Producers of the 1988 movie Colors
asked Ice-T to use this in the film, as it depicts the kind of gang activity central to the film. Ice took the opportunity to upsell them. "We saw the screening, and we asked about the title song," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "They had a record by Rick James called 'Colors,' and if you listen to the Colors
soundtrack, the last song on the B-side is Rick James singing 'Colors.' It's like, 'Look at all these colors...' It was horrible. Me and Islam were like, 'We can make a song. I'm from the LA gang culture.' We went into the studio, made a song, and submitted it."
The "Colors theme
" ended up being Ice-T's biggest hit.