Cops in Alberta and Saskatchewan battle rap (sorta) for road safety

November 30, 2015

Even before N.W.A. decided to tackle hip-hop’s relationship with law enforcement, the two have been, let’s say, a little at odds. Cops and rap haven’t exactly gone together like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, they usually go together more like oil and water. But the police on the Prairies recently set out to show off their rhyming chops in the name of safe winter driving.

It, uhh… kind of worked. In the sense of bringing attention to the way you should be navigating poor, icy road conditions, the whole experiment has done its job. Quality hip-hop it is definitely not, but no one was about to hand over a JUNO to the RCMP anyway. It all began in with the Kindersley RCMP, who parodied Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” and the whole thing snowballed (sorry) from there.

The participants so far have included:

Hopefully, that’ll be about it for cringeworthy rap PSAs from Canadian police, but we have a long winter here up north. Maybe next they’ll try highlighting the snowman laws in Souris, PEI, or the countrywide ban on comics depicting crime.

 

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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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