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Streams of N.W.A’s ‘F**k tha Police’ boom amid protests over police brutality

/ 04:50 PM June 05, 2020
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Protesters march and carry signs in the West Village as they demonstrate in outrage over the death of George Floyd at a rally on May 30, 2020 in New York. Image: AFP/Bryan R. Smith via AFP Relaxnews

Hip-hop group N.W.A’s classic protest song has seen a resurgence in on-demand audio streams, as mass demonstrations continue to erupt in the United States in reaction to the death of George Floyd in police custody.

“F**k tha Police” saw a 272% percent increase in on-demand audio streams from May 27 through June 1 compared to the five days before Floyd’s death, according to data analytics provider Alpha Data.

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Alpha Data, which provides data for the Rolling Stone charts, noticed that the 1988 “Straight Outta Compton” cut saw a significant surge in listening on Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1 with 765,000 on-demand audio streams over those two days.

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Mass protests in the U.S. over police brutality have also ushered in a renewed interest for several songs that tackle racism and racial inequality like D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s 2014 “The Charade” and Killer Mike’s 2012 “Don’t Die”, which respectively witnessed a 122% and 542% jump in streams.

Meanwhile, Childish Gambino’s “This is America” has become a TikTok anthem for protesting police brutality for the past month.

The Grammy Award-winning song had a resurgence on the Chinese-owned video-sharing app after user @carneyval uploaded a mashup of “This is America” with Post Malone’s “Congratulations (feat. Quavo).”

TikTok users began incorporating “This is America” and the related remix as a soundtrack for videos about racial inequality in mid-May, seemingly sparked by the arrests of two suspects in the case of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

According to Rolling Stones, James Brown’s “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud” and Nina Simone’s rendition of “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” by Billy Taylor and Dick Dalla have also received large spikes in streams in recent days.

Brown’s 1968 funk anthem spiked 455%, while Simone’s “Silk & Soul” cut, which served as an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement in America in the 1960s, witnessed a 34% jump in streams over the same time period as N.W.A’s “F**k tha Police”. IB

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