The music has a headbanging rhythm that lays the perfect groundwork for this vocal attack. This is dirty street metal and it’s highly contagious.

During the ‘80s, the explosion of rap and metal seemed to occur simultaneously. First, it was Aerosmith and RUN-DMC with “Walk This Way”. Then I gave this kid I worked with a cassette copy of Testament’s The New Order. In exchange I received Ice-T’s The Power. On my way home that night, I was hooked.

For a period, I followed gangster rap as fervently as thrash metal. I jumped onto groups like The Geto Boys, NWA and Cypress Hill. I never looked at this as black or white music. This was accepting the extreme no matter the genre. Rule one of being a headbanger is representing the underground. A level playing field where race and gender are irrelevant.

Ice-T has been exploiting this knowledge for years with the metal band Body Count. The group has been active since 1990, churning out six studio albums in it’s wake. The latest is Bloodlust and it’s due out later this month via Century Media Records.

In support of Bloodlust is a visual release entitled “Black Hoodie”. The video opens with a guy seemingly running from police. He’s shot in the back and this narrative quickly morphs into a performance style effort. This is a political attack, taking a stance against police brutality. Ice-T cleverly reminds us that this is something he’s been vocally criticizing for over 20 years!

The images of people walking around in black hoodies is more than effective. The solemn anger on their faces does more than just get this point across, it makes it memorable. I appreciate how the video ends with a close up of the motionless corpse then fades to black. The message of finality is received loud and clear.

The music has a headbanging rhythm that lays the perfect groundwork for this vocal attack. This is dirty street metal and it’s highly contagious.

I truly appreciate the contradictions in Ice-T’s career. He plays a cop on television then bashes them as a musician. Whether you love him or hate him, you’ve got to respect what he’s done. Check out Ice-T’s latest “Black Hoodie” and if the cops approach you, don’t run. \m/

Body Count are:

  • Ill Will – Drums
  • Juan of the Dead – Guitars
  • Vincent Price – Bass
  • Ernie C – Guitars
  • Ice T– Vocals
  • Sean E Sean – Samples
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