† 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)
Body Count is a crossover thrash 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".
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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.