Ice-T was ahead of his time, forming Body Count and blending rap and metal together. Now, it’s THE wave in hip-hop to mix two seemingly opposing genres. But a few years before Cop Killer, Ice-T was courting controversy even with more traditional sounding rap music.
On this day in 1988, Ice-T released Power. The album was criticised for its lyrical content and appearing to reinforce negative stereotypes but retrospectively received increasing praise. The album peaked at 35 on the US Billboard 200.
Afrika Islam helped Ice-T a lot on Power. The album is certified gold in Canada and platinum in the US.