Born Dead

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Born Dead
Born Dead.jpg
Studio album by Body Count
Released September 6, 1994
Genre Rap metal,[1] heavy metal[2]
Length 47:16
Label Virgin
Producer Ernie-C, Ice-T
Body Count chronology
Body Count
(1992)Body Count1992
Born Dead
Violent Demise: The Last Days
(1997)Violent Demise: The Last Days1997
Singles from Born Dead
  1. "Hey Joe"
    Released: 1993[3]
  2. "Born Dead"
    Released: 1994[4]
  3. "Necessary Evil"
    Released: 1994[5]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
NME 7/10 stars[7]
Robert Christgau (neither)[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]
Q 3/5 stars[10]

Born Dead is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Body Count. The album was released on September 6, 1994. Among other tracks, the album features a cover of Billy Roberts' "Hey Joe," performed in the style of Jimi Hendrix' recording of the song, as originally featured on the Are You Experienced album. Body Count's cover of the song was first featured on the Hendrix tribute album Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. In the liner notes, Ice-T dedicates the album "to all the people of color throughout the entire world: Asian, Latino, Native American, Hawaiian, Italian, Indian, Persian, African, Aborigina,l and any other nationality that white supremacists would love to see born dead."[11] Born Dead peaked at #74 on the Billboard 200.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Body M/F Count" (Ice-T, Ernie-C) 2:14
2. "Master Of Revenge" (Ice-T, D-Roc) 5:20
3. "Killin' Floor" (Ice-T, D-Roc) 2:21
4. "Necessary Evil" (Mooseman) 3:59
5. "Drive By" (Ice-T, Mooseman) 1:26
6. "Last Breath" (Ice-T, Ernie-C) 5:18
7. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) 4:28
8. "Shallow Graves" (Ice-T, Ernie-C, D-Roc) 4:12
9. "Surviving The Game" (Ice-T, Ernie-C, Mooseman) 5:41
10. "Who Are You" (Ice-T, Ernie-C) 3:48
11. "Street Lobotomy" (Ice-T, D-Roc) 2:24
12. "Born Dead" (Ice-T, Ernie-C, D-Roc, Mooseman) 5:59
Total length: 47:16



  1. ^ Metcalf, Metcalf. Turner, Will, ed. Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production. Ashgate Publishing Company. p. 109. Moreover, the band's second album, 'Born Dead,' released on Virgin Records in September 1994, peaked at a lowly 74. Upon its release, the Los Angeles Times remarked that 'it's time to pull the plug on this genre [of rap-metal]. The novelty has worn off.' 
  2. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Born Dead - Body Count | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Body Count Hey Joe (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Body Count Born Dead (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Body Count Necessary Evil". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Review of Born Dead". Entertainment Weekly. September 23, 1994. 
  7. ^ "Review of Born Dead". New Musical Express. September 3, 1994. 
  8. ^ "CG: Artist 2562". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  9. ^ "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard - Google Books". Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  10. ^ "Review of Born Dead". Q Magazine. October 1, 1994. 
  11. ^ Body Count (1994). Born Dead. Liner notes. Virgin Records. UPC 724383980222
  12. ^ "Charts and Awards for Born Dead". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-03.