N.W.A. – Fuck Tha Police

N.W.A – Fuck Tha Police – Lyrics analysis and meanings

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Fuck Tha Police – Lyrics


Right about now, N.W.A. court is in full effect

Judge Dre presiding

In the case of N.W.A. vs. the Police Department

Prosecuting attorneys are MC Ren, Ice Cube

And Eazy-motherfucking-E


Order, order, order

Ice Cube, take the motherfucking stand

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth

And nothing but the truth to help your black ass?

Ice Cube : You goddamn right!

Well won’t you tell everybody what the fuck you gotta say?


Verse 1 – Ice Cube

Fuck the police coming straight from the underground

A young nigga got it bad cause I’m brown

And not the other color so police think

They have the authority to kill a minority

Fuck that shit, cause I ain’t the one

For a punk motherfucker with a badge and a gun

To be beating on, and thrown in jail

We can go toe to toe in the middle of a cell

Fucking with me cause I’m a teenager

With a little bit of gold and a pager

Searching my car, looking for the product

Thinking every nigga is selling narcotics

You’d rather see, me in the pen’

Than me and Lorenzo rolling in a Benz-o

Beat a police out of shape

And when I’m finished, bring the yellow tape

To tape off the scene of the slaughter

Still getting swoll off bread and water

I don’t know if they fags or what

Search a nigga down, and grabbing his nuts

And on the other hand, without a gun they can’t get none

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

Ice Cube will swarm

On any motherfucker in a blue uniform

Just cause I’m from the CPT

Punk police are afraid of me, huh

A young nigga on the warpath

And when I’m finished, it’s gonna be a bloodbath

Of cops, dying in L.A

Yo Dre, I got something to say



Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police


Interlude 1

Pull your god damn ass over right now

Aww shit, now what the fuck you pullin me over for?

Cause I feel like it!

Just sit your ass on the curb and shut the fuck up

Man, fuck this shit

Aight, smartass, I’m taking your black ass to jail!

MC Ren, will you please give your testimony

To the jury about this fucked up incident?


Verse 2 – MC Ren

Fuck the police and Ren said it with authority

Because the niggas on the street is a majority

A gang is with whoever I’m stepping

And the motherfucking weapon is kept in

A stash box, for the so-called law

Wishing Ren was a nigga that they never saw

Lights start flashing behind me

But they’re scared of a nigga so they mace me to blind me

But that shit don’t work, I just laugh

Because it gives them a hint not to step in my path

For police, I’m saying, “Fuck you punk!”

Reading my rights and shit, it’s all junk

Pulling out a silly club, so you stand

With a fake-ass badge and a gun in your hand

But take off the gun so you can see what’s up

And we’ll go at it punk, and I’ma fuck you up!

Make you think I’mma kick your ass

But drop your gat, and Ren’s gonna blast

I’m sneaky as fuck when it comes to crime

But I’ma smoke them now and not next time

Smoke any motherfucker that sweats me

Or any asshole that threatens me

I’m a sniper with a hell of a scope

Taking out a cop or two, they can’t cope with me

The motherfucking villain that’s mad

With potential, to get bad as fuck

So I’ma turn it around

Put in my clip, yo, and this is the sound

*2 gunshots*

Yeah, something like that

But it all depends on the size of the gat

Taking out a police would make my day

But a nigga like Ren don’t give a fuck to say



Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police


Interlude 2

Yo man, what you need?

Police, open out!

Aww shit

We have a warrant for Eazy-E’s arrest

Get down and put your hands up where I can see ‘em

(Move motherfucker, move now!)

What the fuck did I do, man what did I do?

Just shut the fuck up

And get your motherfucking ass on the floor

(You heard the man, shut the fuck up!)

But I didn’t do shit

Man just shut the fuck up!

Eazy-E, won’t you step up to the stand

And tell the jury how you feel about this bullshit?


Verse 3 – Eazy-E

I’m tired of the motherfucking jacking

Sweating my gang, while I’m chilling in the shack, and

Shining the light in my face, and for what?

Maybe it’s because I kick so much butt

I kick ass — or maybe cause I blast

On a stupid-ass nigga when I’m playing with the trigger

Of an Uzi or an AK

Cause the police always got something stupid to say

They put out my picture with silence

Cause my identity by itself causes violence

The E with the criminal behavior

Yeah, I’m a gangsta, but still I got flavor

Without a gun and a badge, what do ya got?

A sucker in a uniform waiting to get shot

By me, or another nigga

And with a gat it don’t matter if he’s smaller or bigger

(MC Ren: Size don’t mean shit, he’s from the old school, fool)

And as you all know, E’s here to rule

Whenever I’m rolling, keep looking in the mirror

And ears on cue, yo, so I can hear a

Dumb motherfucker with a gun

And if I’m rolling off the 8, he’ll be the one

That I take out, and then get away

While I’m driving off laughing this is what I’ll say



Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police


Interlude 3

The verdict

The jury has found you guilty of being a redneck

White bread, chickenshit motherfucker

But wait, that’s a lie! That’s a god damn lie!

Get him out of here!

Get him the fuck out my face!

I want justice!

Out, right now!

Fuck you, you black motherfuckers!



Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police

Fuck Tha Police


Fuck Tha Police – Explanation of the lyrics


Right about now, Short NWA is in full effect

Right now : now, in linguistics, we call a deïctic word , that is to say a wordwhose meaning changes according to the context : “now”, the precise moment of the present, changes all the time , for example, this “now” of Dre from 1988 is now 30, it is not the now of 2018.

An advantage of the deïctiques is that they are updated gracefully according to the public – and so every time we listen to FUCK THA POLICE , their now from 30 years ago is now! (or the now of 30 years, 20 years, 10 years, or those in 10 years, 20 years, 30 years.) Which creates a realism effect and a sense of urgency : it will happen there under our eyes, right now . it’s always happening because the present is always present.

NWA court : the court of the NWA, the court of justice of the stylish niggers, by this expression, the authors introduce the theme of the song : it will be for the rap group to constitute a people’s court to judge the The most institutionally criminal institution of all states: I named this old sadistic torturer and always right, the police!

is in full effect : there is at once a parody of the jargon of justice and a counter-claim of power, in a rather macho fashion as usual.

Judge Dre presiding

In STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, Dre was a MC / presenter. In reality, he is a DJ producer and musician more than a singer.

As producer he assumes this first album of the NWA, which will launch his career and those of Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, MC Yella. Later he will launch the careers of Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar.

As a DJ, he is already busy throwing samples, scratching, managing drum machines and effects, and launching the verses of his singers .

It is therefore quite logical that he has easily projected himself into this role of president of the judges, in a position of supervisor. By the way, 30 years later, he has made his career as a supervisor of the success of rap in America.

In the case of NWA vs. the Police Department

They define the main characters of the story :

  • Heroes : the NWA court
  • Antagonist : the police

Prosecuting attorneys are MC Ren, Ice Cube

So here, the singers play the role of prosecutors, so they will develop a case against the police in the position of accused.

So even if this song is narrative , since it tells a lawsuit, it staged speeches, as in STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON and many other rap songs.

And Eazy-motherfucking-E

It can be noticed that Dre and Eazy-E had a whole line to introduce, while MC Ren and Ice Cube had to share one. That says something about the history and power games internal to the NWA training, led by Eazy-E who was looking for Dre as a producer to set up a group with the money from his deals. From there, MC Ren and Ice Cube, among others, were recruited as singers . Eazy-E takes a prime position also because he bought his place.

Order, order, order

The parody continues, and the audience obviously finds funny this dramatic irony that there is to see gangsters claim the order 🙂

Ice cube, take the motherfucking stand

All along we will witness a strange explosive mix between the true identityof the singers and their parody . So here we have for example take the standthat sounds good legal, stuffed with a motherfucking that sounds … otherwise.

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth

Here, same game: perfect parody of the role of judge, with typical formulas …

And nothing but the truth to help your black ass?

… then a verbal transgression betrays the fact that it is still a nigga that speaks.

Ice Cube: You goddamn right!

The little game of alternation between conformity and transgressioncontinues, since here, Ice Cube is precisely the opposite of what is expectedof a good prosecutor plenary, namely that he starts to swear like a pig, on God and more.

Well will not you tell everybody what’s the fuck you gotta say?

And hop, we replace the eloquence expected by the truculence of the street.


Verse 1 – Ice Cube

Fuck the police coming straight from the underground

Fuck the police : this will be the main gimmick of the song , the first words of each verse , and the chorus-slogan repeated 4 times.

coming straight from the underground : it’s an intertextual allusion to STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.


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