Ice-T & Body Count Are Back To Making Threatening Rock-Rap. But Who’s Their New Target? (Video)

When some Heads talk about Ice-T’s songs, they inevitably mention “Cop Killer.” It’s not a celebrated street-anthem like “6 ‘N The Mornin’,” “Colors,” or “New Jack Hustler.” It’s a song made by Tracy’s Metal/Rock-Rap outfit, Body Count. The 1992 single about retaliation from police violence prompted strong reactions from everybody ranging from President George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle, to actor/gun rights advocate Charlton Heston, to anonymous death-threats makers on Time Warner executives. In the end, Ice-T was dropped from a five-plus year-old major label deal, the self-titled Body Count album was recalled, and the MC-turned-actor maintained that he was held to a different standard than Rock artists like The Talking Heads and David Bowie, who had made fictional songs akin to T’s character in “Cop Killer.”

Twenty two years later, after four albums, Body Count is back at it. From their album, Manslaughter, Ice releases the video single to “Talk Shit, Get Shot.” Still menacing, Ice now points the (trigger) finger at social media bullies who attack each other, celebrities or not. In classic ’80s-’90s Ice-T form, the jarring video tells the story, as the “Law & Order: SVU” actor leads the way on a violent wake-up call.

It’s been years since an Ice-T song grabbed mainstream attention, besides Jay Z’s rendition of “99 Problems” a decade ago. Is “Talk Shit, Get Shot,” the new tipping point?

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