A Massachusetts DJ has been fined for ‘showing a reckless disregard for public safety’ as he played NWA‘s ‘Fuck Tha Police’ while law enforcement officers raided a bar in October 2015.
DJ Boogy -real name Kashawn Harris – has now been officially fined $50, for allegedly playing the group’s 1988 hit when the police were clearing out Shenanigans Pub. On March 11, a court found Harris responsible for disorderly conduct and ordered him to pay the fine.
As XXL reports, Westfield police officer Juanita Mejias, who was trying to cut the music, wrote in her official report, “I believed at that time the combination of alcohol, the excessive amount of people in the bar and the song that the DJ chose to play at that time was an intentional act by the DJ to incite the crowd [that] showed a reckless disregard for public safety.” More than 350 people were reportedly in the bar which had a maximum capacity of 160.
Harris told Masslive that he was in the midst of DJing a homecoming weekend party for his alma mater, Westfield State University. “I had no intention of inciting a riot. It was just college kids having fun.” implying that the song was queued up ready to play. He said the bar emptied out not long after police arrived.
Taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City on April 8, Grammy-award winning rapper Lamar will present N.W.A with an entry into the hall of fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been recognising and honouring legends from across the musical spectrum. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum is based in downtown Ohio, Cleaveland.
Kid Rock will be inducting punk band Cheap Trick, while scheduled speeches will also be coming from the likes of Matchbox Twenty‘s Rob Thomas, Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and The Black Keys. Chicago[a], [a]Deep Purple and Steve Miller will also be joining the 2016 class of inductees. Artists who join the ranks need to have released their first single or album 25 years ago (no later than 1990) to be deemed eligible.
The ceremony will also be broadcast on HBO on April 30.
He also tweeted a video thanking the general music public and industry in December 2015.
Thank you… pic.twitter.com/22yd4fVgct
— Ice Cube (@icecube) December 17, 2015
Ice Cube has also said that he will reunite the living members of NWA at this year’s Coachella festival. The rapper is listed on the line-up for this year’s event as a solo artist, alongside headlibers Guns N’ Roses, Calvin Harris and LCD Soundsystem. However, in an interview with US show The Talk, he promised that his set will feature much more.