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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1 Comment

  1. Shaun

    February 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    As a young black man I see nothing wrong with stop and frisk. If Detroit had it the city would be better off. I support stop and frisk and also genetrification. We need to start taking personal accountablity. Stop letting kids in the community get away with certain things because daddy wasn’t home. Either take care of it now or wait until officers give kids in the inner city the quality love they need. Personally I don’t have any kids out of wedlock. That’s quite tacky imo we ebrace the wrong things as a whole. I’m glad my folks raised me well. As an HBCU grad I agree and support stop and frisk.

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