Friday, October 29, 2010

'Scared-er than a motherfucker': Ten terrifying rap songs

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 8:10 AM

click to enlarge Gravediggaz are shoe-ins.
  • Gravediggaz are shoe-ins.
Yesterday it was all about spooky rock songs. Today, as Halloween draws near, we investigate some of hip-hop's scurrriest tunes. 

Note: Apologies to fans of "Nightmare on My Street," but a song loses some of its menace when it's 1.) sung in the same cadence as the theme of a popular sitcom and 2.) performed by a guy who co-starred in a romantic comedy with Kevin James.  


Mobb Deep ft. Raekwon, "Nighttime Vultures." Bullets flew, I had to drug my man behind a wall / Left a wet trail, delivered these slugs like air mail. That's some gory shit.  

Dr. Dre., "Murder Ink." Samples John Carpenter's Halloween theme. 'Nuff said. 

Tech N9ne, "Trapped in a Psycho's Body." A lurid tale of drugs, sex, and violence from one of KC's finest. Lots of non-joyous ecstasy shout-outs. 

Gravediggaz, "Six Feet Deep." The junkyard beat might be comical in the hands of other rappers; with horrorcore pioneers Gravediggaz, it's deranged and dark as fuck. 

Tupac, "Hit 'Em Up." Not Halloween spooky per se. But this is the most vicious rap song of all time -- no argument -- and Tupac's hunger to kill Bad Boy-affiliated folks does not at all sound like posturing.  

Three Six Mafia feat. ICP and Twiztid, "Just Anotha Crazy Click." I stab you with an umbrella, then open it 'cause I'm sick like a diseased Ethiopean. Three 6 Mafia and ICP should probably not be allowed to collaborate.  

Big L, "Devil's Son." Mostly about terrorizing members of the clergy. I'm a stone villain known for killing and raping nuns. Gulp. 

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, "Natural Born Killaz." This song is straight up about violently murdering people. Still frightening after all these years. 

Clipse, "Nightmares." The last song on their masterpiece Hell Hath No Fury, "Nightmares" is about, you know, nightmares, and it's paranoid and spooky. And with a little wink, it steals a line from the scariest rap of all...

Geto Boys, "My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me." The whole thing is paranoid and violent (and weirdly tender at points), but Bushwick Bill's last verse is literally about robbing little kids on Halloween. Winner. 

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