Body Count

Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 10

Body CountParc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 10
Photo: Benoit Turcotte
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Body Count frontman Ice-T (yes, that Ice-T) jokingly expressed surprise that the Canadian border "keep letting my black ass across the border." Or was it a joke? Remember, this is the same band that came under fire for the inclusion of a song called "Cop Killer" on their self-titled debut. The group exuded a thug attitude, perhaps in an attempt to avoid embodying what Ice-T called "the pussification" of men — the subject of their latest album's title track, "Manslaughter."

Still, if anyone thought this whole rapper fronting a metal band thing was a gimmick or attempt to capitalize on another market, keep in mind that these original gangsters have been doing this since the beginning of the 1990s, predating even nu-metal. A solid grasp on aggressive music didn't stop with their own hits ("Bowels of the Devil," "There Goes the Neighborhood" and "Talk Shit, Get Shot"), but also a tribute paid to the Exploited in "Disorder," Ice-T's 1993 collaboration with Slayer. It's just a shame the angels of death didn't join them on stage.
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