N.W.A. Releases Fuck Tha Police

August 9, 1988

West Coast rappers N.W.A released Fuck Tha Police in response to the ramped up war on drugs, growing prison populations, and the targeting and dehumanization of people of color by police. Upon the song’s release, N.W.A faced considerable backlash: the rap group received threats of legal, political, and criminal actions against them, including boycotts, congressional hearings, and investigations conducted by the FBI. The aggressive sound and political lyrics of this song (and N.W.A.’s full album Straight Outta Compton) came to define the subgenera of hip hop known as gangsta rap.


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