Lost Classic! “F**k Rodney King,” Willie D
We all remember the Los Angeles riots in 1992 after two white police officers were acquitted of brutally beating African-American Rodney King during a traffic stop. The beating was caught on tape, played on every news outlet imaginable, but somehow the cops beat the rap (both were eventually sent to prison on federal charges). Before order could be restored, 55 people had died, more than 2,300 people were injured, more than 7,000 fires were set, and more than 3,000 businesses were destroyed.
During the riots, King went in front of the media and asked for calm by uttering the now infamous phrase….”People I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?” This comment didn’t sit well with many in the African-American community, especially rapper Willie D.
Willie D (real name Willie Dennis) burst onto the rap scene as a member of The Geto Boys. In 1992, he left the group to pursue a solo career, and recorded, in my opinion, the greatest rap song ever….F**K Rodney King.
Willie D pulls no punches in his disgust for King and the entire African-American community, including politicians, judges and everyone in between. In short, he’s pissed.
I’m not a rap fan by any stretch of the imagination (although I do like “Baby Got Back” by Sir-Mix-Alot, mostly for its theme), but this tune is great. The rhymes, the biting lyrics, the anger, the fact that he leaves nothing to the imagination, it kicks ass from start to finish.
At the end of the song, a group of guys pretend to make nice with King by asking him what he got for being a sell-out…then they shoot him. The lesson to be learned from this song….don’t F**k with Willie D.