75) Armond White on Ice-T’s song “Cop Killer” and its controversy -1992-
“Ice-T, capitalism’s friend, promises that his next recording will be ‘even worse’ than ‘Cop Killer,‘ the
song that enraged law-enforcement groups across the country. Does that mean he’ll finally come up with ‘new and improved,’ ‘100-percent pure’ anger?”
“…Last month, when Ice-T bowed down to political pressure and conveniently asked his record company , Warner Bros., to delete ‘Cop Killer’ from further pressings of the Body Count album, he made the decade’s sorriest demonstration of confused pop ideology. Trading ethics for economics, Ice-T took the juice out of his usually hard-core defiance. He exhibited, instead, a naive complicity with the powers that be. Aggreived but not astute, Ice-T has become a puny…”
To read more of Armond White’s take on the Ice-T ‘Cop Killer’ controversy, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World.