N.W.A's biopic "Straight Outta Compton" was one of the year's most massive hits -- it grossed over $200 million worldwide, scored the biggest August opening weekend for an R-rated movie -- and exposed hordes of non-rap fans to the story of the legendary crew in the process.
And while most die-hard N.W.A fans may have already known much of that story, this week they got an unearthed gem: A previously unreleased demo version of Ice Cube rapping the controversial 1988 single "F--k tha Police," pointed out by MissInfo.
We haven't heard the vast majority of Cube's rhymes here -- like his opening, "Stereotypes of a brother like me/ Down with the n---as from the CPT posse/ They callin' me a thug 'cause I carry a piece/ That's why I say, 'F--k police!'" -- which he swapped for what became an iconic start: "F--k the police coming straight from the underground/ A young n---a got it bad cause I'm brown."
Elements of one line, though, did creep their way into the final version. "Beatin' on a brother, 20-to-1/ They just some punk motherf--kers with a badge and a gun," he raps here, using a phrasing that eventually ended up in his opening verse: "Police think they have the authority/ To kill a minority/ F--k that sh-t, 'cause I ain't the one/ For a punk motherf--ker with a badge and a gun."
According to the user that uploaded the demo -- who didn't give any context for how they got it -- this is one of three demo verses that Cube recorded.
Maybe we'll be lucky enough to get the other two soon, but in the meantime, you can listen to the final version below.