Updated: Jul 5
Hip Hop Slang Words For The Police
I am not saying that Hip Hop invented all of these words.
Hip Hop pulls words from popular culture, religions, broken English, and other languages.
Hip Hoppers have a uniquely - all encompassing way of curating language and this list reflects that.
12 (the 12, twelves)
Jamaican term for police and oppressive governments –derives from the Bible
as in Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith Show
Boys In Blue
refers to police uniforms typical color
as in “Book Em’ Danno” –Hawaii Five O
Dees (The Dees)
as in “private dick” – a detective
based on coffee and donuts stereotype
Mexican – federal police forces
short for federal agents
From Hawaii Five-O
Jump Out Boys
refers to police who pull on suspects in vans and jump out
cop on a horse
short for Narcotics Police
refers to an 80’s public school initiative where police visited schools (sarcastic)
because it only takes one strike
the police on a slave plantation
Po – Lice
security guard (aka fake cop)
from the Bible – in the Book of Revelations
high ranking officers or soldiers
because they rule over everything
as in Crown Victoria – The cars that police were known to ride around in
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