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Tiki Taane wondering whether he can perform ‘Fuck tha Police’ now

Tiki Taane is unsure where or when he’s allowed to perform N.W.A’s Fuck tha Police, but figures now is as good a time as any.

Tiki Taane is unsure where or when he’s allowed to perform N.W.A’s Fuck tha Police, but figures now is as good a time as any.

New Zealand musician and former Salmonella Dub frontman Tiki Taane, who in 2011 was arrested for performing N.W.A anthem Fuck tha Police in the presence of law enforcement, is wondering whether the current news cycle and social climate make now a slightly more appropriate time to perform it.

Taane’s last performance of the song saw him arrested for disorderly behaviour and incitement of violence, and ever since then he says he’s been “extremely nervous” about performing it again.

“Jeez, that was scary the last time,” he recounted. “I try not to do it at shows anymore. I wrote a song about it called Freedom to Sing, and they allowed me to play that, but that’s probably because it wasn’t very offensive.”

But given revelations in recent days about an apparent systemic failure to hold a group of young boys accountable for rape, a scandal that has lead to widespread outrage, Taane believes it might now be more appropriate to perform the song, which, at this point, “would just be a reflection of public sentiment.”

“I’m thinking about it,” said Taane, nodding his head and checking over his shoulder. “I’m thinking about it.”

Asked about the possibility of Taane resurrecting his cover of the N.W.A classic, Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said there was “a time and place for everything,” and that now was “the worst time” to perform Fuck tha Police.

“Really? Honestly, please, no. Not this week,” he said. “We didn’t tolerate it the first time. We’re not going to tolerate it the second time.”

But Taane says that he’ll only perform the song “a little,” and won’t even necessarily get through the whole thing.

“Why not just the first verse?” he asked. “That’s the only part anyone knows, anyway.”