Halloween is just around the corner and many of your are probably putting together playlists for that party you’re planning (partying at your desk alone with your headphones blaring counts!). Piggy backing off of RobG’s piece on Top Ten Horror Movie Themes, I figured it’d be interesting to put together a list of my own. While many people this year seem to compile their own lists of favorite horror films and the like, I have found not many people compiling lists of favorite horror themed hip hop songs. With that said, here’s hoping the selections below get you bobbin’ your heads and ultimately adds some flavor to your spooky playlist.
5) Eminem – 3 A.M. I have to say, I struggled with this one and ultimately decided on 3 A.M. to be the number 5 entry on the list. Eminem has released numerous tracks over his career featuring references to iconic horror films, sure. Originally, both his track AMITYVILLE and his collaboration with Royce Da 5’9 SCARY MOVIES were in this spot. Ultimately, though, the music video for 3 A.M. qualified this track to be in this list. Now let’s all be thankful Eminem dropped that frickin’ accent.
4) DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – A NIGHTMARE ON MY STREET Way back when I was 12 years old, my sick idolization of Freddy Krueger was taking shape. It was around this time that I discovered the album HE’S THE DJ, I’M THE RAPPER by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Immediately becoming a fan of the album, the track which stood out for me was A NIGHTMARE ON MY STREET. The song recounts a visit to the movie theater with Ready Rock C, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and their prospective dates to watch A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Later that evening, The Fresh Prince can’t sleep and is soon visited by Freddy himself. Still a favorite, I recall doing some weird lip syncing routines to this track with my best friend as children, I think I may even still have the hat and glove somewhere in my closet. *Honorable mention to The Fat Boys for their own tribute to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – ARE YOU READY FOR FREDDY?
3) Kid Cudi- NO ONE BELIEVES ME I’ve recently come to the conclusion that Kid Cudi is pretty damn awesome. His music is hypnotic, mellow, and ultimately infectious. So obviously, it only makes sense he was tapped to contribute a song for the new FRIGHT NIGHT film’s soundtrack. While many have gripes about the remake to the original, this track by Cudi tends to burrow itself into my brain. The accompanying music video below helps accentuate the creepiness of the song. This one definitely gets regular listens on the ol’ iTunes.
2) Kanye West – MONSTER This one seems to be a no brainer. Kanye West brings along his buddies Nikki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Jay-Z to spit one monstrous rhyme after another. Starting off with West being fondled by some hot female zombies, to him in bed with two dead chicks, then onto Jay-Z rapping in front of a dead naked chick sprawled out on a couch, and finally to best verse of the song brought by Nikki Minaj…this track is the shit. The imagery conjured by each rapper elevates this track above any normal run of the mill hip hop song. References to vampires, zombies, Chucky…they’re all here. Plus this one’s got a MONSTER hook to boot!
1) The Geto Boys – MIND PLAYING TRICKS ON ME A classic, this 1991 track paints a picture of paranoia gripping the Hip Hop trio. Featuring a rather young Scarface before he went solo, the highlight of the track (for me anyway) is Bushwick Bill’s verse about trick or treating. Full of fearful references of paranoia, death and murder, MIND PLAYING TRICKS ON ME has got to be their most popular track and it’s still poignant 20 years later.
If I missed a song you think should be in this list or if you just completely disagree with my choices entirely, let it be known in the comments below! – Aaron Pruner