Jay Karnes can speak Spanish, but purposely hacked up the Miranda rights on purpose after getting the idea from Shawn Ryan.
It was revealed on the Season 1 DVD that this episode was swapped with "The Spread" for fear that Shane's character may be cut.
Actor, Sticky Fingaz who makes his first appearance in this episode in the recurring guest star role of Kern Little is member of the rap group Onyx. This is the only recurring "bad" character that has been in the first three seasons.
Shane does not appear in this episode.
Mackey and Lem' are at the club where the shooting happened at the begining. When Capt. Acevada shows up he's wearing his badge on the outside of his suit, when he's talking to Mackey it's gone for the entire conversation, then when he's leaving he's wearing it again.
Even though music/gang wars aren't new to L.A, it's rumored that the concept for this episode was taken from some of the fights between Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Vic: Rumble In The Jungle.
A reference to the Mohammed Ali vs. Foreman fight in 1974, which was billed as "The Rumble In The Jungle"
Rondell: Hey, that's my Blue Note collection, man!
Blue Note Records was one of the foremost jazz labels for decades, and is associated with almost every innovation and big name in the business from the 30s through the 60s
T-Bonz: Who you supposed to be, Judge Judy?
Judge Judy is a popular judge in the vein of the Peoples' Court "courtroom reality" style shows. She is outspoken and commonsensical, and tends to have a "No BS" approach to solving problems. Since first premiering in 1996 she has been a ratings leader among such shows for over a decade.