But perhaps the best-known case is Eric Clapton's cover version of Bob Marley and the Wailers' 'I Shot the Sheriff', which reached the top of the U.S. music charts in the mid-1970s (a feat not approached by Ice-T). The importance of a song like ‘Body Count’ for African women. This was the first time in twenty years that a sound recording had come before the censorship body, and the first ever case involving popular music. “When we do Body Count shows, there’s always an Ice-T fan yelling for ‘Colors’ or ‘6 in Tha Morning,’ but we never had it in the set list. It combines the thrashy guitars of heavy metal with the socially conscious rap lyrics of the 90s and the end result is pure audio perfection. [1] Ice-T left the label in 1993, following additional disputes over his solo album Home Invasion. It's really me yelling at somebody on the internet. ", "Rap, cops, and crime: clarifying the 'cop killer' controversy", "Ice T: Is the Issue Social Responsibility...", Winning the Cultural War (speech transcript), "Ice-T speaks out on censorship, Cop Killer, his leaving Warner Bros. and more", "Quotations From Chairman Mo: Mo Ostin let his artists do the talking for him his whole career. Body Count - Body Count Lyrics. "Body Count" finds Jessie Reyez addressing the way men and women are judged differently when the question of the number of people they've had sex with come up. I've written better songs that are more on point with what I believe today. 'I Shot the Sheriff', though, never suffered the sort of moral and political attacks that 'Cop Killer' did. Body Count jam-packed this album with real songs. As part of the agreement to remove the track, Warner gave Ice-T the masters to "Body Count". Many individuals of the law enforcement profession do not want anyone to scrutinize their actions, but want to scrutinize the actions of others. The duration of song is 05:18. ", Asked if he thinks folks will understand "Cop Killer" now more than they did at the time of the track's original release, Ice-T said: "It was a song about somebody who, during a moment like this, got so mad that they went after the cops. That didn't make it right. Ice-T's financial success cannot excuse the vileness of his message ... Hitler's anti-Semitism sold in Nazi Germany. reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Others defended the song on the basis of the band's First Amendment rights. Ice-T took on the role of vocalist and writing the lyrics for most of Body Count's songs, while Ernie C has been responsible for writing the group's music. Born Dead is the second studio album by American crossover thrash band Body Count. If you believe that I'm a cop killer, you believe David Bowie is an astronaut", in reference to Bowie's song "Space Oddity". [14], Ice-T stated of the song, "I'm singing in the first person as a character who is fed up with police brutality. After Ice-T included the song “Body Count” on his 1991 album Original Gangster, the band was invited to perform on the first annual Lollapalooza tour. Body Count’s Ice-T gave Metal Hammer an exclusive track-by-track breakdown of Carnivore back in March, and speaking about Thee Critical Beatdown, he said: “That one’s a basic Body Count grindhouse-style stupid fun song. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. In a new interview with the Washington Post, hip-hop legend, actor and director Ice-T spoke about "Cop Killer", the controversial protest song he released in 1992 with his metal band BODY COUNT. I was a little more radical back then. Body … I learned that lesson in there, that you're never really safe as long as you're connected to any big corporation's money. "[10], Over the next month, controversy against the band grew. Let's go after Breonna Taylor's killers. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Body Count at the Discogs Marketplace. Furious, explicit and uncompromising, Body Count, led by Ice-T are hard to define, sort of hard rock/metal/thrash band with full, hard-core, rap credentials. Their self-titled debut album garnered much attention due to controversy around the song "Cop Killer". What we talked about 30 years ago, we're still talking about.". Furious, explicit and uncompromising, Body Count, led by Ice-T are hard to define, sort of hard rock/metal/thrash band with full, hard-core, rap credentials. Following its release, the song was met with strong opposition, with critics ranging from President George H. W. Bush to various law enforcement agencies, with strong demand for the song's withdrawal from commercial availability, citing concerns of promoting anti-police sentiment. I ain't never killed no cop. The track was said to be a violent revenge fantasy in which the narrator has his "12-gauge sawed off" in order to "dust some cops off. This is the original and first release. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. Body Count has just launched a video contest for their song "The Hate Is Real" from their latest album, … This is the original and first release. Body Count Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine + Follow Artist. “Cop Killer” is from Body Count’s self-titled LP. [3] "Cop Killer" was written in 1990, and had been performed live several times, including at the 1991 Lollapalooza tour, before it had been recorded in a studio. ", Pressed about who the 62-year-old Ice is, he responded: "My correct guidance right now is know your allies and let's continue to go forward. To comment on a Some Quotable Lyrics. [10], In July 1992, the New Zealand Police Commissioner unsuccessfully attempted to prevent an Ice-T concert in Auckland, arguing that "Anyone who comes to this country preaching in obscene terms the killing of police, should not be welcome here",[13] before taking Body Count and Warner Bros. Records to the Indecent Publications Tribunal, in an effort to get it banned under New Zealand's Indecent Publications Act 1963. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. Among other tracks, the album features a cover of Billy Roberts' "Hey Joe," performed in the style of Jimi Hendrix' recording of the song, as originally featured on the Are You Experienced album. "This is almost the anti-that anthem, 'cause I'm proud of who I've had sex with, and what's the difference? According to Ernie C, the controversy over the song "still lingers for us, even now. Original Gangster), the record is devoid of serious commentary, trading intelligence for a lurid comic book depiction of sex, violence, and "Voodoo." Everything we did, we had full control over. Similarly, the highly respected fiddler Tommy Jarrell wrote and sang 'Policeman', which begins, 'Policeman come and I didn't want to go this morning, so I shot him in the head with my 44.' [6] Eventually, the album was re-issued with "Cop Killer" removed. Ice gets it too, even though he plays a cop on TV now on Law & Order SVU. Body Count lyrics - 91 song lyrics sorted by album, including "No Lives Matter", "There Goes The Neighborhood", "KKK Bitch". [6] The performer stated of the controversy that "When I started out, [Warner] never censored us. In addition, she acknowledges that many men have attempted to … [16], The National Black Police Association opposed the boycott of Time Warner and the attacks on "Cop Killer", identifying police brutality as the cause of much anti-police sentiment, and proposing the creation of independent civilian review boards "to scrutinize the actions of our law enforcement officers" as a way of ending the provocations that caused artists such as Body Count "to respond to actions of police brutality and abuse through their music. The Body Count album containing 'Cop Killer' was shipped throughout the United States in miniature body bags. Vice President Quayle branded "Cop Killer" "obscene", and President Bush publicly denounced any record company that would release such a product. But what happened was when the cops moved on Body Count they issued pressure on the corporate division of Warner Bros., and that made the music division, they couldn't out-fight 'em in the battle, so even when you're in a business with somebody who might not wanna censor you, economically people can put restraints on 'em and cause 'em to be afraid. [4] Body Count was removed from the shelves of a retail store in Greensboro, North Carolina, after local police had told the management that they would no longer respond to any emergency calls at the store if they continued to sell the album. “You talk a lot of shit, now it’s time to back it up. This theme has been the subject of countless cinematic and literary works, and has appeared many times before in popular music. Lyrics to 'Body Count' by Body Count: You know sometimes I sit at home, you know, and I watch T.V. [13], At the July 1992 annual shareholders' meeting for Time Warner, actor Charlton Heston, who was a minor Time Warner shareholder, was given the opportunity to address the crowd, and, in a well publicized speech, recited lyrics from both "Cop Killer" and another song from Body Count, "KKK Bitch" – which namechecked Tipper Gore herself – in an attempt to embarrass company executives into dropping the album. Don't let up. How do we account for this difference? Let's get it done.". In a new interview with the Washington Post, hip-hop legend, actor and director Ice-T spoke about "Cop Killer", the controversial protest song he released in 1992 with his metal band BODY COUNT… To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565 Only days before distribution of the album was voluntarily suspended, Time Warner flooded the record market with a half million copies. Its lyrics were influenced by the several cases of police brutality in Los Angeles. Alongside the album's reissue, Warner Bros. issued "Cop Killer" as a free single. The 'Cop Killer' song has been implicated in at least two shooting incidents and has inflamed racial tensions in cities across the country. Female sexuality is a mainstay in afropop, yet for some reason isn’t a space women themselves are allowed to occupy, and also tend to shy away from. It's also not for sale as an iTunes download or a new CD. [13] Many people from the music world and other fields were supportive of the song. This is a Tank top with the lyrics "We gon' love who we wanna love" from the song "Body Count", written by Jessica Reyes / Kehlani Parrish / Kenneth Edmonds / Khristopher Riddick Tynes / Normani Kordei Hamilton / Rachel Keen / Victoria Money as performed by Jessie Reyez, Kehlani, Normani. Lead guitarist Ernie C has been responsible for writing the group's music. 1992 studio album by Body Count Body Count Studio album by Body Count ReleasedMarch 10, 1992 RecordedSeptember–December 1991 StudioOne-on-One Recorders, Syndicate Studio West GenreCrossover thrash Length52:59 LabelSire Producer Ice-T Ernie C. Body Count chronology Body Count Born Dead Singles from Body Count "There Goes the Neighborhood" Released: 1992 "Cop Killer" Released: 1992 Body Count is the eponymous debut studio album by American crossover thrash band Body Count… At the time, Ice-T said concern for the well-being of the staffs of Warner Bros. Records and Sire Records, who he said had received death threats from police officers as a result of distributing the song, also motivated him to pull "Cop Killer". [4][11] Dennis R. Martin (Former President, National Association of Chiefs of Police) argued that: The misuse of the First Amendment is graphically illustrated in Time Warner's attempt to insert into the mainstream culture the vile and dangerous lyrics of the Ice-T song entitled 'Cop Killer'. "[6] The political and social messages are writ large in Ice-T's VERY graphic and explicit lyrics, but it is also a thumping rock album. does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. About “Body Count” On “Body Count,” Jessie Reyez voices out the right to love whoever she pleases. For example, in direct response to the criticism made by Dennis Martin above, Mark S. Hamm and Jeff Ferrell argued the following: Ice-T is not the first artist to put a 'cop killer' theme in United States popular culture. and I wonder what it would be like to live someplace like, you know, the Cosby show, Ozzie and Harriet, you know, where cops come and got your cat outta the tree Divorced from the controversy that surrounded its release, Body Count's self-titled debut is a surprisingly tepid affair. I never killed no cop. They never fail to elicit a chuckle from me. [19], The studio version of "Cop Killer" has not been re-released, although a live version of the song appears on the 2005 release Body Count: Live in LA. But it's a love/hate thing. 'No Lives Matter' addresses my feelings at this moment. Ernie C's one hell of a guitar player. BLABBERMOUTH.NET Listen to Body Count Body Count MP3 song. And I can't blame him—considering the climate." I'll try to book clubs and the guy I'm talking to will mention it and I'll think to myself, 'Man, that was 17 years ago', but I meet a lot of bands who ask me about it too and I'm real respected by other artists for it. I felt like it a lot of times. [6] According to his 1994 book The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck?, Ice-T decided to remove the song from the album of his own volition. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends). Body Count discography and songs: Music profile for Body Count, formed 1990. BLABBERMOUTH.NET "It should be there. CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas) called for a boycott of all products by Time Warner in order to secure the removal of the song and album from stores. An Ice-T spinoff that … Ice-T has referred to it as a "protest record. Lyrical subject matter includes war, drugs, death, murder and the mosh pit. Body Count really fire on all cylinders with this album. It absolutely should be there," says Ernie Cunnigan, also known as BODY COUNT's longtime guitarist Ernie C. "Some of these kids that are out there [protesting], they're 30, 31 — they were newborns when this was going on. [9][10] Within a week, they were joined by police organizations across the United States.[4]. [3], The song's lyrics about "cop killing" provoked much controversy and negative reactions from political figures of the time, such as President George H. W. Bush[4] and Vice President Dan Quayle,[4] as well as Tipper Gore,[5] co-founder of Parents Music Resource Center. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of 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. Complete song listing of Body Count on OLDIES.com. "Cop Killer" is a song composed by Ernie C with lyrics by Ice-T for American heavy metal band Body Count, of which they were both members. During the Great Depression, for example, people celebrated Pretty Boy Floyd and his exploits, which included murdering law enforcement personnel. The music can make you headbang, but also make you think as well. BODY COUNT lyrics - 72 song lyrics from 6 albums, including "Bloodlust" (2017). You don’t gotta tell me ’bout your body count I don’t gotta know your ex’s name ‘Cause if it just so happens that you turn around and ask me I think you might feel some type of way I dodge dick on the daily, yeah You know sometimes I sit at home, you know And I watch TV and I wonder what it would be like To live someplace like, you know 'The Cosby Sho Lyrics " Cop Killer " is a song composed by Ernie C with lyrics by Ice-T for American heavy metal band Body Count, of which they were both members. Yeah, um (Haha, I fucked that bitch) / I make music (And that's on God, two times) / For people who go to school to fight instead of learn, ha / (And she gon' get me Soon after the riots, the Dallas Police Association and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT) launched a campaign to force Warner Bros. Records to withdraw the album.[4]. But a lot of times you warn people by saying this can happen. You got to remember, 30-years-ago Ice is different than 62-year-old Ice. [17], Some death threats were sent to Warner Bros. Records executives, and some stockholders threatened to pull out of the company. The political and social messages are writ large in Ice-T's VERY graphic and explicit lyrics, but it is also a thumping rock album. The members of BODY COUNT were even threatened with arrest if they played the song live. "[18] Warner Bros. Records chairman Mo Ostin said in a 1994 interview with the Los Angeles Times, "(Time Warner) got so thin-skinned after the incident at the shareholders' meeting. 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. Now the record-biz legend steps out of the shadows and takes us on a tour from Ol' Blue Eyes to Red Hot Chili Peppers", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cop_Killer_(song)&oldid=995219216, Law enforcement controversies in the United States, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz work identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 December 2020, at 21:34. Apart from the previously released "Body Count" (which appeared on Ice-T's 1991 album O.G. BLABBERMOUTH.NET Body Count’s label, Sire Records, and their parent company, Warner Bros. defended the s… read more Body Count fans, get your cameras ready! Those who work closely with the families and friends of slain officers volunteering for the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum, are outraged by the message of 'Cop Killer'. ADVERTISE / [15], In a July 1992 editorial in The Wall Street Journal defending his company's involvement with the song, Time Warner co-CEO Gerald M. Levin repeated this defense, writing that rather than "finding ways to silence the messenger", critics and listeners should be "heeding the anguished cry contained in his message". [8], The recorded version mentions then-Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates, and Rodney King, a black motorist whose beating by LAPD officers had been caught on videotape. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. Explore releases from Body Count at Discogs. Others defended the album on the basis of the group's right to freedom of speech, and cited the fact that Ice-T had portrayed a police officer in the 1991 film, New Jack City. In an article for The Washington Post, Tipper Gore condemned Ice-T for songs such as "Cop Killer", writing that "Cultural economics were a poor excuse for the South's continuation of slavery. In the end, Ice-T decided to leave because he could not allow tampering with his work. The album was released on September 6, 1994. "[5] Some critics argued that the song could cause crime and violence. Genres: Crossover Thrash, Rap Metal, Hardcore Punk. DOWNLOAD Song Jessie Reyez – Body Count MP3 . To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. TERMS OF SERVICE / and [1], Ice-T referred to "Cop Killer" as a "protest record",[6] stating that the song is "[sung] in the first person as a character who is fed up with police brutality". Ice-T mans the mic well; his spoken-word delivery - highlighting various forms of racial injustices as well as injecting plenty of humor too - is dark and hard-hitting. BLABBERMOUTH.NET The group is fronted by Ice-T, who first established himself as a rapper but co-founded the group with lead guitarist Ernie C out of their interest in heavy metal music. CONTACT, DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN Says He Is 'Really Confident' 'Stadium Tour' Will Happen In 2021 'If They Get The Vaccine Rolled Out', NOFX Announces 'Single Album', Drops 'Linewleum' Video Featuring AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ROB ZOMBIE Bassist PIGGY D Blasts COVID-19 Rulebreakers, Calls TRUMP A 'Terrorist', California House JIMI HENDRIX Almost Bought Is Back On Market For $3.8 Million, Here Is The Official Trailer For AC/DC's 'Realize' Video. "Cop Killer" was apparently removed from later versions of BODY COUNT's self-titled album at Ice-T's request after shareholders in Warner Brothers, which released the record, threatened to pull out of the company. So [bassist] Vince [Price] was like, ‘We should just cover your songs so we have them in our clip.’ So we did ‘Colors’ and it came out hard. According to Billboard, "Cop Killer" is not available on any of the streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. [13] After reviewing the various submissions, and listening carefully to the album, the Tribunal found the song "Cop Killer" to be "not exhortatory", saw the album as displaying "an honest purpose", and found Body Count not indecent. But I never did it. © 2021 Blabbermouth.net This song is sung by Body Count. story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Ice-T eventually recalled the album and re-released it without the inclusion of the song, which was given away as a free single. "[8], Further controversy and decision to withdraw song, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, "Hang the MC Blaming hip hop for violence: a four-part series", "Despite a high body count of its own, band is a survivor", "Popular Culture and Social Control: The Moral Panic on Music Labeling. It is an affront to the officers—144 in 1992 alone—who have been killed in the line of duty while the police was upholding the laws of our society and protecting all its citizens.[12]. [7] Ice-T has also credited the Talking Heads song "Psycho Killer" with partially inspiring the song. Albums include Body Count, Bloodlust, and Born Dead. Body Count song from the album Body Count is released on Apr 2014 . Conversely, Ice-T defended the lyrical content of the song as did various other proponents who did not believe that the song posed any risk and remained in support of the song continuing to be released and sold. Shortly after the release of Body Count, a jury acquitted the officers and riots broke out in South Central Los Angeles. Expressing regret at the circumstances leading to Ice-T's departure, Ostin praised him as "a terrific artist who spoke the truth". PRIVACY POLICY / For the humor, see "KKK Bitch" and "Voodoo." BODYCOUNT Lyrics: Ayy, what? 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