|Posted by Anna H. on September 20, 2014 at 1:05 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? I have been meaning to post more Rap Music but I always end up doing the opposite. Today, I have some Horrorcore.
Horrorcore is a Hip Hop sub-genre based on Horror-themed lyrical content with Horror movie film scores and dark imagery. The music sub-genre derived from Hardcore and Gangsta Rap groups such as Geto Boys, Gravediggaz, and Flatlinerz.
Gravediggaz and Flatlinerz made the term, "Horrorcore" popular. Horrorcore primarily focuses on Horror-influenced topics. This can include the controversial topics such as cannibalism, self-harm, suicide, murder, torture, rape, Satanism, and supernatural themes.
Most Horrorcore lyrics are inspired by Horror movies over "moody, hardcore beats."
The sub-genre is also considered to be the Death Rap version of Death Metal because of its lyrical content.
Horrorcore Rapper, Mars stated, "If you take Stephen King or Wes Craven and you throw them on a rap beat, that's who I am."
The sub-genre supposedly originated 34 years ago with Jimmy Spicer's 1980 single, "Adventures Of Super Rhyme." In the song, the rapper recounts his experience of meeting Dracula.
When I heard the song, I visualized Bauhaus' Peter Murphy performing "Rapper's Delight" over some Disco. I wonder how many people did The Electric Slide to "Adventures of Super Rhyme" in the clubs.
I barely learned about Horrorcore, 2 decades ago. It seems as though the sub-genre gained more prominence, during the early to mid-'90s. I remember MTV News' Kurt Loder briefly reporting about the Horrorcore sub-genre in 1994. There were several Horrorcore Rappers releasing their debut albums.
Debut albums by Flatlinerz and Gravediggaz both released in 1994.
The more I think about it, those were probably the 2 Horrorcore Rap groups, that Kurt Loder interviewed, 20 years ago. Based on what I have read about this Rap sub-genre, rappers have debated, who coined the term "Horrorcore" and who founded it. Some say it was Jimmy Spicer.
According to Insane Clown Posse's (ICP) Violent J, Geto Boys' song, "Assassins" (from their debut album, Making Trouble), introduced Horrorcore.
Meanwhile, Kool Keith claims he "invented" the sub-genre. Horrorcore Rap never became a mainstream sub-genre. This is highly understandable given the lyrical content.
However, Detroit, MI's ICP and Twiztid have sold well as Horrorcore Rappers. Even though Eminem isn't an actual Horrorcore Rapper, he has created some Horrorcore songs like "Cleaning Out My Closet," for example.
Since I'm currently on the topic of Detroit, MI rappers, there's a super show called Wickedstock, that's held annually.
Since Halloween 2003, Horrorcore Rappers unite internationally online and release free compilations of Devilz Nite.
Supposedly, the Horrorcore sub-genre is doing well over the Internet. It began having a massive American and European following in 2004. There are various Horrorcore and Non-Horrorcore Rappers, who have contributed to the sub-genre.
The following are additional rappers, who have contributed to the Horrorcore sub-genre:
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Big L, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Brotha Lynch Hung, Cage, Dana Dane, Necro, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, Esham and Natas, Insane Poetry, King Gordy, Kung Fu Vampire, Prozak, Swollen Members,Tech N9ne, Three 6 Mafia, and Tyler, The Creator
Listening to Horrorcore is rather interesting. The sub-genre automatically reminds me of the movie, Tales From The Hood.
Tales From The Hood Trailer (1995)
Speaking of the movie Tales From The Hood, Gravediggaz was featured on the soundtrack. Anyway, today is a lengthy block. This is mostly because of Jimmy Spicer's song. With that being said, I'll let you listen to the music.
1) Jimmy Spicer "Adventures of Super Rhyme" Single (1980)
2) Ganksta N-I-P "Horror Movie Rap" The South Park Psycho (1992)
3) Flatlinerz "Satanic Verses" U.S.A. [Under Satan's Authority] (1994)
4) Gravediggaz "Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide" 6 Feet Deep (1994)
5) Three 6 Mafia "Mystic Stylez" Mystic Stylez (1995)
Let me know what you think!
Categories: Song Saturday