We already knew that the NYPD has a specific social media unit tasked mainly with trolling Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for any evidence of illicit activity, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. The Post reports that the NYPD really does have a dedicated "Hip Hop Squad" that investigates and monitors rappers and other artists. But apparently, a lot of industry people are cool with all this!

"All New York club owners are required to inform the Hip-Hop Police in advance if anyone on the watch list is coming in," a police source told them. "They want to be there to monitor the crowd and in case any trouble starts. They don't want any situations like the Suge Knight shooting. If something does go down, they want to already be on the scene." In addition to Brown and Drake, other artists on the list include French Montana, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Jim Jones and Lil Wayne.

"If there is a show going on, they are there," the Post's source added. "Their job is to investigate crimes and curtail violence in the hip-hop industry. So when they find out there is a beef between rappers, they monitor it. They are plainclothes cops, they go to clubs and shows. They were at J.Lo’s show in The Bronx because French Montana and Fat Joe were coming." This isn't exactly what Chamillionaire was talking about when he sang about "Hip Hop Police."

The Hip-Hop Squad isn't exactly new: the Smoking Gun had a report about the unit in 2005, also after a Suge Knight shooting incident (sensing a pattern?). The 500-page investigative report contained rap sheets, mug shots, and incident reports on everyone from 50 Cent to Jay Z to Diddy to Ja Rule.

The cop sources told the Post that the unit isn't only well known in the industry—it's completely accepted and embraced. "It’s better to have them on hand," the source insisted. "They’re not there to bother any of these artists, but make sure things run like they’re supposed to run. The other part of it is, there’s a lot of really street-leaning gangster guys on the fringes of the industry...The police task force keeps tabs on who is around certain rappers and what movements they are going through."

As for why Brown and Drake might be on the top of the list, we refer you to a little bottle-throwing incident at WiP club in 2012.