This video is packed with disturbing imagery and Halloween-time nasties. For those scared of bugs, beware the close-up scene of a centipede crawling out of a sink. If you can stomach that then you can probably handle a demon-esque B.O.B. and the singing dead man that is Ty. What’s creepiest of all is probably the murderous females that set up Ty. Hell hath no fury…
Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More
Who else remembers chilling out watching videos as a kid and that kid turned into the blue monster in the new Busta song. It’s not the scariest video ever, but “Gimme Some More” is just weird, even 15 years later. Once you get past the blue monster the video is pretty funny, just like the majority of today’s horror flicks.
ASAP Mob feat. Flatbush Zombies - Bath Salt
“Bath Salt” is one of the songs that helped Flatbush Zombies blow up and is one of those videos that blurs the line between trippy and spooky. Rather, it’s one of the videos that shows how blurred those lines really are. It’s all about atmosphere and ambiance with this video. There’s tons of funky colors that add distortion to the already gothic imagery. Knives and drugs only help highlight the grungy environment on display here.
“Monster,” the song, isn’t as scary as any of the songs on this list, but the video is damn creepy and would make a cool movie for the artists involved. In the video we have Kanye as a habitual killer and necrophilic, Rick Ross as the resident chainsaw butcher, Nicki as the deranged dominatrix, and Jay Z as a suit-clad murderer.
This video encapsulates much of the grit and grime of nighttime New York in the hood. It isn’t overtly scary as far as its theme or production like most of the videos on this list. The creep-factor of “Gotham Fucking City” lies in its reality. The video is based on true events, much like Eminem’s classic “Stan.” The difference (and the reason this video made the list over “Stan”) is that you can actually find the live recording where the main character in “Gotham Fucking CIty” commits suicide after kissing his lady goodnight. In one word, this video is harrowing.
Kid Cudi - Maniac
While not much of a music video, Shia Labeouf and Kid Cudi’s “Maniac” definitely earns a place on our list. The short film features Kid Cudi and Cage walking around killing people as a film crew follows them around. The video is more disturbing than it is scary, much in the way the first “Saw” movie was. There is no rhyme or reason to the murders, the characteristic M.O. of a true maniac indeed.
Game feat Lil’ Wayne and Tyler the Creator - Martians vs. Goblins
As weird as it is seeing Game rock the Hopsin contacts and a straight jacket, this video is dope. Game really shows his creative versatility as he is pushed through a gore-filled asylum while spitting rhymes about killing Lil’ B and other generally effed-up stuff. Tyler does what he does best - shock and awe. Wayne is largely represented through a crazed old man and a kid rocking Beats. It’s unclear what the conceptual goal was there, but it was creepy anyway.
This video is symbolic to the point of chilling. That’s why it’s on the list. The whole package, the anarchist lyrics, the creepy harmonizing and the video’s minimal effects, yet evocative images, all work to make a disturbing experience. Not quite scary, but definitely chilling.
Gravediggaz - Diary of a Madman
There can’t be a Top Spooky Rap Videos list without some mention of Gravediggaz. Considered some of the pioneers of horrorcore rap, these guys have a catalogue full of crazy, creepy music. The video for “Diary of a Madman” is among the most iconic of the Gravediggaz videos. While old, the video is still something of a horror. Between the macro shots of bugs and weapons, and the seriously wtf that is that green demon guy, this is a Halloween-time classic.
Earl Sweatshirt - Chum
“Something sinister to it.” These are the opening words for this video, and they are fitting. Like “Hive” (from the same album) “Chum’s” music video is obscure, dark and twisted. The video takes one of the least scary things in the world - a frog - and manages to make it uncomfortably creepy, if not downright sinister. Demons with luminescent teeth smile at the camera as Earl walks down a deserted street rapping the most personal lyrics in the young emcee’s catalogue to date. The video delivers that trademark Odd Future shock value we’ve all come to expect.
Childish Gambino - Bonfire
“Bonfire” screams creepy right off the bat with a hanged Childish Gambino seemingly rising from the dead and vomiting a bunch of blood. Things get crazier from there as clean-zombie-Bino spots his apparent killer heading for a bonfire where some guy is telling the story of Gambino’s murder. The rest is predictable until the very end. This is probably the only video on the list that it doesn’t seem right to spoil so just watch it. You’ll be bugged out at least a little bit.
A dark video for a dark album. “Hive” probably won’t scare you outright, but it’s very uncomfortable. The wallpaper moves, Earl wipes his eyes off and he’s followed by weird demons that can’t stop smiling.There’s even some dogs mating for good measure. The weirdness is anchored by the second half of the video, but that doesn't stop the first half from being some of the most odd images depicted in a rap video.
Ice Cube - Sasquatch
Ice Cube’s latest video was especially made for Halloween. It follows the general recipe of the American slasher flick with a machete-wielding Cube menacing some of Hollywood's classic horror movie victims. You’ve got the white girl alone at home that runs upstairs instead of outside and the assortment of young people camping in the woods at night. Combined with lyrics that weave several monster myths into one, “Sasquatch” is the perfect Halloween video.
Tyler the Creator - Yonkers
The video that started it all for Tyler the Creator and the Odd Future movement. It’s a simple video and probably didn’t even cost a lot to make. There’s next to no visual effects. This lack of effects made it even more gross when Tyler proceeded to let a cockroach crawl all over his hands before eating it. It was simple, gross and it was weird. It’s also going in the books as one of the creepiest music videos of all time, rap or otherwise.
Eminem - 3 A.M.
It’s not surprising that Eminem cooked up one of the scariest videos on our list. “3 A.M.” is mixes just the right amounts of Hollywood cliche, gore and atmosphere to give us a familiar horror story that still manages to creep us out. The lyrics are as disturbing as anyone would expect from Em and complement the ghastly visuals well - right down to the creepy mannequin.
Get in the spirit of Halloween with our list of 15 of the most spooky rap videos ever.
Halloween is less than 48 hours away at this point and it's about time for us to offer up some of what we think are the creepiest, spookiest, most disturbing rap videos ever made. There isn't any particular order here, but this list is sure to get you in the mood for the biggest fright night of the year. Happy Halloween and enjoy!