Los Angeles-based thrash metal outfit BODY COUNT are excited to announce their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance with their controversial yet inspirational single, “Black Hoodie“, taken from their sixth full-length album, “Bloodlust“, out now via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. I reviewed this album and you can read it here. The 60th Grammy Awards show will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018.
“Got on a black hoodie, it’s pulled on my head,
I didn’t have a gun, so why am I dead?
You didn’t have to shoot me, and that’s a known fact
And now I’m laying face down with bullets in my back”
Having been no strangers to tackling controversial current issues, as proven by the mass cultural movement erupted from their infamous 1992 single, “Cop Killer”, BODY COUNT continues to give a voice to the narrative surrounding police shootings as the single’s lyrics and music video echoes the tragic reality of too many inner city youth.
“This is how it happened
Out late night, just chilling with my clique
No one had a gun, everyone’s legit
One of my boyz is drunk, I’m talking tore back
He can barely talk off the cognac
Then the cops roll up; I don’t know why he ran?
Maybe traffic warrants I still don’t understand
That motherf**ker’s crazy, the homies laugh
He mighta got a block and then we heard shots!”
With a stirring music video directed by Treach from Naughty By Nature, Ice-T‘s chilling narrative on “Black Hoodie” is further solidified with a refrain from the KRS-One 1993 hit, “Sound of Da Police”, taken from KRS-One’s debut solo LP, “Return of the Boom Bap”. Ice-T states: “This type of thing happens everyday and nobody marches or it never makes the news. The (music) video speaks for itself.”
Ice-T and BODY COUNT have perfected their mix of thrash, punk and bottom heavy doom since their start in 1992. They embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer. This is abrasive, in-your-face heavy metal at its very finest.