Tyro documaker Don Sikorski has completed Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops, which shows that law enforcement has been compiling secret dossiers on hundreds of hip-hop artists and execs for years, according to Variety.
The film features interviews with artists including Russell Simmons, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg and Damon Dash about the so-called hip-hop cops. There also are performances by Eminem, Fat Joe, Judakiss and Lloyd Banks of G-Unit, among others.
The documentary features NYPD surveillance footage obtained by Sikorski, who received his first break in researching the film when Miami police responded to a request he made through the Freedom of Information Act.
Other law-enforcement authorities involved in the surveillance activities include the FBI and LAPD, along with a nationwide task force set up the Drug Enforcement Agency, according to the film.
Authorities justify the surveillance by pointing to criminal activity and violence within the hip-hop community.
"I was amazed at the volume of intimate, private information that this national network of police had gathered. 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," Sikorski said.