N.W.A.’s 1988 song, “Fuck tha Police,” released on the album Straight Outta Compton, addresses anti-Black discrimination by police officers. The defiant lyrics excerpted here highlight some of the characteristics that the artists claim law enforcement single out when profiling community members.
Note: Though all categories are far from “complete,” the sources originally selected by the Buell Center research team and comprising the category of “Arts & Culture” deserve particular acknowledgement as such. Many songs were drawn from Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists, by Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, and Jeff Mao (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999). Limited by time and individual expertise, the Center’s hope was always that subsequent contributors might build out all categories (and add their own)—“Arts & Culture” especially.