Cop Killer" is a song composed by Ernie C with words by Ice-T for American heavy metal band Body Count, of which they were both members. Released on Body Count's 1992 self-titled debut album, the song was written two years earlier, and was partially influenced by "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads.
Produced by Ernie C. & Ice-T. Cop Killer Lyrics COP KILLER, better you than me COP KILLER, fuck police brutality! COP KILLER, I know your family's grievin'. FUCK 'EM! COP KILLER, but tonight we get even
The Body Count album was released on March 31, 1992. A group called "The Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas" called for a boycott on June 10, which ignited the controversy and sent sales soaring. The album was certified Gold (500,000 copies sold) on August 4, and on August 15, it peaked at on the Albums chart. On the August 20 issue of Rolling Stone, Ice-T appeared on the cover wearing a police uniform. The officers were acquitted on April 29, 1992, and riots ensued. In the wake of these events, "Cop Killer" became a flashpoint, seen by King supporters as an expression of rage over a system that protects racist officers, and by opponents who viewed it as undermining law enforcement. Ice-T became part of the story and proved himself as an articulate voice in the controversy.
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Body Count is the eponymous debut album of American heavy metal band Body Count. Released in 1992, the album material focuses on various social and political issues ranging from police brutality to drug abuse. The album presents a turning point in the career of Ice-T, who co-wrote the album's songs with lead guitarist Ernie C and performed as the band's lead singer. Previously known only as a rapper, Ice-T's work with the band helped establish a crossover audience with rock music fans. Ice-T referred to the album's final track, "Cop Killer" as a protest song, stating that the song is " in the first person as a character who is fed up with police brutality. The song was written in 1990, and had been performed live several times, including at Lollapalooza, before it had been recorded in a studio.