Hailed as one of rap’s hardest emcees, Ice-T created a hurricane of publicity when he introduced Body Count in 1989. The band’s sound was a fusion of gangsta rap and thrash metal. Body Count attracted further attention and controversy with their anti-police song Cop Killer.
While the song and the controversy led to a falling out with their first label, the band soldiered on for many decades. Body Count continued to deliver anti-authority vitriol on their albums Bloodlust (2017) and Carnivore (2020). The landmark album O.G. Original Gangster featured Body Count, a hip-hop/metal song.
The band’s lineup includes D-Roe (guitar), Ernie-C (guitar), Beatmaster V (drums), and Mooseman (bass). All the members of the band attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Ice-T first performed with Body Count on the 1991 Lollapalooza Tour. The performance received a rave reception and earned them many fans.
Body Count was considered the best song and the highlight of the O.G. Original Gangster album. However, anger over their song Cop Killer turned the band into a symbol of everything wrong with pop culture. After many months of bad publicity, Ice-T removed the song from the album and parted ways with the record label.
Their second album, Born Dead, was released on Priority, Ice-T’s own record label. The album failed to generate sales and controversy and was soon forgotten. Despite his declining interest in the band, Ice-T remained with the band and recorded their third offering, Violent Demise: Last Days.
Violent Demise received great reception and reviews from critics. Unfortunately, it failed to sell. In 2005, the band went on tour and produced one live CD and three live DVDs from the tour. The following year, they released a new studio album called Murder 4 Hire. In 2012, the band signed with Sumerian Records.
Manslaughter, their fifth album, was released in 2014. No Lives Matter, a politically charged single from their sixth studio LP Bloodlust, was released in December 2016. Their seventh studio album, Carnivore, was released in March 2020 and tackled racism and corrupt politicians with powerful thrash tempos and metal riffing.