Notorious West Coast rap metal crossover band BODY COUNT (at one point the most controversial act in music) have finally been recognized for their achievements in trolling cops, uniting Slayer appreciation with hardcore rap and scaring the crap out of parents everywhere. Actually, the rallying cry song “Bum-Rush” that Ice-T, Ernie C. and the boys won for is even more nuanced and talks about wealth accumulation by people that want to bring all the lower class people down (a theme that was also a big part of “No Lives Matter”).
As someone who wears a Body Count hat pretty often and who had Ice’s Rolling Stone cover where he was a cop on my wall as a kid, this is rad to see. The band paid respect to Riley and Power Trip who were also nominated, but in the end Body Count got the award and also won out over Code Orange, Poppy and In This Moment.
It was cool to see Fiona Apple win despite saying she would smash her Grammy’s with a sledgehammer and of course this Body Count win as well. Both actually stand for what they believe in and aren’t performative like Phoebe Bridgers (who I am very glad lost all her nominations as she acts woke but is on a very problematic label conglomerate Secretly Group and seemingly ignores it for personal industry access as well as how she has blocked survivors who critique her label and how her BFF Haley from Sloppy Jane threatened Globelamp for outing a Burger Records producer for sexual harassment). The Academy also nominated some wack “Tyson Trax” aka Dr Luke bullshit this year in a huge slap in the face for Ke$ha, who they pretended to care about a few years ago.
Yes, I know Body Count are not exactly a feminist band – but they certainly are way more authentic than some of the other artists up there. “Black Hoodie” should’ve won in the past, so this is another example of the Grammy’s playing catch up. Shit, “There Goes The Neighborhood” is one of the ballsiest and most iconic songs ever! Can we get a retroactive Grammy for that shit as well?!! It is still very cool to see. Pick up Carnivore today. Along with the powerful Lil Baby performance, this was a step in the right direction.
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 14, 2021
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— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 15, 2021