Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars after pleading guilty to a weapons charge dating back to 2006. Authorities say Prodigy was pulled over in downtown Manhattan after he was spotted driving in the opposite direction on a one-way street in an attempt to claim a parking spot. A search of the car turned up an unlicensed .22-caliber pistol. He will begin his sentence January 2008. (Hip Hop Galaxy)
Check out Alchemist speaking on the “Hip-Hop Police” below: