Abstract

11 November 2018

    Abstract
    The purpose of my research is to identify whether teenage boys
    particular African American experience racial inequality in 1980s America, that
    is why I came up with this research question: F*ck the Police by NWA
    describe or pictures racial inequality in America in the 1980s. In my research
    the scope is that I would be focusing on 1980s America and mainly focuses
    on the song F*ck the Police by NWA in which I would be looking at the racial
    inequality that African American experience on a daily basis from the
    authority, however there are some limitation to my research because I would
    be only focusing on a certain decade also I would be only looking at the
    perspective of the NWA on how they view police brutality.
    My research would be conducted by finding out meaning of some of
    the lyrics that I have chosen, and try to relate them to my research question
    also I would also be looking on how the lyrics could prove the mistreatment of
    the African American by the police. In my research I found out that police
    brutality during the 1980s were very high especially towards the African
    American and the song F*ck the Police by NWA share their views on how
    they felt about these action against them, also on how these authority figure
    discriminate according to race.

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    Introduction
    I choose this topic for my research because with the millions of music
    being released everyday, some of those music have a story or background on
    how a particular artist or group produce a song. This topic would contain
    some explicit and controversial language this particular music group is very
    vital not just to the music industry but also in the matter of racism and police
    brutality. They express their thoughts in a way that majority of the people
    during that era would not come to mind, and with there color of there skin
    being “black” or minority race they are usually misjudged at the same time
    they are wrongly accused. In my research you could inquire millions of
    information about racial inequality in America still exist in the modern era,
    people claim that it has disappear but in reality it has not vanished. On my
    research you could also acquire knowledge on how challenging it is to be a
    black or being a colored teen in the 1980s on how they are racially profile by
    the authority, they have zero privilege against the whites and society always
    depicts negative thoughts about them even though they did nothing wrong. I
    have interest in this matter because it has a tremendous impact in the world,
    not just in the matter of being colored teen but the way society view them. I
    adore there music because they sang there music from there heart and it’s
    the only way they could express what they have in mind about the current
    situation that they are currently facing, and also it’s the only other way that
    they would not be misjudged by the authority. This is why there songs and the
    way they act fascinates to a degree, that’s why I came up with this research
    question: How the lyric to the famous song F*ck the Police by NWA describe
    or pictures racial inequality in America in the 1980s.
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    Review of Related Literature
    NWA or
    (Niggaz with
    Attitude) is a rap
    group from LA in
    which they rap on
    what they saw in
    reality, people call
    there style of music
    “gangsta rap” but
    they prefer to be called reality rap because they depict from what they are
    going through in life. They felt backed up on a corner and nobody cared about
    there situation and that there music was there only weapon (Lindores, 2015).
    NWA is consist of 6 members: Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr Dre, DJ Yella, Arabian
    Prince and MC Ren in which they all shared the same experience on the
    racism that they encounter everyday from the authority or American citizens.
    Eazy-E (Eric Wright), a former drug dealer who started Ruthless Record using
    the money he earned by doing drug dealing, he was aiming to build a rap
    empire by drafting a roster of outstanding rappers, but it was not much of a
    success until he met Dr Dre (Andre Young). He was a member of the World
    Class Wrekin’ Cru and Ice Cube (O’shea Jackson) started writing lyrics for
    Ruthless Record. Eazy-E try to create a song with this duo called Boyz-n-Da
    Hood but was decline, Eazy-E form the NWA with Dre and Cube attracting a
    new member in DJ Yella (Antoine Carraby) from the World Class Wrekin’ Cru,
    Arabian Prince (Kim Renard Naze). The following year they added MC Ren
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    (Lorenzo Patterson) in which he brings the unorthodox innovation of public
    enemy and also bringing a self consciously violent lyrical stance.
    F*ck the Police was a song from
    the second album NWA called Straight
    Outta Compton, in which this album
    receive no media exposure but still have
    a successful underground hit and the
    group introduce their “gangsta rap” into
    mainstream. F*ck the Police describe
    the tension between African American
    teenager and law enforcement, this
    songs really stands out than the other songs because of it’s controversial
    message. The context of this song as describe in the first few line the lyrics is
    that the judicial system was mock by the NWA, in which MC Ren step up and
    prove racial stereotyping thru rap lyrics (Seminar, 2015). This song shook the
    world because it was one of the first to raise the question of freedom of
    speech and censorship, in which the FBI were involve because they think this
    song promotes violence and assault to which the FBI were strongly against
    because they are part of the law enforcement agency. This songs was blame
    by the FBI in any crime against the police, many American activist and fans
    believed that the FBI have step out of the line in the dealing with this matter
    because a government agency could determine or influence an artist, this
    contradicts the First Amendment in which states freedom of speech for all. In
    the year 1989 NWA was going to held a concert in Detroit and they were
    warned not to perform the song F*ck the Police, but the group neglected the
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    warning and start to sing this song. The group makes a stand for freedom of
    speech by performing this song because there promoters agree not to
    perform this because of the threat by the Detroit Police Force, the police
    already surround the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit incase they decided to
    perform this song and later that evening when police rush to the stage the
    group was arrested (Hinds, 2015).
    Racism is a constant problem that we face throughout the world in
    which discrimination is more imminent and in many forms; America is one of
    the most well known countries in which they encounter racism at a daily basis
    especially for the African Americans. African Americas experience slavery from the early 17th century in which European colonization is on it’s highest
    peak, people are kidnapped turn to slave even though some of them are of
    royalty blood and literate. These slaves is being use as goods they could be
    bought or sold at a price in which they are required to work at plantation for
    their slave master, although not all of the African American were slave those
    who are free have discriminatory laws that they have to obey as well the belief
    in the society that white people are dominant than the black people. During
    the time of the of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s discrimination against the
    African American were after the Jim Crows segregation a couple of decades
    back, the Reagan era manage to channel anti black prejudice into a wider anti
    government because he believe that federal program focuses to much on
    underserving “black people” in helping build his anti government views
    (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). At the present “black people” still encounter
    racism even in their job, education black are still second to the Asians and
    White’s and some employers use different way to differentiate the minority.
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    Hypothesis
    In my research I found out a couple of interesting answer in which
    would answer my research question: How the lyric to the famous song F*ck
    the Police by NWA describe or pictures racial inequality in America in the
    1980s. I found out thru my research that at that time period of the 1980s
    African American were being discriminated at an alarming rate, and social
    class doesn’t matter they would always discriminated at any form. Teens were
    the majority victims of this hate crime because teens were quickly connected
    to drugs, with this connection African American teens were easily the target
    for authority and they are allowed to use force if necessary. NWA was
    compose of black teenagers in which they experience first hand these
    behavior from the police, in which they channel there anger and thought thru
    their songs thus it reflects their views and what is currently happening. (” A
    young nigga got it bad cause I’m brown” ” They have the authority to kill the
    minority”) these two lyrics from the song F*ck the Police clearly give us a view
    on what these teenage boys experience on a daily basis, also the lyrics
    support that violence is neccesary in order to arrest this teenager even killing
    is an option. This evidence clearly specify that police brutality is emminent in
    the 1980s towords the “black people” and the song F*ck the Police by NWA
    gave us a clear description on how racism towards the blacks is being done
    by the police and on how these people felt.

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    Methodology
    I would analyze the lyrics of the song, the particular song that I would
    be using is F*ck the Police by NWA in which I would look meaning behind
    certain lines of the song and try to connect it to my research question in order
    to obtain my answer. I would gather the background information about my
    research thru these website (BBC, Nations of Billion, Mix Mag and Shoomp),
    in which it would give me extensive knowledge about my research and to
    further solidfy my hypothesis. I use quite a lot of different sites because I need
    to situate my paper to the current situation that is currently happening in the
    1980s America, also I have to relate the meaning of the lyrics to the situation
    at that time in 1980s to help me in uncovering what are the certain meaning of
    lyrics trying to inform us about what is currently happening. I would take some
    of the lyrics and try to decipher them such these ones (” A young nigga got it
    bad cause I’m brown” ” They have the authority to kill the minority”) and try to
    situate them in to the 1980s (Genius, 1988). In my research I would encounter
    some limitation that would hindered my research, that is I would only be
    focusing at one song and that one song would be based on the point of view
    of the artist. The point of view would only be purely based on the NWA not the
    police or the anyone else also I would only be focusing on one particullar time
    period and that would be the 1980s and it would be purely on events
    happenng on that particullar decade thus the events prior would have no
    effect on the outcome of my research.

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