A New Mini-Documentary Explores the History of N.W.A.’s ‘F the Police’ & its Influence in Compton (Video)
In the weeks since Straight Outta Compton hit theaters, the discussions about N.W.A.’s role in Hip-Hop history have become commonplace, and rightfully so. While arguments have been made that the film omitted much of their story, what has prevailed are the Compton, California group’s contributions to politically driven, reality rap. With their outspoken lyrics, harshly critical observations of life in the hood, and an instantly recognizable and much replicated style, the group managed to sublimate the poverty and crime riddling their neighborhood into the mainstream, all of which is documented in the historically successful biopic. Now, it’s the real story behind one the group’s most famous songs that is the subject of a new film, albeit a short one.
Noisey has released “The Story of ‘Fuck the Police,'” a documentary-style mini-movie that features Ice Cube & DJ Yella, the Compton Police Department, and residents of the Compton area. The project has opted for a story about the song’s influence, particularly in how it has affected relationships between residents and police officers in one of America’s most infamous cities. Check out the history of the song’s making, how it changed the way police operated both at the time of its release and today, and the feelings of Compton natives who have lived their lives in a city known more for its negative connotations than the positive.