Body Count is the eponymous debut album of American heavy metal band Body Count. Released on March 31, 1992, the album’s material focuses on various social and political issues ranging from police brutality to drug abuse. The album presents a turning point in the career of Ice-T, who co-wrote the album’s songs with lead guitarist Ernie C and performed as the band’s lead singer. Previously known only as a rapper, Ice-T’s work with the band helped establish a crossover audience with rock music fans. The album produced one single, “There Goes the Neighborhood”.

Body Count is well known for the inclusion of the controversial song “Cop Killer”, which was the subject of much criticism from various political figures, although many defended the song on the basis of the group’s right to freedom of speech. Ice-T eventually chose to remove the song from the album, although it continues to be performed live. It was voted the 31st best album of the year in The Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop critics poll, and is believed to have helped pave the way for the mainstream success of the rap metal genre. Source: Wiki

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