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The rap group N.W.A released an album in 1988 called straight out of Compton one of the songs was called Fuck the Police. The rap begins with a mock trial which gives off that they are pocking fun of how ridiculous the judicial system was, especially for minorities. The music that they made was a voice for the people and an outlet to let out their anger. It allowed them to express their point of view and show how life was really like living in the ghetto and not what was depicted in films. In today’s culture people don’t think that Hip Hop and a racial movement go together but, according to our reading “The rage and anger are consistent in the messages and presences of the Black nationalists and rappers. For example, when the Black Panther Party started “policing the police and shouting off the pigs thirty years ago they set the tone for rappers NWA who would later shout Fuck the Police” (285)
During the late 80’s LA had large gang activity and the struggle between these gangs and the police were very high. This song does a good job to capture and give people to this day an idea of how high the tension was. Shortly, after this song was released, On April 29th, 1992, four police officers were found not guilty for using excessive force in the March 3, 1991 arrest of Rodney King, a beating that had been surreptitiously videotaped and then broadcasted around the world. This ruling resulted in rioting all throughout South Central Los Angeles.
But don’t let it be a black and a white one
’cause they slam ya down to the street top
Black police showin out for the white cop
Fuckin with me ’cause I’m a teenager
With a little bit of gold and a pager
Searchin my car, lookin for the product
Thinkin every nigga is sellin narcotics
Shows that the divide isn’t only between black and whites but also, they are being brutalized by people of their own color. So, black on black crime was not only occurring within the gains but also with the authority who is supposed to protect. Which shows even deeper that there is racial tension in the police force itself.
The second chunk of lyrics shows the everyday struggles that these young teens hand to deal with in regard to police harassment and racial profiling.
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