KRS-One is an American rapper of Jamaican descent. He was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1965, and has been a vegetarian and Hindu since his youth. His influence on hip-hop music and culture is very significant, and he is considered one of the best hip-hop artists. Interestingly enough, KRS-One is actually an acronym, which stands for “Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone.” In his track “Sound of da Police” KRS-One protests against racism and violence directed to the African American community.
Woop-woop. That’s the sound of the police
Woop-woop. That’s the sound of the beast
-KRS-One “Sound of da Police”
beast (noun) – a large and wild animal
Demonstrative pronouns represent things. There are four demonstrative pronouns: this, that, these, those.
This and that are singular pronouns. They represent singular nouns.
- This is a book. Only one book.
- That is a rapper. Only one rapper.
- That’s = That is
- That’s the sound of the police.
- That’s the sound of the beast.
These and those are plural pronouns. They represent plural nouns.
- These are books. Many books.
- Those are rappers. They are the Wu-Tang Clan. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, RZA, GZA…. Many rappers.
This and these represent things that are near and very close. That and those represent things that are far away.
“Sound of da Police” is a protest song against discrimination and violence against the African American community. KRS-One directs his criticism to the NYPD, the New York Police Department.
- officer (countable noun) – a member of the police; a police officer. Most police officers wear blue or black uniforms.
- justice (uncountable noun) – fairness; equal treatment. Justice is an ideal in society, but many people do not have justice.
- laws (plural noun) – the rules of a country or government. You must follow the laws and not break them.
- criminal (countable noun) – a person who has committed a crime and broken the law. Criminals are looked down on by society.
- peace (uncountable noun) – freedom from war and violence. Some people think that peace is impossible to attain.
- equality (uncountable noun) – social groups having the same rights and fair treatment. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality for all men.
- arrest (verb) – If the police arrest you, they take you away to ask about a crime. The high number of arrests for African Americans suggests inequality.
- deal with (phrasal verb) – to take action in order to solve a problem; to tolerate something obnoxious and uncomfortable. A lot of people have to deal with racism and discrimination.
Discuss and Write
Do the police discriminate in your country? Have you ever experienced inequality or discrimination? Do you think 100% equality for all men and women is possible? Please write your comments below.