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Ban the Crooked Police

November 20, 2007

Rap music has never really picked up in India. And perhaps that is why Indian rap artists have found it hard to make a big splash even if they have loads of talent. BlaaZe is one of them and I want to play one of his songs here – Ban the Crooked Police. BlaaZe is the first Indian rap artist to have appeared on the music channel VH1

The reason I like the song is not only because of the way it’s been sung, the singer’s voice and the rhythm of it, but also because of the lyrics. The song is dedicated to the victims of police injustice. BlaaZe has said that the song is not against the police force in general, but only against the crooked police, and I second that. I am certainly not playing it because I hate the police but because I hate the crooked police.

Having said that, I think we in India need to sing this song all the time! In fact recently two fellow bloggers, Oemar and Priyank wrote posts about the brutality of the police. Oemar has written about police brutality and Priyank about the Polish immigrant who died at Vancouver International Airport after being Tasered by the Canadian police.

Here’s the song: (If you have any problem downloading it from this blog, you can check it out at youtube itself. Or you can listen to it at his own site.)

Ban The Crooked Police- BlaaZe & SagaR feat. Lavanya

Blaaze by the way has managed to worm his way into Bollywood, difficult by any standards. He has sung for Bunty Aur Babli and for Sivaji the Boss as well. In fact in Sivaji Blaaze got an opportunity to sing two songs, Style and the title song, Boss. Blaaze also wrote the lyrics for Boss.

You can find an interview with BlaaZe here.

It’s refreshing to hear a rap song like this, considering that rap music has been getting a bad name of late. In fact research has shown 77 percent of rap songs refer to substance use and adversely influence the young and the vulnerable.

Here are lyrics (written by BlaaZe) for anyone who is interested (from Yahoo answers)

Me Remember When Me Was A Little Boy

Me Ya Wanna To Be A Police Man.
Me Ya Wanna To Wear In The Uniform
And Serve All Of The People.
But The Times They Changed
And Nothing Is The Same
And We Wonderin’ Why It Had To Be Ya
That The People There Might Said
That The Fate Got Away
And Nothing Around It But It Seems Aa

So Me Say Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
We Say Ban The Police
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Up All The Crooked Police
All The Crooked Police
All The Wicked Police
All The Racist Police
All The Rapist Police
They Are The Rapist Police
We Say Ban The Police
All The Corrupt Police
All The Wicked Police
All The Racist Police
All The Rapist Police
They Are The Rapist Police
We Say Ban The Police
We Say Ban The Police
We Say Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
We Say Ban The Police
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
All The Crooked Police

Ban The Police Up For Billcis Bano
Ban The Police Up For Jessica Lal
Ban The Police For Gujarat Riots
Ban The Police They Might Need To Learn
Ban The Police Up For Sanjay Pandey
Ban The Police For The Not Help Me
Ban The Police If You Can’t Change Them
You Say Ban The Police With Me Say Ban Them!

Somebody Police Police They Might Try To Catch Me
Somebody Police Police They Might Not Trust Me
Somebody Police Police Come On Come On Follow Me
Somebody Police Police Somebody Police Police
Somebody Police Police They Might Try To Catch Me
Somebody Police Police They Might Not Trust Me
Somebody Police Police Come On Come On Follow Me
Me Say Why Did’nt The Police Not Help Me?
So Me Say Why Did’nt The Police Not Help Me?

[Lavanya]
Love The Police
Love The Police
Love The Police
We Say Love The Police
Love The Police
Love The Police
Love The Police
We Say Love The Police

[Blazee]
No Me Say Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
We Say Ban The Police
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Aa
Ban The Police Up All The Crooked Police
All The Crooked Police
All The Wicked Police
All The Racist Police
All The Rapist Police
They Are The Rapist Police
We Say Ban The Police
All The Corrupt Police
All The Wicked Police
All The Racist Police
All The Rapist Police
They Are The Rapist Police
We Say Ban The Police
We Say Ban The Police Aa
We Say Ban The Police Aa
We Say Ban The Police Aa

Enjoy.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2007 9:05 am

    Yo Nita,

    It’s so rewarding to see this blog and the fact that people are recognising the police song. We did it a while back and it was quite disappointing that it didn’t get the kind of attention it ought to. I guess this shows there is still hope! Thanks for taking your time to write about this song… In India especially, there are so many issues and i think it’s time we address them. Stay in touch… Keep it real… Peace… BlaaZe

  2. November 21, 2007 9:15 am

    @BlaaZe:

    Yo to you too!🙂 good of you to drop in here. I think you are one helluva a talented guy.
    Thanks.

  3. November 21, 2007 9:20 am

    woooow! Nita n Yo Blazee.. a perfect song… Thank you.

  4. xntricpundits permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:49 pm

    Thanks Blaaze for keeping the song free of explicit words.Full marks for the video.Simple lyrics#powerful message.
    Thanks Nita for the post.
    Reminds me of lyrics from Grandmaster Flash’s song “Message”

    Dont push me, cause Im close to the edge
    Im trying not to loose my head
    Its like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder
    How I keep from going under

  5. November 21, 2007 2:48 pm

    Sounds a lot more like reggae.

    As for the lyrics, I am not sure how the cops were responsible for the Gujarat riots!

    Just like they say, the government reflects the electorate, I somehow have the feeling that the same goes for the cops. The next time you get caught by a cop for breaking the law (however trivial) and you pay him a bribe to avoid having to show up in court and pay for it, remember, you are part of the problem.

    If you are thinking what has that got to do with anything, then the song is falling on deaf ears.

  6. November 21, 2007 2:51 pm

    Nita:

    What an interesting post!

    The sociology of rap music is of growing interest to academics.

    I am not sure how old or new the genre is in Indian popular music but I hope its trajectory is not the same as American east coast rap which has gone from the ‘ghetto’ (themes such as us-and-them) to all sorts of not-so-great themes about objectification of women, sex, drugs, violence and hustling. In fact if you recall, last week, a firm in Australia found itself challenged because apparently Santa saying ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ is no longer acceptable; ‘ho’ has been claimed by rap as a disrespectful slang word referring to a woman as a whore.

    In some other parts of the world, rap music – esp lyrics – still serve as a great mirror of how the minority sees themselves in society. In France for instance, most rappers are of North African descent and used to sing about the ghetto etc but they too are seeing a bifurcation in their ‘content’.

    Interestingly the first ‘rap’ song I heard was the Aerosmith/ Run-DMC collaboration on ‘Walk this way’ whose lyrics were nothing you would want to write on the blog. So I wonder if all this stuff about trajectories is simply just cyclical…

    Thanks for a very non-characteristic post!🙂

  7. November 21, 2007 5:37 pm

    Bharath, Xcentricpundit, thanks.

    DD, about Gujarat, the police were standing by and doing nothing, that’s what he meant. And ofcourse you are right, the cops are the public after all, no better than the public.

    Shefaly,
    thanks for the additional info! And about the non-characteristic post, well I guess it is less serious and also I do not usually write about music. But I have earlier, about one of cliff richards old songs which was copied by a bollywood music director.

  8. wishtobeanon... permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:04 pm

    Nice one. Music for social change would be a good idea especially bollywood music since thats what the masses listen to!
    I had never heard of this singer until I read this post.

  9. November 22, 2007 7:35 am

    @wishtobeanon…:

    Ahha! Social change via bollywood music. What a brilliant idea! We could have a lot of subjects that need to be covered…

  10. December 17, 2007 3:57 am

    Thanks for the mention Nita. Long time I haven’t managed to browse/blog…

  11. January 9, 2008 8:54 pm

    YO BLAAZE,
    me say the best song forever .you rock buddy . wat a superb way to criticise the crooked police .they really deserve it. your way of expressing touched me dude.
    the police haven’t still given justice to many of them.
    the victims are still suffering.
    me say its da best song.keep on with the good work.

    thanx a lot

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