Hip-Hop Tracks to Add to Your Halloween Playlist (Part 2)
Making a Halloween playlist this year? For a party? Or just a long drive to a party? Make sure to add the classics… Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Monster Mash,” Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me,” the Ghostbusters theme… Wait! What about some hip-hop tracks?
Hip-hop isn’t often the genre that comes to mind when thinking of Halloween music. On a closer glance, when you examine the lyrics and production of the genre, it can be. You can find soooo many rap songs discussing murder, violence, Satanism, serial killers, monsters, horror movies, and more spoooooooky stuff.
For this list, I’ve assembled eight rap songs to add to your Halloween playlist, to add to the OTHER eight I put on Part 1 of this list.
Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep (1994)
Who cares it’s the 20th of May? Play this title track off RZA’s side project on the 31st of October, and it’s slightly off-key instrumentalization, aggressive delivery, and murderous references will give you chills and vibes strictly for the most wonderful Holiday of the year. If only it fell on a weekend more often. (Not until 2020.)
The Notorious B.I.G – Suicidal Thoughts (1994)
In this final track off his debut album Ready to Die, the Notorious BIG calls up his mentor, Puff Daddy, in the middle of the night to tell him he’s thinking of suicide. In a long verse with no hook, Biggie expresses guilt for his mistakes, even desires to go to Hell instead of Heaven, while Puffy pleads with Biggie to stay alive in the song’s ab-libs. The telephone distortion of Puffy’s voice, plus the sounds of gunshots, falling on the floor, and a slowing heartbeat make the song realistic… and spoo-oo-oo-ooky!
DMX – Damien (1998)
In this up-tempo yet eerie track off DMX’s debut album, X converses with a character “Damien,” who is the devil in disguise. Damien convinces X to do despicable things in return for fortune and fame. (Damien says he’s like Chucky, when really he’s named after the son of the devil from The Omen.) The devil saying, “To be continued,” at the end will spike up your arm hairs for sure.
DMX – The Omen (1998)
A sequel to “Damien,” this track off Flesh of My Flesh; Blood of My Blood opens with DMX surviving a shooting, followed by creepy keys underneath X’s trademark dog barks, comparable to a werewolf howling at the moon. Then the story with X and Damien continues where it left off. An unusual appearance from Marilyn Manson on the hook should really force this track to your Halloween playlist.
Fabolous/Jadakiss – F vs J Intro (2017)
Rappers Fabolous and Jadakiss duet on this intro to Fab’s Friday on Elm Street. Ghoulish production over classic drumbeat samples are just the beginning of Fab and Jada’s horror movie vibes throughout the song. Fabolous is Freddy Krueger and Jadakiss is Jason Voorhees, respect to the letters of their first names.
Whodini – Freaks Come Out at Night (1984)
This old-school classic describes night life in the ’80s, how people became different at night, unleashing their inner freaks. You can say it’s similar to how people turn into werewolves at the sight of a full moon. You’re Halloween party turns into a bunch of freaks when you add this to your playlist. That is if they remember the song.
D12 – American Psycho (2001)
Slim Shady opens this spooooky track with “I’m the Devil.” In his introductory verse, he alludes to Silence of the Lambs and, well, speaks in tongues. In his killer hook, he shouts, “Journey into the mind of a psychopath killer.” After that comes, um, Bizarre’s verse, a creep factor you’ll never un-hear. Top it off with Kon Artis’s nod to Michael Myers and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and you’re good!
D12 – Devil’s Night (2001)
How is this title track off the debut album of Eminem’s side project NOT Halloween-related? When a) it’s titled after October 30th, Devil’s Night, b) the “rap God” ironically sings the hook as the devil, c) Swift calls himself Poltergeist, after the 1982 horror film, d) Kon Artis says he’s a “walking zombie” in a Michael Jackson “Beat It” jacket, e) Kuniva’s verse is so descriptively violent it’s partially censored, and f) Bizarre?
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