† D-Roc deceased - died due to complications from lymphoma† Mooseman deceased - was shot in drive-by shooting† Beatmaster V deceased - died of leukemiafounder members:Ice-T (vocals)Ernie C. (lead guitars)† D-Roc (rhythm guitars)† Mooseman (bass)† Beatmaster V (drums)since "Violent Demise":Ice-T (vocals)Ernie C. (lead guitars)† D-Roc (rhythm guitars)Griz (bass)† Beatmaster V (drums)since "Murder 4 Hire":Ice-T (vocals)Ernie C. (lead guitars)Bendrix (rhythm guitars)Vincent Price (bass)OT (drums)
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.
Murder 4 Hire: Will Kill For Money is Body Count's follow-up record. It was realeased August 1, 2006.
On August 3, 2006, "You Don't Know Me (Pain)" was performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The lyrics were slightly modified to mention the host of the show, Conan O'Brien, after he had jokingly requested that Ice-T include a "shout-out" to him in one of his songs.
Body Count is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1990. The group was founded by Ice-T, best known for his contributions to the hip hop genre. Ice-T founded the group out of his interest in heavy metal, 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. The group's self-titled debut album was released on Sire Records in 1992.
The song "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 felt that the controversy had eclipsed the music itself. 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.