3. "Fuck the police, coming straight from the underground." - Ice Cube
Song: "Fuck The Police" (1988)
Album: Straight Outta Compton
And that was it. A moment in American culture had been started, like a flame that trails a spill of gasoline all the way to the pump. That was all it really took for Cube to get his point across. But wait, there's more: Not just "Fuck the police," but fuck them from the underground. The slums. From the places where they oppress people, and treat them like shit. Fuck them, from the underground of culture, of rap, and fuck the police because you can't help but listen as it's said, words that have been spoken privately so often, but recorded? And made into a hit? Not until that moment.
And with three words, N.W.A. changed everything in a way so many of the recorded words in hip-hop that would come before them and after them never did or ever will. You know that old adage, If you've got nothing nice to say, don't say it? If there's any truly concrete evidence to the contrary, it's this moment in rap.