New Zealand Artist Arrested For…Rapping?
According to his official media statement, Taane (formerly of the band Salmonella Dub) was cuffed and taken to spend the night in prison after police charged him with disorderly behavior, likely to cause violence for rapping the 1988 classic, “F*ck Tha Police.”
“I’ve done it in front of other police officers and they’ve kind of looked at me, given me a wink and gone ‘you naughty boy.’ And then nothing’s happened from it,” Taane told TV NZ.
A shocked Taane (his DJ plus the club’s promoter were also arrested and later released) will appear in court this Friday. “I’ve often played and sang along to ['F*ck Tha Police'] at my concerts with no trouble at all. I have had an excellent rapport with the NZ Police and I intend to keep that relationship positive. I’m 34-years-old and this is my first ever offense and I feel it is unfortunate that one particular officer became upset with the lyrics I sang that night.”
Taane apparently sang the lyrics as police were carrying out a walk-through of the nightclub.
“I was like there’s the police, they’re pushing through the crowd…I’m just going to do what I normally do when the police are in the building and have a wee cheeky thing.”
NZ police, however, are of course telling a different story. The officer in question says Taane performed the track to incite violence in the club and Police Association president Greg O’Connor says his whole story is bogus. “This has nothing to do with the words of a song,” said O’Connor, who has gone on record stating Taane refused to cooperate once a fight broke out on the dancefloor that could have easily escalated. “His (Taane’s) actions were completely unreasonable and he was completely out of control.”
Tiki Taane is one of New Zealand’s most successful soloists and his song “Always On My Mind” is the highest-selling New Zealand single of all time.
Says Taane, “In the 20 years I’ve been doing this there has never been any violence at my gigs.”