It’s the Halloween season of goblins, ghouls, and everything that goes bump at night. It’s a time when folks walk in haunted houses for the thrill and see slasher/monster films to celebrate gore on screen. Yet, the most significant and overlooked aspect of the horror holiday is its musical soundtrack. So below, check out the Hip Hop songs (in no order) that deliver rhymes guaranteed to bring chills.
The bassline thump sounds dark. The video is red lighting with candlesticks. The song itself plays as an intro to a Resident Evil video game.
It’s a song about Freddy Krueger, nuff said.
Snoop Dogg coined a phrase based on a song where he dies and is resurrected by the devil, whose voice on the track gives nightmares.
The monster in the song is Nicki Minaj, who murdered everyone on the record.
The music video has Doja Cat crawling on ceilings dressed like a rejected devil genie who grants wishes that would raise your life insurance policy.
Scarface is a GOAT storyteller who rhymes a tale of a spiritual crossroads of gangsters and ghosts.
7. DMX – Damien
DMX’s exchange with the devil’s son is lyrical brilliance and a valued lesson: “If something is too good to be true, it probably is.”
No one can guess why Andre 3000 would be at a vampire’s wedding, but one can bet he probably brought his flute.
Both artists rap with authority over a hard thump goblin base beat.
Monela makes the line, “I will kill you, and let my cousin do a TikTok on your grave” feel like Jason Voorhees is her hypeman.
The Memphis Queens cast rap spells while schoolyard girls sing scary chants on the hook.
This Wu-Tang Clan adjacent group rap metaphors will have one scared and confused.
The title speaks for itself, but the music video is reminiscent of a Gotham asylum that nobody visits.
The goosebumps felt are that of the rap bars delivered by Kendrick Lamar.
The greatest Hip Hop Halloween song of all time. From the opening Scarface line, “I sit alone in my four-cornered room, staring at candles,” to Bushwick Bill’s Trick or Treat story, the Geto Boys created a classic tune about how reality can be spookier than fiction.