Trapt Frontman Claims Body Count’s Ice-T “Bitched Out” When Challenged to a Fight
Update, 2:56 pm EDT: Brown now claims that his original tweet was indicating that Power Trip’s Riley Gale, and not Body Count’s Ice-T, “bitched out” on a bare knuckled boxing match for charity.
To review, the exact quote from Brown’s original tweet was:
“Ice T at it again! He knows who we are! He knows that I told Riley from @powertriptx… charity boxing match… No gloves and he bitched out!”
The reference to Ice-T, followed immediately by three uses of the word “he” without any proper nouns, makes this quote very confusing. Why did he even bring Riley Gale into this conversation? We’re not sure.
In any case, fine. We eat Cup O’ Noodles every day. Take us for every penny we’re worth. XOXO, The Proud Bernie Bitch Liberals.
Original story follows:
Trapt frontman Chris Taylor Brown seems to have two goals in life: to actually receive praise from Donald Trump, and to have his ass handed to him by Ice-T.
As you likely recall, Brown is now enemies with anyone who is anyone as a result of seemingly suffering a xenophobic, pro-Trump nervous breakdown on Twitter. In addition to members of Trivium, Power Trip, Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain, Born of Osiris, Attila, Chelsea Grin, I Prevail, and a cadre of other bands, Brown most recently ran afoul of the Body Count frontman while trying to diss Sumerian Records and that label’s entire roster… which is kinda funny, because Body Count haven’t released an album on Sumerian in six years (they’re currently signed to Century Media).
Basically, Brown asserted that Trapt “are bigger [than Body Count] right now” because they have higher streaming numbers on Spotify and Pandora (Brown seems to think this is the only way to determine a band’s popularity). This lead Body Count vocalist Ice-T to warn Brown, “Keep talkin. We’ll bump into each other one day.” Then, Brown — who has been gloating about his fans being bullies, and has threatened physical violence against Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen — suddenly found his inner Gandhi:
Still, it seems Brown was likely scared shitless by the prospect of “bumping into” Ice-T someday, because he abruptly declared that he was gonna stop the online beefin’ and get back to the topic at hand… specifically, politics:
It took less than 24 hours for Brown to once again “let his emotions get the best of him,” though, responding to a troll by once again showing his true colors, actively asserting that he gives zero fucks about art:
Brown could have said “No, I have to make music,” but no, he went directly to money. This is in keeping with his earlier assertions that he doesn’t even really believe any of the shit he’s shoveling, and is just being a brat on social media to get attention for his band… a point Brown reiterated while once again pulling Ice-T into the conversation just a few hours later:
At which point Ice-T offered some sage advice:
Brown, like so many conservatives, then tried to demonstrate that he is not a sensitive snowflake by behaving like a sensitive snowflake:
Remember, Brown is the guy who claimed that the entire metalcore scene has been bullying him after happily asserting that his fans are all bullies. Princeton, OH, where Brown is located, is more than 600 miles from the MetalSucks Mansion in Brooklyn, and we can still smell the bullshit all the way over here.
ANYWAY, that lead to this comeback from Ice-T…
…which, in turn, lead to Brown asserting that he had challenged Ice-T to a bare knuckled “charity boxing match,” and that Ice-T “bitched out.”
Ice-T has not yet responded to Brown’s latest accusation. I don’t know if he will or not (and I’m not sure why the hell Power Trip frontman Riley Gale is meant to be a go-between for Brown and Ice-T), but either way, there’s really nothing in it for him to actually fight Brown. To a degree, Brown is, of course, correct — all any of this is really doing is giving Trapt more media attention than they’ve gotten in eighteen years.
Having said that…
It’s clear what Brown really cares about is material success. To that end, I thought these stats were worth pointing out:
Ice-T’s net worth is reportedly $60 million.
Chris Taylor Brown’s net worth is reportedly somewhere between $1 and $5 million.
Ice-T has 1.4 million followers on Twitter.
Trapt have 24.6K followers on Twitter.
Body Count have 13,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Trapt have declined to share how many subscribers they have on YouTube.
Body Count’s last two videos on YouTube have a combined 1.2 million views.
Trapt’s last two videos on YouTube have a combined 391,000 views.
Body Count’s last individual video to break a million views on YouTube was “This is Why We Ride,” released in October of 2017.
Trapt’s last individual video to break a million views on YouTube was “Living in the Eye of the Storm,” released in February of 2013.
The last time the two bands were on tour simultaneously was in the winter of 2019.
On January 26 of that year, Body Count performed at The City National Grove of Anaheim, which has a capacity of 1,700 people.
On February 2 of that year, Trapt performed at the Whisky a Go Go, which has a capacity of 500 people.
Body Count’s last performance before the coronavirus shutdown took effect was at RheinRiot 2019, which took place at the Palladium Köln, which has a capacity of up to 4,000 people.
Trapt’s last performance before the coronavirus shutdown took effect was at Rockford, IL’s District Bar and Grill, which is a bar and grill.
Trapt’s last album, DNA, came out in 2016. It sold 4,500 copies in its first week of release, and peaked at #148 on the US Billboard 200.
Less than a year later, Body Count released Bloodlust. It sold 4,600+ copies in its first week of release, and peaked at #147 on the US Billboard 200. (Alas, I can’t find sales figures for the band’s latest album, Carnivore, which came out in March.)
See a trend here?
So yeah. Take the Spotify and Pandora numbers and blow them out your ass.
[via Metal Injection]