A pivotal scene in last year’s Straight Outta Compton biopic showed N.W.A. performing “Fuck Tha Police” to a boisterous Detroit crowd in 1989, an act that was in direct defiance of local officers’ orders and eventually led to riots in and around the venue that evening.
The iconic hip-hop crew forged on with the hit song not out of spite, but as a statement: Racial tensions around the country at that time were brewing, especially in their hometown of Los Angeles, with police brutality all too common of a horror.
Nearly 30 years later, the US is still in a sad state of affairs when it comes to racism and officer-involved violence, and Ice Cube still won’t shy away from declaring “Fuck Tha Police”. The rapper said as much when TMZ asked whether he’s felt any pressure to take the song out of his live sets due to the recent Dallas shootings and ongoing strained relationship between communities and the police.
“Pressure me? Pressure me to do what? Nobody said nothing to me. I ain’t gonna change nothing I do, cause I ain’t doin’ nothing wrong,” he said bluntly and without hesitation, in much the same way he did some three decades ago.
Ice Cube and the surviving members of N.W.A. reunited to perform “Fuck Tha Police” and their other hits for the first time in 27 years at Coachella earlier this year. Cube’s next scheduled live date is HARD Summer Music Festival in California later this month — we’ll see if brings out the N.W.A. hit.
Above, revisit that pivotal Straight Outta Compton scene. Below, watch his interview with TMZ.