Halloween has arrived, and its time to break out the spooky sounds once more. Fake spider webs, fog machines, and the right props can make a trick-or-treater think twice before mustering up the courage to come to your door.
Or, if you're one of those people who has a haunted maze to run or a party to attend, the right soundtrack can send that extra chill down a person's spine.
While hip-hop may not one of first places people turn to for Halloween-themed music, here's a list of five haunting rap songs that are guaranteed to wake the dead and bring the dread.
1. Gravediggaz – Diary of a Madman
The most prolific purveyors of the “horrorcore” sub-genre, Gravediggaz dropped some of the most eeriest of beats and sinister lyrics in all of hip-hop. A definite super group with the RZA and Prince Paul teaming up together alongside Too Poetic and Frukwan, “Diary of a Madman” is just one example of the dark production that backed their ghoulish grave yard rap.
2. Psycho Realm – Stone Garden
The specter of death haunt's West Coast rap group Psycho Realm's “Stone Garden.” With rhymes from Sick Jacken, Big Duke and B-Real of Cypress Hill, the music video only elevates its presence with disturbing hospital scenes from the onset and a grim vibe until the end.
3. Ice Cube f/ Korn – Fuck Dying
Veteran rapper Ice Cube's sound came a long way from his earlier days by the time War & Peace Vol.1 (The War Disc) was released in 1999. One of its notable tracks was the rap-rock collaboration with Korn “Fuck Dying.” Backed by nu-metal riffs, Ice Cube tells death to go fuck itself in the music video for the song.
4. Bokie Loc – Death Represents My Hood
No list would be complete without representation from the Tales From the Hood soundtrack. Executive produced by Spike Lee, the 1995 horror film featured terror tales with strong undertones of social commentary–a racist aspiring politician, for example, is hunted down by slave dolls come to life! Accompanying the film was an underrated classic of a soundtrack calling upon beats infused with horrorcore sounds like that of Bokie Loc's “Death Represents My Hood.”
5. DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street
Taking its inspiration from an 80's horror film series, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's “Nightmare on My Street” samples the familiar sounds from the Freddy Krueger movies. The successful single off the duo second studio album in 1988, “Nightmare on My Street” is a must-play for all Halloween related festivities!
Gabriel San Roman is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and tallest Mexican in OC.