Ever since it dropped in 1988, N.W.A's "F--k Tha Police" has been a divisive song. Many law enforcement officials, of course, don't take to its message too kindly; on the other hand, it's widely viewed as a classic, important song from one of rap's greatest groups.
Given that distinction, what happens when you play the quarter-century old hit in your car as you drive past a cop? If you're Cesar Baldelomar, you get pulled over.
According to the Miami New Times, the 26-year-old was driving through Hialeah, Florida on his way to his parents house on Thanksgiving morning when he pulled up at a stoplight and "F--k Tha Police" played from his car stereo.
A nearby cop wasn't having it.
"Really?" Hialeah Police Officer Harold Garzon, who was at a nearby accident, said to him. "You're really playing that song? Pull over."
Though the officer told him it was illegal to play loud music within 25 feet of another person, Baldelomar, a graduate of Harvard currently in law school at Florida International University, knew that wasn't the case.
"In 2012 the State Supreme Court struck down any law banning loud music," he said. "I knew that because it was a case I had actually studied in law school."
It didn't matter. Garzon -- who has been an officer for 17 years and has 16 internal affairs cases against him, according to the report -- gave Baldelomar three tickets: One for not having proof of insurance (which he did, on his phone, and showed the officer); one for having an out of state plate (he says he's still resident of Massachusetts); and one for not wearing his seatbelt (he says he was).
"I'm educated," Baldelomar, who didn't end up getting ticketed for the purported noise violation, said. "I know my rights. And I speak English, so I can fight this. But what about when this happens to someone who's not so lucky? Policing has to change in this country."