Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Video: Ice Cube Reunites With N.W.A. Members To Perform 'F--- Tha Police'

ice_cube.jpg
Ice Cube performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts in 2014 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

N.W.A.'s "F--- Tha Police" is a timeless rap anthem, but it somehow sounds the most relevant right now—almost 27 years later.

Headlining the BET Experience (a whole weekend of events leading up to the BET Awards, Sunday night) was a concert featuring Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg on Saturday night. During Cube's set, the rapper performed with fellow N.W.A. members MC Ren and DJ Yella. According to Pitchfork, it was the first time Ice Cube performed with MC Ren since 2000, and the first time he shared a stage with DJ Yella since 1989. Dr. Dre was not in the house.

The trio performed the iconic "Fuck Tha Police" at the Staples Center, using a montage of recent cases of police brutality and subsequent "Black Lives Matter" protests to create a stark backdrop. Some of the clips include the Walter Scott shooting and the pool party gone amok in Texas. The video quality isn't great, but you can see the montage above.

Support for LAist comes from

"Fuck Tha Police" launched the rap group into infamy when the FBI sent them a letter accusing them of "violence against and disrespect" for law enforcement.

Also, if you haven't heard, there's a new movie about the group that comes out soon.

Here's another clip of them performing "Chin Check"