Ice Cube and his N.W.A. bandmates once had to sign autographs for the cops to avoid a night behind bars after performing rap anthem F**K Tha Police in Detroit, Michigan.
The band's promoters had warned Cube and company that they would face incitement charges if they played the controversial track on tour - but they couldn't resist closing out the final show with the tune.
Appearing on U.S. chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (20Mar12), Ice Cube recalled, "The police started throwing M-80s (and) cherry bombs onstage. They caused a riot. We thought they were shooting (at us).
"They rounded us up (and) they told us, 'We're gonna take y'all to jail; we told you not to perform that song... (but) if you sign autographs for my kids, you won't go to jail!'
"I said, 'Dude, y'all caused a riot for an autograph?'"