Ice Rape History

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“I got something to say.” ”Rap has developed various substyles including gangsta rap focusing on the ills of inner-city life. It remains the one of the most dominate popular music styles well into the 21st century” (Starr and Waterman 574). On August 9th, 1988 an album that to this very day is still relevant. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren were the original members of the famous rap group N.W.A; which stands for Niggas with Attitude. They released their first album Straight Outta Compton, which featured a song that described the relationship with police officers and African Americans. “Fuck Tha Police”. The time that N.W.A released their Straight Outta Compton album, the Los Angeles Police Department was taking major forces …show more content…
Ice Cube went on to say how the song was their way to “insult they ass like they do us”. The song encouraged the African Americans, not only in Compton around the nation; to stand up to the police department, to show them they weren’t scared. According to Ice Cube the police had a tactic to, harass, humiliate, belittle as well as intimidate. The song, was portrayed as it was a court case, N.W.A vs. the Police Department; Dr. Dre was the Judge MC Ren and Ice Cube’s lyrics and the prosecuting attorneys were MC Ren and Ice Cube. Making fun of not only the Police Department, but the federal court as well. Throughout the entire song, Ren and Cube express their anger towards their personal experience, as well as all black American’s treatment from police officers. In one particular lyric of the song Ice Cube says “But don’t let it be a black and a white one, ‘cause they’ll slam ya down to the street top. Black police showing out for the white cop” describing how even African American cops still showed police brutality to other African …show more content…
The lyrics spoke for every single black American in America that was treated poorly, because, of the color of their skin. The entire song states how they won’t take the cruel treatment any longer, standing up to the authority. The lyrics of the song, were how the blacks felt, how they talked on a daily basis, the lyrics were real emotions, because the group members had been through it all, and knew it all. They were aiming to offend the police department of Los Angeles. They achieved that and more. N.W.A’s song not only offended the police officers, it offended police officers nationwide; as well as the FBI. The FBI sent a letter to the group, which stated “recording such as the one from N.W.A are both discouraging and degrading to these brave, dedicated officers”. Even though that the lyrics offended many, they had the inalienable right to say what they pleased, which was given to them in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which gives all United State citizens the freedom of speech. The entirety of the song, was this one group standing up for all blacks who were being treated so poorly throughout the nation. The artist stated that they knew it would cause an uproar, but never thought it would go nationwide. They were telling the world, how they felt and how they were treated. Telling the world how the police treated them, wasn’t okay and that they weren’t

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