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Body Count

Maybe no one saw the humor, or maybe they were distracted by the barely competent heavy metal of the album, but rapper Ice-T's heavy metal group launched a hurricane of publicity with their self-titled debut album, Body Count. Ice-T's music had been hard as heavy metal for a number of years, and on 1991's landmark OG Original Gangster, he recorded the speed metal/hip-hop fusion "Body Count" with his band of the same name. Body Count's lineup included Ernie-C (guitar), D-Roe (guitar), Mooseman (bass), and Beatmaster V (drums), all of whom attended Crenshaw High School in South Central Los Angeles. On the 1991 Lollapalooza tour, Ice-T performed with Body Count and earned a substantial amount of fans and praise. "Body Count" was a highlight of OG and, not coincidentally, it was the most serious and best song on their 1992 album. For the rest of Body Count, the band engaged in heavy metal clichés and lyrics that were either humorously over the top or cringe-inducing.

After it was out for a couple of months, fury over the song "Cop Killer" made the album a symbol for everything that was wrong with popular culture. After several months of constant bad publicity, Warner Brothers and Ice-T pulled the song from the album; several months later, he parted ways with the record company.

Body Count released their second album, Born Dead, on Ice-T's new record label, Priority, in 1994. The record failed to generate either controversy or sales and disappeared shortly after its fall release, after which Mooseman left the band. Despite declining interest in Body Count, Ice-T stuck with the band, recording the group's third album, Violent Demise: Last Days, in 1997; sadly, Beatmaster V fell victim to leukemia early that year. Upon the release of Violent Demise, most critics suddenly got Body Count's sense of humor and, consequently, the album received fairly good reviews, yet failed to sell. In 2005 the band was revived and hit the road. Three live DVDs and one live CD were sourced from the tour, and a new studio album, Murder 4 Hire, followed in 2006. In 2012, Ice-T announced that the band had signed to Sumerian Records, where they released their fifth album, Manslaughter, in 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Gotta love how they use the drums to simulate rapid fire sounds. 1st album had some worthy songs imo.
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I still have Cop Killer on cassette. Yet no cassette player.
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my great friend is basically from the ROK!! N I tryd to help him..it's his choice 2 get cleaned up.. I hate to say IT..he tryd stealing from the 1 who helps him. Me.
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bakerwagner
I get to see them perform tomorrow at Mayhem!!!!!
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Great band nothing more to say :)
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lehmanjohn61
On tv tonight! !!!
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ericcraigsha r p
What a s**tty review!
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KILL ALL MUTHERFVCKIN COPS.... FVCK THE LAW.... FVCK SH!T UP
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And wheres ice T now drinking geritol
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Good 90's hardcore. That review is all over the place and incorrect. Hardcore. Great social commentary on the state of the streets. Not metal.
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+++++KILL A COP FOR JESUS++++++
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Stoy of my life . ICE T The Speed Ball Old English Original Ganstafo .
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N**gers spiks keep killing yourselves.. I n d i a n s and Arabs educate themselves.. . a n d some whites too....and they move on
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Sigue la cuenta ( body count )
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Ohhh my god iwas waiting for this one
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Ernie C. kicks a** MutahFUCKERS - and I'm ice mutha f**kin T biiitch
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totally underrated band
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I still have the original Cop Killer album with Cop Killer seen them 3 times in L.A. awesome band I also have a Beatmaster V drum stick from their concert where L.A.P.D. were in riot gear for 3 blocks in every direction even had a sniper on the roof top across the street...... . . . B O D Y COUNT MUTHA FUKAS!!!!!
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There is no rap in Body Count... Ice T even says that. It's Thrash/punk with some HipHop mentality.. His words.
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Rap and metal meshed into one, hardcore rap metal, it started with anthrax and run dmc. This is a great album. Don't bother feeding into this moron critic. Can he even play an instrument?
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I hear your family screamin...F * * K EM
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ofcourse without Bad Brains... there is none of that...
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This is a pathetic overview of this band. There is no Rage Against the Machine without Body Count.... period!!!!
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I grew up when this band came out and i LOVED it & still do.
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scottie_delu x e 0 0 2
I remeber when this was out and all the crap around. saw them at palooza and soundgarden played 'cop killer I recalled all the huff about that song yet NO ONE said a word about the song on the album about killing his mother. These guys were awesome to say the lest. I to the C to the E to the motherf&ckin g T
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WTF is this guy talking about? Maybe BC was never critcally acclaimed or accepted by mainstream, but metal is not supposed to be either of those. That's when it falls off. Most metal heads I knew in the early 90's including myself loved this stuff.
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AWESOME!
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namic9
Who that hell wrote that crap review???
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Still relevant today, ice t is a genius lyrically and socially. Body Count remains one of my favorite bands of all time
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barely competent metal...f**k you!
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I remember when Cop Killer first came out. All of us rockers were like "HUH?".....b u t it caught on strangely enough....:p
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I love that song Body Count & Cop Killer. Good old school punk.
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But tonight we get EVEN!!!
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Saw Body Count on the Lollapalooza Tour... Still think the idea of Body Count kicks serious tail. Froggs, Lizards, Ribbit, Toes, y'all!
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potter i LIGHTSABER DUDE
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Ice-T has a metal band? Whoa.
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i know your family will be grievin but tonight we get even!!!!!!
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steven_wilke r s o n
HAHA this is pretty damn good and pretty f**king funny. Never listened to it before. I like it. Who knew?
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I FEEL SPECIAL, I HERD COP KILLER BY THESE GUYS THANK YOU PANDORA YOU ARE DA SHEIT GGVHHJKO;;
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uuztuereruzu
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I remember when that came out it was somethin' else people were stealing each others original copies n s**t after the original was yanked from the shelves
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one bullet left T.
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jt5d6
ICE T'S METAL persona, I bet if he relesed it now he would be doing well with this band..

I am glad to see rappers trying new stuff.
this was a big step for him
I wanna hear cop killa from the old skool before tipper gores molestation of freedom of speech
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freedom of speatch
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THIS IS A BAND THAT SHOULD HAVE SURVIVED EASILY INSTEAD STRUGGLED.TW O THUMBS UP

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