Body Count: "Cop Killer" to Manslaughter

Manslaughter will put Ice-T's group back on the metal map.

As expected, and in his trademark clever, foul and biting way, on Manslaughter, Ice-T criticizes the pop culture he's part of, ranting about Oprah's dating life, email passwords, and vegans. Socio-"political lyrics are about poverty ("Enter the Dark Side"), the military (the surprisingly tender anthem "I Will Always Love You"), and a friend's addiction ("Back to Rehab"); in true hip-hop tradition, he pays homage and refers back, covering and updating the Suicidal Tendencies classic "Institutionalized" and a hit from Beyoncé's husband, "99 Problems."

"It's kinda like a sucker punch, to get people asking, 'Why is Ice-T making Jay Z's record?'" Ice-T says. "Then somebody can come along and smack the shit out of them. It's a booby trap on the album." To wit: "99 Problems" appeared on Jay-Z's 2004 The Black Album, but the song's chorus hook is taken from "99 Problems" from Ice-T's 1993 Home Invasion album. "Now it allows me to play '99 Problems' in a Body Count concert," Ice-T notes.

It's the rare savvy artist who manages equal success across artistic platforms, and with a little luck, Manslaughter will put Body Count back on the metal map. Ice-T ruminates on his time in the spotlight. "With a movie, you're gonna get paid whether it sucks or not. TV is more stable. But there's nothing I've done that can compare to being on stage or being a rock star. It's better than being the fucking president," he raves. "You stand on that stage, and when you get 10 or 20,000 people there and you can hear a pin drop, and you go, 'I want a glass of water,' and you hear everybody go 'Yeah!' It's so raw. It's the shit.

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The Gramercy Theatre

127 E. 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Gramercy Park

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Body Count perform with Madball and Wisdom in Chains at the Gramercy Theatre on Thursday, June 12.

The Gramercy Theatre
127 E 23rd Street
(212) 614-6932
thegramercytheatre.com

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"It would be wonderful for Body Count to get back to the top of the game," he laughs, "so people would have to deal with me again."

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