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Deeper than Racism: A Playboy Conversation with Ice-T

Deeper than Racism: A Playboy Conversation with Ice-T

In 1991, Ice-T was on top of the rap game. His fourth album, O.G. Original Gangster, featuring the theme song to the Wesley Snipes vehicle New Jack City—in which Ice also had a part—was screaming up the charts. The album also included “Body Count,” the first shot from Ice’s all-black hardcore band of the same name. When Body Count’s self-titled debut dropped the following year, Ice found himself at the center of a shitstorm surrounding the track “Cop Killer,” which criticized police brutality in the wake of the Rodney King beating and—if you weren’t paying attention—seemed to advocate deadly retaliation. Police organizations across the country cried foul, and the song was denounced by everyone from Tipper Gore and the police commissioner of New Zealand to then-President George Bush and VP Dan Quayle. In the end, Ice decided to yank the song from the album, but not before appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in a cop uniform. Fast forward to right about now: Ice-T has…

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