Body Count’s Ice-T and Ernie C look back on the making of – and reaction to – their incendiary 1992 debut album

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30 years ago, in April 1992, Los Angeles was a powder keg. Tensions between minority communities and law enforcement had reached critical mass as the city, and nation, waited for the verdict of the highly publicized trial of four LAPD officers charged with using excessive force during their arrest of African American motorist Rodney King.

The violent incident – during which police repeatedly beat King with batons after pulling him over for speeding and evading arrest – was, unfortunately, a familiar reality for many citizens within Los Angeles’ Black and minority neighborhoods. 

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Brad Angle

Brad is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and video producer. He is the former content director of Revolver magazine and executive editor of Guitar World. His work has appeared in Vice, Guitar Aficionado, Inked and more. He’s also a die-hard Les Paul player who wishes he never sold his 1987 Marshall Silver Jubilee half stack.