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Body Count
At a concert in Prague, 2006
At a concert in Prague, 2006
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre(s) Heavy metal
Punk metal
Rapcore[1][2][3]
Gangsta Rap
Hardcore Rap
Crossover
Years active 1990 – present
Label(s) Sire/Warner Bros. Records (1992-1994)
Virgin/EMI Records (1994-2006)
Escapi Music (2006-Current)[1]
Website IceT.com
Members
Ice T (vocals)
Ernie C (lead guitar)
Bendrix (rhythm guitar)
Vincent Price (bass)
OT (drums)
Former members
Mooseman (bass) (deceased)
Beatmaster V (drums) (deceased)
D-Roc (rhythm guitar) (deceased)
Griz (bass)

Body Count is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1990. The group was founded by performer Ice T, best known for his contributions to the hip hop genre. Ice T founded the group out of his interest in the heavy metal genre, and took on the role of vocalist for the group, writing the lyrics for most of the group's songs, while the music was written by lead guitarist Ernie C.[4] The group's self-titled debut album was released on Sire Records in 1992. The album's single "Cop Killer" was the subject of much controversy. Although Sire Records' parent company, Warner Bros. Records, defended the single, Ice T chose to remove the track from the album because he had felt that the controversy had eclipsed the music itself.[4][5] The group left Sire the following year. Since then, they have released three further albums on different labels, none of which have been received as commercially or critically well as their debut album. Body Count is a USA rapmetal and hardcore punk band headed by rapper Ice-T, who always refers to it as being a metal band. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1806x1249, 531 KB) The Body Count concert in Prague, August 2006 Author: Mohylek File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Body Count Metadata This file contains additional information... Nickname: Motto: Praga Caput Rei publicae Location within the Czech Republic Coordinates: , Country Czech Republic Region Capital City of Prague Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Pavel Bém Area  - City 496 km²  (191. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... Punk metal (also known as Crossover thrash) is an umbrella term used to describe music that fuses elements of hardcore punk and heavy metal. ... Rapcore is a musical genre that fuses the techniques of hip hop, heavy metal, alternative rock and sometimes funk. ... For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ... Hardcore hip hop is a form of hip hop music that has confrontational, often violent lyrics, and generally sparse, gritty urban beats. ... In music crossover is a term used to describe artists of a certain style or genre whose popularity crosses the considered boundaries of where the music of that style or genre is normally found. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Warner Bros. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known as Ice T or Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer and actor. ... Ernie C is the guitarist of rock-metal group Body Count. ... Lloyd Roberts aka Mooseman was an American musician and the bassist of Body Count. ... This article should appear in one or more categories. ... Dennis Miles (1959–August 17, 2004) aka D-Roc the Executioner (or more commonly just D-Roc) was an American musician who played rhythm guitar for the heavy metal band Body Count. ... “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known as Ice T or Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer and actor. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Ernie C is the guitarist of rock-metal group Body Count. ... Body Count was the eponymous debut album of heavy metal group Body Count. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Cop Killer is a controversial song by a North American Rapmetal and Hardcore punk band Body Count. ... Warner Bros. ...

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History

Tracy Marrow, best known under the stage name Ice T, had long had an interest in heavy metal and other genres of rock music, even before becoming famous as a rapper. He founded Body Count out of this interest. Like Ice T's gangsta rap albums, the group's material focused on various social and political issues, with songs focusing on topics ranging from police brutality to drug abuse. The band made their first album appearance on the 1991 Ice T solo album OG: Original Gangster. The group made their album debut the following year. The original line-up consisted of Ice T on vocals and production, Ernie C on lead guitar and co-production, Mooseman on bass, Beatmaster V on drums and D-Roc on rhythm guitar. Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known as Ice T or Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer and actor. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ... Ernie C is the guitarist of rock-metal group Body Count. ... Lloyd Roberts aka Mooseman was an American musician and the bassist of Body Count. ... This article should appear in one or more categories. ... Dennis Miles (1959–August 17, 2004) aka D-Roc the Executioner (or more commonly just D-Roc) was an American musician who played rhythm guitar for the heavy metal band Body Count. ...


Body Count's self-titled debut album encountered controversy soon after its release mostly surrounding the song "Cop Killer". The song was intended to criticize corrupt police officers, but many took it as an attack against the entire police force.[4][6] According to Ice T, "I thought I was safe. I thought within the world of rock'n'roll, you could be free to write what you want. Hell, I was listening to Talking Heads singin' 'Psycho Killer.' Fuck it, I'll make 'Cop Killer'! But, that was the cross of metal with something that was real. Now we’re not just killing your family, we’re killing somebody so real that everybody just went, 'oh shit.'"[1] Body Count was the eponymous debut album of heavy metal group Body Count. ... Cop Killer is a controversial song by a North American Rapmetal and Hardcore punk band Body Count. ... For the band, see The Police. ... Talking Heads were an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. ... Psycho Killer is the name of a new wave song from the 1977 Talking Heads album Talking Heads: 77. ...


The Dallas Police Association and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas launched a campaign to force Warner Bros. Records to withdraw the album.[7] Within a week, they were joined by police organizations across the United States.[7] Some critics argued that the song could cause crime and violence.[7] Warner Bros. ...


Many defended the song on the basis of the group's right to freedom of speech. In The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck, Ice T wrote that he felt that defenders of the song should not have defended the song based on First Amendment rights.[4] "I didn't need people to come in and really back me on the First Amendment. I needed people to come in and say 'Ice-T has grounds to make this record.' I have the right to make it because the cops are killing my people. So fuck the First Amendment, let's deal with the fact that I have the right to make it."[5] Freedom of speech is the concept of being able to speak freely without censorship. ... The first ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. ...


Over the next month, controversy against the band grew. Vice President Dan Quayle branded "Cop Killer" as being "obscene," and President George H.W. Bush publicly denounced any record company that would release such a product.[7] At a Time-Warner shareholders' meeting, actor Charlton Heston stood and read lyrics from the song "KKK Bitch" to an astonished audience and demanded that the company take action.[7] James Danforth Dan Quayle (born February 4, 1947) was the forty-fourth Vice President of the United States under George H. W. Bush (1989–1993). ... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born... Time Warner Inc. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...


The criticism escalated to the point where death threats were sent to Time-Warner executives, and stockholders threatened to pull out of the company. Finally, Ice T decided to remove "Cop Killer" from the album of his own volition.[4][5][6] In an interview, Ice T stated that "I didn't want my band to get pigeon-holed as that's the only reason that record sold. It just got outta hand and I was just tired of hearing it. I said, 'fuck it,' I mean they're saying we did it for money, and we didn't. I'd gave the record away, ya know, let's move on, let's get back to real issues, not a record but the cops that are out there killing people."[5] "Cop Killer" was replaced by a new version of "Freedom of Speech," a song from Ice T's 1989 solo album The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say. The song was re-edited and remixed to give it a more rock-oriented sound. Ice T left Warner Bros. the following year because of disputes over the Ice T solo album Home Invasion,[4] taking Body Count with him. A shareholder or stockholder is an individual or company (including a corporation), that legally owns one or more shares of stock in a joint stock company. ... 1989s The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech. ... Home invasion is the crime of entering a private and occupied dwelling, with the intent of committing a crime, often while threatening the resident of the dwelling. ...


Despite the controversy, Body Count toured constantly throughout the 1990s in the USA as well as Europe, including festivals such as Lollapalooza.[3] The band released their second album, Born Dead in 1994 on Virgin Records. Although the album's title track became a moderate hit single, the album wasn't very well received by critics and fans. Prior to the recording of Body Count's third album Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997), bassist Mooseman left the group and was replaced by Griz. The album received better reviews than their previous effort, but the sales remained low. Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ... Born Dead was the second album released by Body Count. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...


Drummer Beatmaster V died of leukemia soon after the album was completed[2] and a new drummer named O.T. filled in the position. Bassist Griz left the band later on, and in the meanwhile, former bassist Mooseman was shot in a drive-by shooting in February 2001[2] while working for Iggy Pop. In late 2004, rhythm guitarist D-Roc died due to complications from lymphoma,[2] leaving only Ice T and Ernie C from the original line-up. Ice T has stated that "For me, honestly, after something like that, you can either come to a dead stop or you can go on. [...] It was so emotional. We were in the middle of making a new record together and he goes and dies? It was like, 'damn!' Soon enough, though, everybody was like, 'c'mon c'mon you gotta do it.' It was make-or-break. The key essence of Body Count is it’s a band made up of friends. It’s not about going out and hiring the best drummer or the best guitarist. If we don’t know you, you can’t be in the band."[1] Leukemia or leukaemia (see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ...


In July 2006, Body Count released their fourth album, Murder 4 Hire on the indie record label Escapi Music.[1] Their current line-up includes drummer OT, bassist Vincent Price and rhythm guitarist Bendrix. Body Count plan to continue to play live and record. According to Ernie C, "We will carry on the band. I don't know if it will be Body Count, but in some form, Ice and I will always play together."[2] Murder 4 Hire is the fourth album by Ice-Ts hardcore/thrash band Body Count. ...


Genre

While Body Count's early music has roots in the heavy metal and hardcore punk genres, the group would later be seen as a predecessor of the rapcore genre.[1][2][3] When the band's debut album was released, Ice T defined it as being "a rock album with a rap mentality."[8] Ice T later stated that "When we initially came out, my agenda was not to be a rap/rock band. My agenda was to redefine hardcore metal. If you listen to the first record, I don't rap! I didn't want to go out there and perform with Korn. I wanted to go out with Slayer!"[1] On another occasion, Ice T stated that "What I saw was a direction in music. I was like, 'This will work because rap is rock, and rock is rap.' It's all the same."[2] Rapcore is a musical genre that fuses the techniques of hip hop, heavy metal, alternative rock and sometimes funk. ... This article is about the band. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ...


Discography

Singles and EPs

  • Body Count CD EP (1992)[9]
  • There Goes The Neighborhood CD and Vinyl Single (1992)[10]
  • Born Dead CD Single (1994)[10]
  • Necessary Evil CD Single (1994)[10]

Albums

Body Count was the eponymous debut album of heavy metal group Body Count. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... Born Dead was the second album released by Body Count. ... Murder 4 Hire is the fourth album by Ice-Ts hardcore/thrash band Body Count. ...

Videography

Music Videos

  • The Winner Loses (1992)
  • There Goes The Neighborhood (1992)
  • Body Count's In The House (1992, special live version with footage from the film Universal Soldier and cameos by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren)
  • Hey Joe (1993, although official, it only features previously filmed Body Count/Jimi Hendrix footage)
  • Born Dead (1994)
  • Necessary Evil (1994)
  • Medley: Masters Of Revenge/Killin' Floor/Drive By/Street Lobotomy (1994)
  • I Used To Love Her (1997)
  • Relationships (2006)

The 1992 science fiction film Universal Soldier, directed by Roland Emmerich, stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam but are reanimated in a secret Army project along with a large group of other previously dead soldiers. ... “Van Damme” redirects here. ... Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren, November 3, 1959[1]) is a Swedish actor, director and karateka. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ...

Live DVDs

  • Murder 4 Hire (2004)
  • Live in LA (2005)
  • Smoke Out Festival Presents: Body Count (2005, recorded in 2003)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Body Count. Escapi Music Group. Retrieved on 2007-08-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Devenish, Colin (Aug 19, 2004). Body Count Guitarist Dead. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2007-08-24.
  3. ^ a b c Freydkin, Donna (October 27, 1999). No thaw for rapper Ice T. CNN. Retrieved on 2007-08-24.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Ice T; Sigmund, Heidi (1994). The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck?. Pan Books. ISBN 0330336290. 
  5. ^ a b c d Heck, Mike. A ROC EXCLUSIVE: ICE-T SPEAKS OUT ON CENSORSHIP, COP KILLER, HIS LEAVING WARNER BROS., AND MORE. The Roc. Retrieved on 2007-08-24.
  6. ^ a b Ice T Melts. Time (August 10, 1992). Retrieved on 2007-08-24.
  7. ^ a b c d e Osgerby, Bill (2004). Youth Media. Routledge, pages 68-69. ISBN 0415238080. 
  8. ^ Dellamora, Richard (1995). Postmodern Apocalypse: Theory and Cultural Practice at the End. University of Pennsylvania Press, page 251. ISBN 0812215583. 
  9. ^ ASIN: B000BWRGPY. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-26.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Strong, Martin Charles (2002). The Great Rock Discography, 7th edition, Canongate, page 725. ISBN 1841956155. 

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