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Published on Aug 29, 2013
"Cop Killer" is a song by American band Body Count, from its 1992 self-titled debut album.
The song's words were written by Body Count's lead vocalist, Ice-T, while its music was written by the band's lead guitarist, Ernie C. The song was written in 1990, and was partially influenced by "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads.
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 and Vice President Dan Quayle, as well as Tipper Gore, co-founder of Parents Music Resource Center. Others defended the song on the basis of the band's First Amendment rights. Ice-T has referred to it as a "protest record." Ice-T eventually recalled the album and re-released it without the inclusion of the song, which was given away as a free single.