NYPD Finally Admits Hip-Hop Unit Exists

In the latest edition of the Village Voice, the

New York Police Department has finally admitted that there is indeed a "Hip-Hop

Task Force" that exists within the NYPD.

Until now, the NYPD consistently denied following

rappers and keeping tabs on their associates. But the founder of the unit, Derek

Parker, has gone public and is very vocal about the department's existence.

"Miami is getting a lot of heat, with Derek

Parker coming out and there being a smoking gun," Dasun Allah told AllHipHop.com.

Allah wrote the Village Voice piece that features the admission from the NYPD.

"Parker was revealed several years ago, but now its coming to the mainstream.

"We have an intelligence division and we

have detectives that monitor the music industry and any incidents regarding

the music industry," NYPD spokesperson Officer Doris Garcia admitted. "And

in regards to Miami P.D. we did exchange information, and that’s it."

The NYPD paid more attention to the rap industry

after the 1997 murder Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace,

in Los Angeles.

"We prevented certain crimes because when

you started talking to rappers and you knew they had hits on them and you were

on to them, people wouldn’t go and shoot them or rob them if they knew

you were around," said the unit's founder, Derek Parker. "Most of

the time, it's not the rappers, it's the guys in their entourages that cause

the problems."

The department's activities have become a hot

issue, so hot that Hollywood has come calling.

Interscope's founder Ted Fields' movie company

Radar Pictures is backing a movie titled "Hip-Hop Cops," which is

about the inner-workings of the NYPD department.

Those involved in the rap business are taking

the notion of being monitored and scrutinized without just cause seriously.

"A very dangerous precedent has been set,"

said Dr. Benjamin Chavis, CEO of the non-profit Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

(HSAN), founded by mogul Russell Simmons. "It needs to be exposed, and

we’re going to take legal action against these police departments for violating

the constitutional rights of hip-hop artists."

"Its a matter of keeping heat under the

pot," Allah concluded. "People have consistently stayed on it. We

have to be consistent. In the words of Sonny Carson 'We have to consistent,

persistent and resistent. That's CPR.'"