Updated: Jun 5
It's finally October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. Personally, I wait all year for the feeling spooky season brings me, and for the past few years, I've always thrown an amazing Halloween party to commemorate.
Many people love the holiday as much as I do, but they also love rap as much as I do. What do you do in that situation when you want to plan the best party, or just create the most suitable playlist to listen to in the gym or at work? Luckily, the two worlds easily collide, and there are a ton of rap songs with a Halloween vibe.
Here, I've compiled a list of the best Halloween rap songs for your playlist. In no particular order, here are my favorite rap additions to blare on October 31.
1. Eminem- 3 a.m.
I'm kicking this one off with my main man Em. The music video for the iconic single from his album Relapse features Eminem bathing in blood and screaming demonically in the woods when he realizes he's killed several people. Relapse, being the closest thing to Horrorcore the Detroit rapper ever released, focuses on his alter ego, the murderous Slim Shady.
2. DJ. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince- A Nightmare on My Street
Although this song contains themes from the popular movie series, Nightmare on Elm Street, it was never included in the movie, though it was considered for the fourth one. The song was actually sued by the franchise, forcing the label to put a disclaimer at the start of the video. No matter the history, this classic song featuring Will Smith has been popular on Halloween playlists since 1988.
3. Tech N9ne- Am I A Psycho?
In the music video for this song, Tech N9ne (alongside Hopsin and B.O.B.) fulfill the fantasies of every horror lover. It starts with Tech rapping to a couple who he presumably tied up, followed by Hopsin walking down the street with a chainsaw and a Jason Vorhees mask. The last verse is delivered by B.O.B., and while he doesn't directly torture anyone in the video, his bars help tie the song together.
4. Yelawolf- Growin' Up in the Gutter
The theme of this song is very dark, as it focuses on a child who grows up in an environment of abuse, similar to how Yelawolf did. The disturbing video depicts a young boy who is exposed to all the horrors of the world, eventually becoming a troublesome adult. The bass-heavy beat and intense chorus combine to make this a powerful, realistic song about the evil in the world.
5. DMX- The Damien Trilogy
The three songs that compose this trilogy are called Damien, The Omen, and Damien III. This story starts when Satan himself emerges through a guy named Damien, who is disguised as a guardian angel at first. Damien convinces X to commit murder by making empty promises, and after crime levels continue to rise, X asks God for help to escape the devil's grip. In the end, he eventually does escape, but not before many people are killed. The story may sound familiar because of the movie, The Omen, where a demon is born with the same name.
6. Kayne West- Monster
The massive powerhouse of artists who make up this song include Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Bon Iver coming in with the intro. The song talks about being a monster in the hip-hop game, but includes obvious references to literal monsters, such as Godzilla, King Kong, and the devil himself. The catchy tune will get stuck in your head all day, and repeating "I'm a mother****ing monster" throughout the day will surely get you in the holiday spirit.
7. Whodini- Freaks Come out at Night
Though not a "scary" song, this freaky disco anthem will have ghouls, vampires, and headless horsemen getting down. It's very popular at Halloween functions, because this holiday is the best time to release your inner freak with costumes and decorations that may be questionable during other times of the year. Let the Halloween-loving freaks unite!
8. Kid Cudi- No One Believes Me
In this song, Cudi knows that something evil is lurking, but like the name suggests, nobody believes him. It seems simple at first, but upon digging deeper into the meaning, I discovered that it's actually referring to his past drug use. In the music video, he is a confused vampire looking for blood, similar to how an addict would hunt down drugs. This song was featured in the movie Fright Night, which is about a vampire moving into an unsuspecting neighborhood.
9. Hopsin- I Need Help
Hopsin joins this list once again, but this time as a main artist. Hopsin is pictured in the music video wearing his signature contacts while covered in blood in a state of panic. The song touches on depression, and the horrifying reality of losing your mind. In the chorus, he pleads for help to ease his suffering. Eventually, a preacher attempts an exorcism on Hopsin, which doesn't exactly end well... for the preacher, at least.
10. Dr. Dre- Murder Ink
Accompanied by Hittman and Ms. Roq, this song samples the Halloween Theme used in John Carpenter's classic movie, Halloween. The three channel their inner Michael Meyers to go on a violent murder spree. In Hittman's verse, he speaks about staking outside a house for months, waiting on the perfect moment to attack. With the popular instrumental and gruesome lyrics, this song makes a Halloween hit.
Honorable Mention: Brooke Spirits- Secrets
Surprise! I'm ending this list with a song by yours truly. In this song, my alter ego Brooke Spirits talks about murdering all the people who annoy her. It's just a joke, obviously, but since I am a huge fan of the horror genre I had to make a song that reflected it. I may be biased, but this song is always on my Halloween playlist.
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As a fierce lover of things that go bump in the night, I had a lot of fun while writing this post. Now, you can combine your love of rap music with your love of the season without compromise in one playlist. I encourage you to keep expanding it, and leave a comment telling me what other Halloween rap songs I should bump at my party this year.
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