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Body Count

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For the number of people killed in an event, see body count

Body Count is a "crossover" heavy metal band, 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, Mooseman, Beatmaster V and D-Roc. Their album attacked, in graphic terms, various aspects of racism and criminality in South Central 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. Ice T left the company soon after. The independent label Priority Records released Body Count's follow-up, Born Dead. Sales were slow, and Mooseman left the group. Violent Demise: Last Days (1997) received better reviews than ever before, but sales were still low. Mooseman was shot in a drive-by in winter 2000 while working for Iggy Pop.

Discography

  • 1992 Body Count
  • 1994 Born Dead
  • 1997 Violent Demise: The Last Days

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