Top 13 Spooookieeeeest tracks in Hip Hop

Saigon October 31, 2011 5
Top 13 Spooookieeeeest tracks in Hip Hop

So the big buzz on crackbook, crackleberry and Twitter is who finna be wearing what for Halloween. Now growing up in a strict ass Catholic household I wasn’t supposed to par with them pagan tings dem. But now grown and on my own, I figure, what the hell, why not get into the spirit by taking a trip down memory lane and rediscovering some of the wickedest and spookiest tracks in Hip Hop history???

So, thought I’d keep true to this 31st spook-fest by dropping a Top 13 list of Hip Hop joints that eeked me, spooked me, had my eyes wide shut, and just plain gave me the heebie jeebies! Whether or not you part-take in this now commercialized pagan tradition, take in my top spooky rap tracks list and you’ll certainly agree either the lyrics, beats, delivery, accompanying music video or combination of which, for each of these joints, earns its place in the spook side to Hip Hop. Now turn the lights off, close yo eyes, replay these tracks, take in the lyrics, aura and imagery, and tell me if it don’t send chills up and down yo spine this Hallows Eve!

#13 – Snoop – Murder Was The Case That They Gave Me

This classic Doggystyle joint begins our ghoulish trip down spooky lane with its eerie time’s-ticking-the-clockbell-strikes-midnight production a la Dr. Dre (who it seems lends his voice for the afterlife boss that trades Snoop his soul for another chance to roll the block). Storyteller Snoop spits the “being real” inner fear every thug has of being caught unexpected on the receiving end of a 1-8-7 before they ready. “I’m shaking and they breaking, tryin’ to save the Dogg, pumping on my chest and I’m screamin’. I stop breathing, damn I see demons. Dear God, I wonder can you save me? I can’t die, my Boo-Boo’s bout to have my baby.” What can be scarier than the thought of time-ticking death when you ain’t ready?!?

#12 – Nas – Undying Love

I know some of y’all wondering why I added this track on my spooky rap joints list but let’s be real… dudes front like they don’t get this weak over a woman. Guess the thought that a double-X chromosomer can get a man weak enough to go on a jealous, vengeful, murderous rampage and then turn the gun on himself like Nas narrates in this track, is just too scary a thought to admit! On the flip side for all the ladies reading this, I’m sure y’all came across a crazy psycho-dude or two who’s jealous/possessive tendencies or revenge tactics sent you running for the hills! In the age of facebook, twitter and cyber-stalkers, heightened rates in domestic violence and a generally more desensitized society, this Nasir story’s fear factor, comes from its realistic plausibility.

#11 – Method Man feat. RZA, Inspectah Deck, Street Thug – Mr. Sandman

Umm have y’all HEARD the haunting ass chorus by Blue Raspberry in this track?!?!?

NUFF SAID!!

#10 – DMX – Damien

This track starts spooky enough through the production alone, but then the image of DMX’s lil demon on his shoulder whispering in his ear his vices?? *shudders at the thought* This classic spooky rap track plays on the demons each of us struggles with I suppose, but personifying it lyrically with all them spooky demonic voices in the track freaks me the f-out gotdamm! D asks for his guardian angel but is responded to by D – ya know Damien – the devils son! “(Eh yo D {DMX} It’s me D {Damien}) My name D like you but my friends call me Damien, and I’m gonna put you into somethin’ about this game we in. You and me could take it there, and you’ll be the hottest nigga ever livin’” Eventually lil Damien on DMX’s shoulder instructs him to kill his homeboy. Perhaps the spookiest thing of all? This track bout hearing devilish voices, DMX did prior to his drug habit. Now if that don’t send shivers up yo spine, Iunno what else does!

#9 – Big L – Devil’s Son

This Big L classic starts with L recounting to his homeboy a dream that he was the devil’s son and was doing some “ill shit” in the spookiest sense of the word! The track starts with repeating lines of “When I was 12, I went to hell for snuffing Jesus“. Well when I was 12, my over-protective mom dukes let me go to my first sleepover b-day party where we were supposed to stay up all night watching scary movies like The Omen. Trouble was, I was the only kid who actually stayed up in the dark watching them. Exactly why L’s joint bout being Damien spooked me man! “On my skull the 666, no tricks. When I catch fits, my mom picks up the crucifix. And I kill chumps for the cheapest price. I’m rolling with Satan, not Jesus Christ. Enemies I got several done. Big L straight from hell, the motherfucking Devil’s Son” *Hides under bed covers*

#8 – Ras Kass – Interview With a Vampire

Don’t let the name fool you. Ain’t no vampire in this track at all, but the spooky instrumentation, sound effects and distortion effects for the unworldly voices representing God and Satan doesn’t just spook, it actually is quite intellectual when listened closely, which is why I had to include. Ah the eternal God/Satan, good/evil voices dilemma that goes down in some of our heads. *Kanye shrug* But Kass keeps it mad real here spitting some real intelligible shit all the while having spooky ass Satan voice trying to convince him to turn away from the light. “Ras Kass: Who is you? Satan: Son, I thought you knew. Who else? Lucifer, the lie bearer stupid, the devil himself. He (God) the creator, we all the creations, guess i’m eternal damnation. Got you bitches seeking your own salvation…[...] Well, who really gives a flying f*ck? I taught you how to blood suck, and ultimately self destruct” . Hmm food for thought, with some spine-chilling beats.

#7 – Tupac – Hail Mary

Anybody who knows Pac, the posthumous release of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, and all of its lyrical content/indirect messages will feel me on this pick. I believe Hail Mary was the first track released as a single off the album and the whole feel of the production and lyrics so close to Pac’s passing had an eerie effect whether you were a Pac fan or not. Not to mention the lyrics as though Pac was reaching out, rapping from the grave didn’t help either! “I’m a ghost in these killing fields. Hail Mary catch me if I go, let’s go deep inside the solitary mind of a madman who screams in the dark. Evil lurks, enemies, see me flee. Activate my hate, let it break, to the flame” Ooowee I just got some chills!

#6 – Bone Thugs n Harmony – Hell Sent

Silence. Then Freddy Krueger-esque, freaky kiddie chant, counting that spooky one-two rhyme. Then distorted demonic voices. Not to mention scary killer Bone Thugs content like only Bone Thugs knew how to spit in they distinct rap style. And hell, have you HEARD the first 10 bars of this joint??? Again I say, NUFF SAID!! Real talk, just take in the full almost six minute track and what these dudes be spitting. You’ll swear they sold they soul to the devil and really are Hell Sent!!

#5 – Tupac & Biggie – Psycho

One of my fav mashup joints – not a real track but an ill mix floating around the cyber-sphere, set on top an ol Em joint (Go To Sleep) but hell, with perfect verses from these two greats relevant to my Halloween theme here, you know it HAD to go on this list! Not to mention the eerie Bach-ish organ tune reminiscent in most vampire flicks, the cinematic scary-movie feel, and throw in some gun shot/clip reloading sound effects, and this joint has spooky all over it!

#4 & #3 – Emimen – various

Spots 3 and 4 HAVE to go to Eminem. Iunno what the hell is or has gone on in that brain of his but shiiiittt, THAT dude has some twisted ass lyrics in many of his tracks – forget spooky! Notable mentions are Go To Sleep and Stay Wide Awake in a tie for my number four spot with similar themes of SERIOUSLY messed up misogynistic lyrics that I ain’t even finna mention here. Em’s known for controversial lyrics more times for either his shock-factor technique or just as a different road of thematic material to explore lyrically to go against the grain of the mainstream shit we were all used to/otherwise rapped about at the time of Em’s emergence in the rap game. But shit whatever it was, serious contemplation upon these tracks will either scare a woman shitless at the very thought if such twisted individuals exist, or consider whether obtaining a firearm in this day in age is the most sensible solution to be prepared if ever encountering such psychos! Third place for all time spookiest Hip Hop joints has Insane and Stan also by Eminem tied. These tracks take the cake for most f*cked up gotdamm!! Neither of these tracks need any explanation as to why they hold the number three spot for my spooky rap joints list. Just take a listen to both in the case you’ve been living under a rock, or simply, just to take a trip down memory lane…. But I’m sure it’ll leave you surely agreeing that these tracks’ crazy content deserves its place!

#2 – Immortal Technique – Dance With The Devil

NUFF SAID!! Heard this track hotboxing my whip many lifetimes ago on a dark, cold, winter night and my eyes flew wide open towards the end! This track needs no explanation. It’s the most mentally-evoking, graphically insane, intelligently crafted lyricism I can remember hearing. Ever. Tech wickedly lays down an almost psychopathically dark narrative about a try-hard named Billie. Its unbelievably chilling twist, spit over a simple piano tune will haunt you for days!

#1 – MJ – Thriller

I know, I know, how cliché/corny right? But come on now! This track and the man is a legend, not to mention set the bar for spooky beats, lyrics, and video! Hell if it wasn’t for the King of “Pop”, many rappers – yes I said it rappers wouldn’t be here today because black music in general wouldn’t have made it as big as it has in the mainstream. Good ol Mike Jackson paved the way son and Thriller continues to be the biggest selling record of all time. And the echelon of spooky joints! What’s that you say? Oh you thought this was supposed to be about rap joints riiiight…Well if you haven’t taken in Vincent Price’s priceless rap at the end of Thriller and realize this track’s significance of being at the top of the Spookiest Hip Hop joints list, then shiiiiittt – THAT’S the most frightful shit that’s crossed me this Halloween! Soooo that bout wraps my list. Hope y’all enjoyed. Wishing y’all a safe Halloween, mad luv, trixx n’ treats!

- yo girl, Saigon Flowr

5 Comments »

  1. Darryl Cobb October 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Wait, Thriller made the list and NOT ONE track from The Gravediggaz or The Tales from the Hood Soundtrack made it? MY MIND IS PLAYING TRICKS ON ME DIDN’T MAKE IT but THRILLER made it? Nightmare on My Street by Dj Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince didn’t make it? Natural Born Killaz didn’t make this list? ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!! **hip hop nerd rage on 11**

  2. Stacey October 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    This was a poorly written post. What’s with the ghetto slang?? All the articles I’ve read on here are intelligent but this one is confusing? Not feeling this. Saigon missed so many tunes too…ugggh

  3. Tom October 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Brotha Lynch Hung could have a top 10 list of his own for messed up/horror songs. That last album, coat-hanga strangla was ill. But this list is cool too, the production on murder was the case is out of this world, one of dre’s best.

  4. Kingsley November 1, 2011 at 3:34 am - Reply

    I don’t know about knocking the slang so much, this post is actually mad comical – to me at least. I had a pretty bad day at work, but then I was fighting not to laugh out loud at work when I saw this, reading it. It almost seems as it was written for comic effect? But I have to agree with Tom (some songs I would’ve liked to see in the list). But all in all, I thought it was a pretty cool post. Thanks for the laughs in an crappy day Saigon. And thanks for the site Bad-Perm! Keep up the good work

  5. Dev October 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    My mind is playing tricks on me is a scary one! Have to agree with Stacey about the writing on this post. Not feeling all this slang!

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