On Saturday three of the original members of the legendary rap pioneers Niggaz Wit Attitudes (N.W.A.) reunited for a performance at the B.E.T. Experience event. MC Ren, DJ Yella and Ice Cube shared a stage together under the N.W.A. moniker for the first time since 1989. Although Dr. Dre was not part of the event, Snoop (Dogg) Lion showed up to fill his shoes.
N.W.A. took to the stage and performed their controversial 1988 hit ‘Fuck the Police‘ from their Straight Outta Compton album. The song is one of the most well known tunes criticizing police brutality and racial profiling. It remains just as relevant and potent today as it was when it was first released.
As a part of the performance, a large screen above the stage shows video images of police brutality, recent and past. The gravitas this adds to the already heavy lyrics is serious business. In 1988 there were not many such images in the public sphere, and much of America was still completely unaware of police abuses.
Todays technology and media alternatives have radically changed that. Those who aren’t living in some impenetrable delusion have come to understand the policing crisis (to different degrees) from observing it on such a regular basis. ‘Fuck the Police’ no longer comes off sounding like the sole cry of angry young urban black men, but as an understandable sentiment reverberating amongst many races, ages, income levels and addresses, striking at the tender heart which beats a division between citizens and cops.
27 years later Fuck the Police still resonates with many on a musical and philosophical level. It is a classic piece of American Art that will remain relevant for as long as police continue down the path of of immoral, unethical and illegal activities, inhospitable attitudes and immunity from accountability.
On a serious note, do not actually fuck any police officers. If they stop getting fucked, perhaps they will stop being police.
Here is the original video: