It's Halloween! Everything from your movies to your chocolate is themed. So let me "necromance that ass for a long minute" and get you in the mood with some creepy YouTube raps.
Method Man & Redman - "Cereal Killer"
These two are the physical embodiment of charisma. They turned "Murder-murder-murder, kill-kill-kill..." into a hook that I have mumbled in front of my family many times.
Gravediggaz - "1-800-SUICIDE"
The conception of horrorcore and an amazing verse from GZA in which he talks six people into committing suicide by helpfully suggesting ways to do it; AND THEY ARE EXCEPTIONALLY TERRIBLE METHODS!!!!
Ja-Rule feat DMX and Jay-Z - "It's Murda"
The intro to this song has a guy in the background, obviously blasted on dust, muttering to himself, "Duct tape, rope.... Duct Tape, Rope..." Then the Ja "Ughhhhhhhh" and a double time beat that is hype enough to run to, but plodding enough to chop up a body to. And then the figurative slaying of three of the biggest rappers of the time making a track together that we've all mostly forgotten about.
Bushwick Bill - "Skitzo"
If you are ever asked which rapper should have starred in horror movies and you don't say "BUSHWICK BILL," you're wrong. A dreadlocked dwarf with a gunshot eye? I'm pretty sure there is a clinical name for the fear of that. The song is Bill in a psycho ward or prison, getting a visit from a friend and using that time to tell him, "I woke up on the wrong side of bed today, looking for some homo sapiens to slay..." In the second verse his buddy tells him to play it cool and tell the doctor that he's feeling good, but instead he says a variety of crazy things including "the sight of blood excites me." He continues to double down in the third and fourth verses, and his buddy breaks him out at the end so he can continue his rampage. It's a cool concept now, let alone in 1992.
Flatbush Zombies - "Death"
Puh-lease type horrorcore into YouTube and argue for the video with 13 million hits. The hatchet-toting meth head is very Halloween, but the song is trash. This listenable song not only references the greatest Halloween hook in rap ever, but it's also good and semi-modern. Posting a spooky rap listicle in 2015 without including the Flatbush Zombies would be like posting posting pictures from the Gathering of the Juggalos and leaving out Tila Tequila.
by Nathan Hankins (@nathanhmhankins)