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Body Count is a band from the United States, best known for being fronted by Ice-T and causing a furor with the release of “Cop Killer” from their debut album, Body Count.

Besides Ice-T, Body Count included Ernie-C (lead guitar), Mooseman (bass), Beatmaster V (drums) and D-Roc (rhythm guitar). Their album attacked, in graphic terms, various aspects of racism and criminality in South Central Los Angeles (now South Los Angeles), including corrupt police officers. A few months after Body Count was released, parent groups and other advocates began protesting “Cop Killer”. After months of intense pressure, Warner Brothers took the song off the album (replacing it with a bland version of Ice-T’s - ‘Freedom of Speech’). Ice T would leave the company soon after.

Priority Records released Body Count’s follow-up, Born Dead which continued on in a simular vein from the debut, the album would also include a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe but sales were low, and Mooseman left the group and was replaced by Griz. Body Count’s third album Violent Demise: Last Days (1997) received better reviews than their previous efforts, but sales remained low. The band soon began to unravel, Griz left the band soon after the release of Violent Demise, Beatmaster V died of Leukemia, Mooseman was shot in a drive-by in winter 2000 while working for Iggy Pop and in late 2004 D-Roc died due to complications from lymphoma, leaving only Ice-T and Ernie-C from the original Body Count line-up.

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  • nickgreen13

    But you see, I live in South Central and unfortunately... SHIT AIN'T LIKE THAT!!!! IT'S REAL FUCKED UP!!!!

    24 Nov 8:06pm Reply
  • nickgreen13

    You know sometimes I sit at home, you know, and watch TV and I wonder what it would be like to live someplace like the Cosby show, Ozzie and Harriet, you know, where the cops come and got you cat outta the tree and all your friends died of old age.

    24 Nov 8:06pm Reply
  • Steambull

    @Hail-Santa but Born Dead was the album where D-Roc and Mooseman got to write a lot of the songs as well, as opposed to just Ice-T and Ernie C doing it. That's why I like the album, you can tell that a lot of people brought in their ideas - some work, some don't. I can't say anything to defend Murder 4 Hire, it's horrible :P

    31 Oct 7:12pm Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    I had their first album on cassette, the original unedited release. Somebody stole it. -____-

    25 Oct 10:37pm Reply
  • Hail-Santa

    There are basically 3 essential albums if you want to listen to BC. First is the debut for obvious reasons. Second is Violent Demise which shows Ice's improved singing ability and the overall improved musicianship even though two members would soon die (with a third dying during recording of Murder 4 Hire). The third album you need is Manslaughter for the humour Ice is starting to make much more apparent in the music as opposed to the more serious nature of previous albums. Born Dead and Murder 4 Hire are largely forgettable.

    2 Sep 4:06am Reply
  • michouz

    Those blacks want everythin' in the fuckin' world

    29 Aug 4:09pm Reply
  • Hour_of_Chaos

    @Wraith89: Said the Absurd Fan

    5 Aug 6:18pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    Fucking awesome live

    3 Aug 9:54pm Reply
  • pakosBTR

    bitch in the pit!

    30 Jul 12:17pm Reply
  • bawitback

    ICP + Body Count 2014 lol

    25 Jul 12:06am Reply
  • Wraith89

    What a racist band.

    23 Jul 7:55am Reply
  • sangremuerto

    PRAY! PRAY FOR DEATH!

    18 Jul 7:31am Reply
  • raketo

    "You have a anger problem Sir?" :D :D

    15 Jul 9:59pm Reply
  • Atu666

    Institutionalized 2014 is the funniest thing I've listened to in a while [4]

    15 Jul 12:18pm Reply
  • SlipknotAndBMTH

    Альбом збс

    11 Jul 9:09am Reply
  • DarkMessengerVI

    The new album is amazing! ...even M. Shadows loves it! he recommended to the audience at Mayhem Festival.

    11 Jul 3:12am Reply
  • rogertonepit

    Institutionalized 2014 is the funniest thing I've listened to in a while [3]

    6 Jul 12:44pm Reply
  • Jekku666

    You know what, the new album is actually pretty damn enjoyable

    6 Jul 8:46am Reply
  • Congelamento

    Institutionalized 2014 is the funniest thing I've listened to in a while [2]

    5 Jul 4:35pm Reply
  • kotzen666

    German Review for MANSLAUGHTER. Best album since Debut! http://magazin.amboss-mag.de/body-count-manslaughter-rap-metal/

    28 Jun 12:37pm Reply
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