Hard Knocks

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An early 90s hip-hop band from New York City, New York, USA, Hardknocks’ debut album was distinguished by several tracks denouncing the police (‘A Dirty Cop Named Harry’, ‘A Nigga For Hire’…
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An early 90s hip-hop band from New York City, New York, USA, Hardknocks’ debut album was distinguished by several tracks denouncing the police (‘A Dirty Cop Named Harry’, ‘A Nigga For Hire’ and ‘Road To The Precinct’), all strongly advocating good reasons why young black men should not join the police force. Released on noted New York label Wild Pitch Records, School Of Hardknocks additionally comprised messages concerning black separatism akin to the Five Percent Nation philosophy popularised by Brand Nubian and others. This no-compromise lyrical package was allied to tough rhythmic cycles indebted to the Bomb Squad’s work with Public Enemy.