Posted in music | tour dates on May 14, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Body Count

The "legendary" Body Count, Ice-T's rap metal group known primarily for upsetting old white men in the early '90s, are releasing a new record. Titled Manslaughter, the LP will hit the streets on June 10 and will surely continue mining the same thought-provoking material as previous treatises like "Evil Dick," a song about Ice-T's evil dick. To ring in the event, Body Count will be playing a record release show in New York City The Gramercy Theatre on June 12. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/16), we promise the NSA isn't tracking your click.) Madball, the legendary NYHC outfit that can rightfully proceed their name with 'legendary,' will open the show, as will Wisdom in Chains. Apologies to most of you for burying the lede: There is a Madball show.

UPDATE (5/15): Tickets are now on Noisey presale (password: MUSICISDOPE).

Body Count's career has been interesting, not so much for their musical contributions (HI, THERE IS A SONG NAMED "EVIL DICK"), but for the controversy they've inspired. "Cop Killer" is their claim to fame, a police protest song that landed the outfit in a heap of trouble, earning condemnations from various police organizations, George Bush and Dan Quayle, the PRMC, and even Charlton Heston, who held the lyrics in his cold dead hands and read them aloud during a Time-Warner shareholders meeting. The track was subsequently pulled from Body Count's '92 eponymous debut, partly in reaction to the LA Riots that exploded following the acquittal of officers involved in the Rodney King beating. Millennials, I'll wait while you Wikipedia all of this.

Granted, the music doesn't hold up and most of the contemporary news blurbs and reviews read like a '90s version of the gas leak year. (For instance, Ice-T was accused of "selling out," which doesn't really read as inflammatory unless you remember when Ice-T was kind of awesome.) But. . .the project has a certain charm in the time capsule sense, along with the reams of oddball bar trivia tied to it. (Black Sabbath - Forbidden: Ice-T appears on the album, Body Count guitarist Ernie C. produced it. Yes, that Black Sabbath.) Not to mention, Ice-T's acting career (if they segue songs with the Law & Order drop, worth every penny) and reality show antics means this one-off show could be, well, kind of fun. At the very least, if you're an owner of the original Body Count CD†that's still bedecked in foot-long cardboard (this was a thing), now might be the time to sell.

Samples of Body Count's work and a couple golden oldies from Ice-T appear below.

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Comments (36)

legendary in his own mind, this shit has always sucked

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 6:39 PM

What's up with BV and their editors trying to be funny?

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 7:00 PM

6:39 - old white man

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 7:06 PM

7:06 was born in 1994

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 7:08 PM

^ this.

Also, "...will surely continue mining the same thought-provoking material as previous treatises like 'Evil Dick' " had me lolling in the aisles.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 7:58 PM

Has he stopped being a fucking loser? As an NRA pet, he doesn't care about keeping victims of gun violence alive.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 8:22 PM

LOVING this track Give me Life!: http://youtu.be/mZpx6mbxI10

Posted by Brezzy | May 14, 2014 8:23 PM

Cop Killer actually holds up. I remember hiding this tape from my parents when I was in the 7th grade.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 8:59 PM

This is so oddly written. I get there trying to joke around, but Madball are legit legends compared to Body Count, who love or hate caused waves when they came out that had them effecting even censorship in general?

I really do like Body Count, but even if I weren't for as many bands that get covered by this site, not even that stupid Pizza/Velvet Revolver Band got shit on this much

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 9:17 PM

Dear 6:39,

Your comment of, "legendary in his own mind, this shit has always sucked" is rife with grammar errors. Friend, please take note that you just decided to go HAM with the comma splice. And around here, these BV parts, we all know that's Mos Def a NO. You should have used a semicolon. Next time, friend. Next. Time.

And Mr./Ms. 7:58, please don't feel you're getting off this correction train just yet. "I have always claimed to honestly & genuinely like this band but in reality my fondness is completely ironic in nature." What the hell is that run-on jumble of words? I applaud the use of an ampersand, I really do, but it's fairly awkward that context. You also missed the comma after "band" and after "reality", as you have some prep phrase action going on there.

Oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 9:42 PM

Unneccessary post.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 9:55 PM

Somebody get D. in here!

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 10:23 PM

I think Ice-T would probably like Grimes a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 11:14 PM

10:44, you get an A+. Nice goin', sweetheart. ox

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 11:46 PM

I'm a HUMMUS KILLER.

Murdering them chickpeas a minimum of three times per week!!!

Posted by The man with the robust mustache | May 14, 2014 11:55 PM

Isn't this the dude from Law and Order?

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 12:17 AM

I like the D

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 12:20 AM

Ice-T is definitely a legend when it comes to Gangsta Rap. When Body Count came out I thought he was just as good with Rock/Metal. I don't know if you can call him a legend in the Rock world but fact is he juggled both rap/rock for many years and did really well with it. PS Evil Dick is hilarious song. Anyone who doesn't like it probably has a Sad Dick :( lol

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 1:09 AM

I always liked Body Count, but I felt like Ernie C should have started a side thrash project of some sort

Posted by TJN | May 15, 2014 1:14 AM

All jokes aside, Ice-T would make a MUCH better president then Obummer.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 5:30 AM

Are you guys fucking kidding? Body Count is a fucking killer album except for maybe the drum solos during 'body count.' Body Count, KKK Bitch, Cop Killer. Fucking epic songs.

Posted by Scooter the hated | May 15, 2014 7:02 AM

Wasn't Tipper Gore involved too?

I got my black gloves on.
I got my ski mask on.
This shit's been too long.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 9:08 AM

crackers love the cops. everyone here is a phony.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 9:36 AM

Silly scarves... Body Count is fun shit, not meant to be taken too seriously (well, maybe Cop Killer, at the time).

All you loser scarves are trying too hard to be funny.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 10:01 AM

Left wing progressive types are the worst l

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 10:17 AM

Buckeye Shrimper is a Body Count fan. Who knew?

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 10:54 AM

Lol I'm a "millennial" and I'm from l.a., I remember the riots you snide little shit. Why do older people presume we don't know anything that happened before we were born when it's probably more likely we do than ever given the variety of resources and prevalence of information these days we can consult

Posted by Paige | May 15, 2014 11:24 AM

COCO

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 11:35 AM

Paging BV grammar cop. 11:24 is an egregious offender.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 11:42 AM

^ no - that;s how peoples talk in LA.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 11:50 AM

9:42

Eatabagadicks knowhamean?

#bigboytalk

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 12:34 PM

Schooly D > Ice T

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 1:20 PM

Dear 9:42,
The term you should have used in correcting @6:39 is "grammatical errors" not "grammar errors". You also left out the word "in" during your ridiculous diatribe against @7:58. You are a moron. Good luck to you in your blog correction career, you fucking amateur.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 3:16 PM

haha 9:42 is a fucking idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 4:03 PM

I like Body Count's debut cd. I'll pass on the other stuff including their new album.
Putting out a followup album was ok, but they should've ended there.

As for Madball, legends my ass. They sucked, suck, and always will suck. They, Merauder, Dmize!, and Crown Of Thornz brought the gang mentality into hardcore, namely NYHC.

Most Madball fans would say their first two full-length albums Set It Off and Demonstrating My Style released in 1994 and 1996 respectively are the best. If that's the case how are they a "legendary" band when their best shit came out 18-20 years ago?!! How can they be "legendary" when they have put out five full-length albums (as well as their upcoming album) plus two EPs after those two releases which were/are not as good as those two releases?

They're the newest version of Agnostic Front: another oldass NYHC band who doesn't know when to hang it up. Madball, Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Murphy's Law, Cro-Mags, and Sheer Terror need to call it a day.

Posted by D | June 5, 2014 12:27 AM

Hey Madball you minus Roger Miret equals zero.

Seriously, when AF broke up and you became a real band after being the biggest joke of NYHC 1988-92, NYHC turned wack.

Too bad you didn't stay broken up (as you broke up in 2001.)

Posted by D | June 5, 2014 11:46 PM

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