[[caption-width-right:350:On With The Body Count]]

->''"This next record is dedicated to some personal friends of mine -- the L.A.P.D. For every cop that has ever taken advantage of somebody, beat 'em down or hurt 'em, 'cause they had long hair, listened to the wrong kind of music, wrong color, whatever they thought was the reason to do it - for every one of those fuckin' police, I'd like to take a pig out here in this parking lot and shoot 'em in their motherfuckin' face."''
-->-- Introduction to "Cop Killer"

Body Count is an American HardcorePunk and ThrashMetal band formed in Los Angeles in 1990. The group was founded by rapper Music/IceT. Ice founded the group out of his interest in heavy metal, and took on the role of vocalist, writing the lyrics for most of the group's songs, while the music was written by his high school friend, lead guitarist Ernie C. Three other classmates (rhythm guitarist D-Roc, also one of Ernie's guitar students; bassist Mooseman; and drummer Beatmaster V) rounded out the band, and after debuting on the song "Body Count" from Ice's 1991 album ''O.G. Original Gangster'', their self-titled debut album was released on Creator/SireRecords in 1992.

The song "Cop Killer" was the subject of much controversy. Although Sire Records' parent company, Creator/WarnerBrosRecords, defended the single, Ice 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.

After a partial hiatus (partially caused by the deaths of D-Roc, Mooseman, and Beatmaster V) that saw the group only release one album in seventeen years, in 2012 Body Count signed with Sumerian Records and released their fifth album ''Manslaughter'' in June 2014. After the ''Manslaughter'' tour ended, they signed with Century Media for their sixth album ''Bloodlust'', which was released in March 2017.

* ''Music/BodyCountAlbum'' (1992)
* ''Born Dead'' (1994)
* ''Violent Demise: The Last Days'' (1997)
* ''Murder 4 Hire'' (2006)
* ''Manslaughter'' (2014)
* ''Bloodlust'' (2017)

''Current lineup:''
* Music/IceT: lead vocals
* Ernie C.: lead guitar
* Sean E. Sean: sampler, backing vocals
* Vincent Price: bass
* Ill Will: drums
* Juan of The Dead[[note]]Not to be confused with the [[Film/JuanOfTheDead Cuban Zombie film]][[/note]]: rhythm guitar
* Tracy Marrow Jr. a.k.a. Little Ice: backing vocals
!!This group and its works are related to the following tropes:

* AntiPoliceSong: Guess...
* CarefulWithThatAxe: ''"But you see, I live in South Central Los Angeles, and unfortunately''...'''''SHIT AIN'T LIKE THAT!"'''''
* ClusterFBomb
* ControversyProofImage: The backlash against the song "Cop Killer" didn't hurt Body Count. In a [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity subversion]], the album actually went Gold because of the controversy. Although they continued to release albums, none of them have had as much mainstream success as their debut.
* CoverVersion: "Hey Joe", done [[CoveredUp in the style of]] Music/JimiHendrix' version of the song. Appeared on a Hendrix tribute album and Body Count's ''Born Dead'' album. They also covered Music/{{Slayer}}'s "Raining Blood" on a Periscope broadcast while recording the "Bloodlust" album, and it was so well-receieved that they put it on the record, combined with "Postmortem". They also did a cover of Music/SuicidalTendencies's "Institutionalized" that updates the song to the point of view of a grown and somewhat angry man who faces situations that cause him to rage.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Entire concept of "KKK Bitch":
--> ''She said "I love you, but my daddy don't play, he's the fuckin' Grand Wizard of the KKK'
* DeathRow: "Dead Man Walking"
* DrugsAreBad: "The Winner Loses," where Ice-T's friend is a cocaine addict who robs people for money and ultimately [=ODs=]
* FilkSong: "Gears Of War", based on the [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar series of games]] of the same name.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Ice-T
** TheLancer: Vincent Price
** TheSmartGuy: Ernie C
** TheBigGuy: Ill Will
** TheHeart: Sean E Sean
** TheSixthRanger: Juan of the Dead
* ForGreatJustice: The song "Born Dead" states that BC stands for "truth, justice and '''FUCK THE AMERICAN WAY'''".
* HollywoodVoodoo: The song "Voodoo".
* HumansAreBastards: The general theme of their album ''Bloodlust''.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "C Note" and "Mr. C's Theme"
* IntercourseWithYou: "Bring It To Pain", "KKK Bitch," "Evil Dick", "Black Voodoo Sex".
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Ice has admitted people tried to dissaude him from forming the band, but he ignored them and debuted Body Count on the first Lollapalooza tour, not telling anyone what he was going to do. Every show, he did half an hour of Ice T, then half an hour of Body Count, which started the band's buzz.
* KentBrockmanNews: "Now Sports":
-->"This weekend, seventeen youths killed in gang homicides\\
Now sports"
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: An 8 or so most of the time
* MuggingTheMonster: In "Momma's Gotta Die Tonight", about a teenager murdering his racist mother, and "Cop Killer", about murdering crooked, racist police.
* NewSoundAlbum: Their debut was mostly HardcorePunk, ''Born Dead'' was mostly ThrashMetal, and ''Violent Demise'' was mostly HeavyMetal. ''Murder 4 Hire'' returned to the band's thrash/hardcore roots. ''Manslaughter'', meanwhile, features many modern metal elements such as groove metal/metalcore breakdowns and even subtle djent influences, as well as more prominent rapped vocals (prior albums had maybe one or two songs with rapping, and their debut and ''Born Dead'' had none at all, while ''Manslaughter'' features rapping on 4 songs). ''Bloodlust'', on the other hand, features their heaviest material to date as well even more frequent rapping than its predecessor, featuring rapping on the majority of tracks.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Fuck the police! Fuck the police!" Also doubles as a ShoutOut to the similarly titled song from Music/{{NWA}}.
* PoliceBrutality: "Cop Killer" is about this. "No Lives Matter" and "Black Hoodie" from ''Bloodlust'' also qualify.
* PowerBallad: "The Winner Loses"
* {{Prison}}: "Bowels of the Devil"
* RapMetal: They are often called this, just because of who the lead singer is, but they really aren't. Some of their songs ("Invincible Gangsta", "Talk Shit, Get Shot", and "My Way" for example) do feature rapping, but most of them don't. Ice opts more for thrash-style chanting and occasional singing most of the time. Their lyrics and image are pure hip-hop in style, though.
* SpoofAesop: From "KKK Bitch":
-->"So what we really tryin' to say is Body Count loves everybody.\\
We love Mexican girls, Black girls, Oriental girls,\\
It really don't matter. If you from Mars, and you got a pussy,\\
We will fuck you. You know, that's all we're sayin', word."
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The main character in "Momma's Gotta Die Tonight" sets his mother on fire, beats her to death with a Louisville slugger, chops up her body, and spreads the parts across the country.