Chris Rock’s “Bullet Control”: “I think all bullets should cost $5,000 dollars!”

By on February 7, 2016

On the occasion of Chris Rock’s 51st birthday we thought we’d take a look back at a famous bit of his which has come to be known as “Bullet Control.” (This one’s NSFW for language, btw).


In this bit, from Rock’s 1999 HBO special “Bigger and Blacker,” he argues that the U.S. doesn’t need gun control, it needs bullet control, pointing out that that there would be no more innocent bystanders if bullets cost $5000:

“… You don’t need no gun control. You know what you need? We need some bullet control. Man, we need to control the bullets, that’s right. l think all bullets should cost $5,000 dollars! Five thousand dollars for a bullet. You know why? ‘Cause if a bullet costs $5,000, there’d be no more innocent bystanders. That’d be it. Every time someone gets shot, people will be like, ”Damn, he must have did somethin’… Shit, they put $5o,000 worth of bullets in his ass!’ People would think before they killed somebody, if a bullet cost $5,000. ‘Man, l would blow your fucking head off, if l could afford it. l’m gonna get me another job, l’m gonna start saving some money…and you’re a dead man! You better hope l can’t get no bullets on layaway!’ So even if you get shot by a stray bullet… you won’t have to go to no doctor to get it taken out. Whoever shot you would take their bullet back…. l believe you got my property.”’


Rock was born Christopher Julius Rock III on February 7, 1965, in Andrews, South Carolina, before his parents moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, eventually relocating and settling in Brooklyn’s Bedford–Stuyvesant area.

He is the host of this year’s upcoming 88th Academy Awards show, which will be broadcast, on ABC, on February 28th, 2016.


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.