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Hip-hop industry dogged by police

  |   March 22, 2006 at 11:42 AM
LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- "Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops" is a documentary that claims U.S. police have been keeping secret dossiers on rappers and hip-hop executives.

Filmmaker Don Sikorski interviews Russell Simmons, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg and Damon Dash for his film, which also includes performance footage from Eminem, Fat Joe, Judakiss and Lloyd Banks, Daily Variety reports.

Police in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency have compiled an amazing amount of "intimate, private information," Sikorski told Variety.

"I was amazed at the volume of intimate, private information that this national network of police had gathered," Sikorski said. "But the more I talked to artists and cops, the more I understood that this is a situation with few heroes and plenty of villains on both sides."

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