Body Count Smoke Out Live on Limited Edition 180g Import LP
Driven by the same iconoclastic, antiauthoritarian and pimp-turned-poet mentality that made Ice-T a gangster rap pioneer, a platinum artist from the streets and a household name in film and television before “rapper/actor” was a commonly used term, Body Count flipped the script with the same tenacity when they bum rushed heavy metal.
Body Count built a huge buzz on the inaugural run of the legendary Lollapalooza tour in 1991 - alongside Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour and the Violent Femmes - issuing their self-titled debut album in 1992 which was home to the well received single "There Goes the Neighborhood" and the controversial "Cop Killer" which was called out by the President of the United States and sparked a huge boycott against Warner Bros.
From the punk bite of their gold debut through the metallic triumph of Born Dead (1994), Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997) and Murder 4 Hire (2006), Body Count stands as the group that dropped hip-hop attitude into heavy metal and hard rock music before Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead, despite nary an ounce of rapping over their mosh-pit inducing songs. Body Count is a full on metal band, fronted by a legendary rapper who drops knowledge, violent stories and verbal middle fingers, with a bellowing growl descended from some of punk rock’s most pissed off screamers.
2005's Smoke Out Live album is something of a trip down nostalgia lane. Nostalgia? For a group whose best songs were "KKK Bitch" and "There Goes the Neighborhood?" Absolutely. This live performance is a warts 'n all deal. Body Count's appeal to hip hop fans and metal fans alike has two things going for it: Ernie C is a powerful guitarist and all around music pioneer Ice-T's heavy handed hardcore rap style lends itself well to crunchy beats and high octane drumming.
Body Count Smoke Out Live Track Listing:
1. Body Count's in the House
2. Body M/ F Count
3. Masters of Revenge
4. Killin' Floor
5. Bowels of the Devil
6. KKK Bitch
7. Drive By
8. End Game
9. There Goes the Neighborhood
10. Cop Killer