"The Day The Niggaz Took Over" (1992) - Dr. Dre
Beyond his time with N.W.A., Dr. Dre has never been much for political commentary. But the West Coast hip-hop giant, influential producer, and headphone tycoon gave a heavy nod to his "Fuck tha Police" days when he recruited his Death Row Records inmates Snoop Doggy Dogg, RBX, and Dat Nigga Daz for this raw soundtrack to the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the shocking Rodney King police brutality verdict. Indeed, the pain, anger, nihilism ("How many niggas are ready to looooooot?") and fury heard throughout "The Day The Niggaz Took Over" could easily be mistaken for the visceral uproar that has gripped Ferguson, Missouri. The message: one's man's riot is another man's rebellion.
Lyrics To Fight For: "Laugh now but cry much later/Ya see when niggas get together they get mad cuz they can't fade us/Like my niggas from South Central, Los Angeles/They find that they couldn't handle us/Bloods, Crips on the same squad, with the Ese's thumpin, nigga it's time to rob and mob/(And break the white man off somthin' lovely, biddy-bye-bye, I don't love them so they can't love me...)"