"When we initially came out, my agenda was not to be a rap/rock band. My agenda was to redefine hardcore metal. If you listen to the first record, I don't rap! I didn't want to go out there and perform with Korn. I wanted to go out with Slayer."
Interviewer: "Ice, explain Body Count."
Ice-T: "Body Count is a band I put together just to let one of my best friends, Ernie C., play his guitar. He's always been playing guitar, we all went to Crenshaw High School together in South Central Los Angeles, and I had the idea: let's make a metal band, let's make a rock band, 'cause I had been to Europe, and I noticed that the kids would mosh off of hip-hop. So we put the band together, and I used the three bands that were my favorites at the time to set the tone. We used the impending doom of a group like Black Sabbath, who pretty much invented metal; the punk sensibility of somebody like Suicidal, who basically put that gangbanger style from Venice, California into the game; and the speed and the precision of Slayer, one of my favorite groups, and always will be."