Although his critics would have you believe otherwise, Ice-T is far from the first to sing about cop-killing. In fact, the topic has quite a history, stretching from the outlaw ballads of the 19th century to the rap records of today. What follows is a look at some of the most memorable:
"The Wild Colonial Boy." Originating in the Australian bush, this 19th century saga of unrepentant banditry climaxes in a confrontation between the hero, Jack Doolan, and three troopers. One trooper is killed,the second wounded, but the third shoots Doolan, who is brought back a hero.
"Dupree." Based on the story of Frank Dupree, this American ballad from the '20s tells how he stole a diamond only to encounter a policeman while trying to escape. "I pulled my pistol and I shot that cop/I laid him dead at my feet," goes one couplet.