"Cop Killer" (1992) - Ice T
Before becoming a television staple on Law & Order: SVU and making an unlikely jump to reality TV with Ice Loves Coco, Ice T was a hell-raising, censorship destroying badass. And nowhere was his infamy more amplified than his turn to heavy metal as the leader of the two-fisted band Body Count. More specifically, the bruising track “Cop Killer” transformed Ice and guitar-wielding crew into international outlaws. The rapper-turned-rocker claimed that the song’s violent lyrics (“I’m ‘bout to kill me somethin’/A pig stopped me for nuthin!”) was his answer to the widespread police brutality highlighted by the surreal filming of the Rodney King beating.
Ice and executives at his home label distributor Warner Bros. received daily death threats from outraged opponents. Law enforcement organizations declared war on the groundbreaking O.G. Even President George Bush (!!!) publicly rebuked Body Count and its record company for even envisioning “Cop Killer.” The explosive cut was eventually removed from the album as Ice T parted ways with his longtime label months later. Just more proof of the visceral power of music.
Lyrics To Fight For: "Fuck the police, for Darryl Gates/Fuck the police, for Rodney King/Fuck the police, for my dead homies/Fuck the police, for your freedom/Fuck the police, don't be a pussy/Fuck the police, have some muthafuckin' courage..."