Ice-T chronicles the horror of police brutality in the visceral video for “Black Hoodie,” his new single with metal outfit Body Count. The clip opens with an innocent man shot dead in a parking lot as police sirens echo in the background.
“All these people out here tripping off police brutality like this shit is something new,” Ice-T says to open the track. “Give me a fucking break – I’ve been talking about this shit for over 20 years. And now you can kill a motherfucker just because of how he’s dressed. Are you fucking serious?”
Over his bandmates’ sinister guitar riffs and frenetic drum flourishes, the rapper laments how common – and underreported – police shootings are in the U.S.
The rapper describes one such shooting in detail, conjuring a scenario where he and his friends are hanging out when cops confront them. On the chorus, Ice-T channels the perspective of the dead character, who was killed after running from the police: “I didn’t have a gun, so why am I dead?/ You didn’t have to shoot me, and that’s a known fact/ And now I’m laying face down with bullets in my back.”
“Black Hoodie” is available as a free download with pre-order of Body Count’s upcoming sixth LP, Bloodlust, out March 31st.