The 10 Frisk Commandments by Jasiri X

Released last summer, this video by the rapper-activist Jasiri X takes on the New York City Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, by flipping the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments. The song, “#10FRISKCOMMANDMENTS,” mimics the structure of the Biggie Smalls classic. In Biggie’s version, the rapper lays out some basic rules of drug dealing, like not involving one’s family in the trade and never acquiring narcotics to sell on consignment. Jasiri X’s version echoes the song’s structure, but lays out rules for people of color who are stopped and frisked by police: Don’t talk back, always comply and videotape the encounter.

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