HNHH breaks down 20 of the best horror film references in hip-hop - not the "Top 20", simply 20 of the best.
As we've mentioned in previous features, the inspiration rappers draw from film can't be denied, and horror movies are no exception.
Films such as American Psycho, The Omen, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, The Exorcist and Rosemary's BabyÂ have inspired many of your favorite emcees, and references to them show up regularly in their lyrics.Â From pioneers such as Public Enemy and the Wu-Tang Clan to contemporary acts such as RiFF RAFF and Durag Dynasty,Â emcees have been referencing horror movies since the beginning.Â
Read on for a breakdown of some of the best horror flick references over the past three decades. Keep in mind, they appear in no particular order.Â
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D12 - American Psycho
[Excerpt: Slim Shady]
I'm (what?) a human mutt, fuck a being, I'm a dog Fuck lambs, I'm silencin' 'em all I'm involved in murders forensic science couldn't solve Giant set of balls too big to buy a set of drawers
I'm livin' in Waco Texas, me and my girl Fuck David Koresh, I'm startin' my own world It's called Bizarre's Cemetery, it's scary Eatin' a virgin's cherry... they're all gonna laugh at you, Carrie
[Excerpt: Kon Artis]
(Journey into the mind of a psychopath killer) Light yo' ass like a liquid nitro-gas spiller Psycho slash Michael Myers, Michael Jack's "Thriller" Rifle slash knife, faggot dasher, "Cop Killer"
She's on a diet, but her pockets eatin' cheesecake
And I'll say Bride of Chucky is Child's Play
Just killed another career, it's a mild day
Celph Titled ft. Vinnie Paz & Buckwild - Eraserheads
[Celph Titled] The sound of my voice'll make stab wounds Barber of the universe leavin' planets with half moons I have assumed that those who choose to make rap music Have no talent at music So me and Vinnie came to grab ya head and put a gat to it
[Vinnie Paz] I bring the .45 Glock and the .38 AR-15 send their body to the pearly gates Me and Celph ain't makin' happy music, this is purely hate Tobe Hooper in this muthafucka cousin, saw his face
[Celph Titled] And when we holdin' the Tec, we'll put a hole in ya neck Leavin' you with a permanent T-Pain vocal effect I ain't a flossy dude, sippin' Mo' But if I was, I'd pop the cork off in your bitch's asshole (let 'em know)
[Vinnie Paz] That's how the ho get treated, she get the smut treatment Toss her out the whip, leave her on the rough cement Celph and Vinnie will deliver an abrupt beatin' And the Walther 9M will leave your guts leakin'
[Celph Titled] Your video had the best special effects I seen Had you in the projects usin' computer blue screens (nah'mean?)
[Vinnie Paz] You phony muthafuckas never held a ratchet ever You was in the faggot bar with Kanye strapped in leather
[Celph Titled] I never thought I'd get a bitch pregnant ever Until my main squeeze gave birth to a baby Beretta (The more gravy the better), don't holla just yell It's like the night before Christmas, I can't wait to see hell
[Vinnie Paz] I can't wait to see hell either I'mma run up on the first muthafucka that I see with a rusty cleaver I ain't a sucker neither, and no one fuck with Vinnie Fat gut, wife-beater, pasta, I'm a fuckin' Guinea
[Celph Titled] I'll smash a mirror, I'll walk under a ladder I'll let a black cat cross my path, it don't matter Cause I ain't superstitious and I don't fear nothin' You talkin' all that tough shit
[Vinnie Paz] But you's a queer frontin' And y'all are snitch but let me tell you somethin' You ain't hear nothin' I like to refer to my trigger as the fear button I don't fear nothing either, I just cock the pistol I like the way the bullet burst and what it do to tissue
[Vinnie Paz] Ayo we blazin' son
[Celph Titled] Like gang bangers with laser guns My rap verses are curses And scriptures spit with a razor tongue Nitwit, I play ancient drums That conjure up demon spirits That appear in smoke out of a pagan's lungs I'm everything hardcore, complex, original Ya no want test the disciple of death C. Titled is fresh like salmon at Red Lobster And C. Titled's the best at blammin' hammers at imposters Get ya ass whooped with automatic hazard causers You can't make tables turn, you got bad revolvers Faulty guns that go "click!" when you pull the trigger Mines go... it's sick when I pull the trigger
[Vinnie Paz] It don't matter how we get down, guns or rhymes I'm white and raw like the perico chico, tons of dimes I got a way with wild shit cousin, tons of crimes Tons of .45's, AK's, tons of nines
Lupe Fiasco - Super Cold
Black Shaun White, and he skis, and he skates And he leaves all types of cold tracks all behind me And you can follow those if you ever wanna find me Better dress warm or you might end up like The Shining Not that boy or that lady, but that nigga gone crazy Pretty damn amazing... I can't get out So I'm forced to ride this elevator anywhere it takes me
Ras Kass - Interview With A Vampire
[Ras Kass] You want to talk to God? God never sleeps
[Hook] Ras Kass: Now what came first, the chicken or the egg? God: Armageddon Ras Kass: A arm a leg a leg a arm a head Heading in your direction The riddle was the answer to the question Born of the flesh, what is perfection
[Ras Kass] Inside my mother's womb, doomed to return to the tomb Or was it from the dead I was raised? All too soon to pay, on judgment day Is this beginning or the ending? Died sinning, still winning, still grinning This ending, verdict still pending, born pretending Three-hundred billion men, women, and children cringing Deja vu, could be I'm dreaming But we all ask for divine reason While still breathing, and until leaving Who? What? When? Where? How? But most of all why?
[God] Why what?
[Ras Kass] Do we live just to die?
[God] The Book was written Way before the apple got bitten There is no God but me, mathematically, in division My decision was all inventions I need not mention infinite dimensions But the human mind's flaw was limited comprehension So while you try to travel to Mars and the stars The God manifests through the entire universe From the Sun, Moon, the Earth I created man in my image and the black man was first For scientific explanation, yeah I made man out of dirt
[Ras Kass] But how can a man be first, when its the woman that's giving birth?
[God] Listen, single-celled organisms To homo-sapien, to Albinism
[Ras Kass] What's that?
[God] White people
[Ras Kass] They keep the world separate and unequal
[God] They teach you, right is wrong, wrong is right Up is down Took the King off his throne, is the planet flat or round?
[Ras Kass] Can we really time travel, and is there life in outer space?
[God] Wait, you knew all this in the first place You trying to get to God
[Ras Kass] But, I've fallen from your grace A billion paths to take, but which one is truly straight?
[Ras Kass] Can you walk across water or rise from the dead? I heard he said he lived, and the son of man bled
[God] It's a process, shit dont just happen, I create it Everything you see, and shit you dont, son I made it, and waited I'm the big bang theory and evolution Been there, done that, from revolution to prostitution The first and final solution The quran, bible, and vedas, is only tools Don't be confused when the medulla oblongata duels
[Ras Kass] Oh, so revelations is Genesis
[God] Three-sixty degrees of limitless
[Satan] Shit, I'm my own fuckin' nemesis
[Ras Kass] Who is you?
[Satan] Son, I thought you knew Who else? Lucifer, the light bearer stupid, the devil himself He the creator, we all the creations, guess I'm eternal damnation Got you bitches seeking your own salvation Who taught you how to pray? Cuz you read it in the book? look, your bear witness to Amen Ray Every day when you say Amen, and then turn around And preach worshipping false Gods, is an unforgivable sin Yea the good book is like comic books, you take 'em too literal I tricked you in to believing the power to reason Makes you able to live infinitely, in the physical Guess I'm the pro&con miracle Basically I tell true lies in general, the yin and the yang The player with a trillion years of game
[God] He got you selling your spiritual, for power, money, and fame I came out of triple stage darkness, gave mortals my attributes But even you make me a mystery God like the lochness A use science to prove or disprove my existence Trying to unlock This, artificial intelligence, cloning and space stations Trying to build the tower of babylon But you sadly mistaken, when I start erasing homosapiens You looking for angels with wings?! I'm 'a bring young niggas with a ak, fuck a alien
[Ras Kass] So what you saying then? You the one that created sin!
[God] What you call mother nature, is the nature of me What you call evil, ultimately, was the force inside of me Matter can't be created or destroyed it just changes shape One God, many people, and many faiths And this is how I wanted it done
[Ras Kass] Wait, wait, hold up Father tell me, who is God's son?
[God] I be the Jesus to your Buddha, the Krishna at your Jumah The big kahuna, Jehovahs Witness in suede pumas Zeus, Pharaoh, Elohim, Saturn, Yahweh, Jah Rastafari, Allah, The Most High But then, only that, I'm not... I'm the oceans, the trees, a bumble bee, and a Glock Earthquakes, to how much money you'll ever take The reason behind every mistake mankind continually makes
[Ras Kass] Did God create man, or did man need to create God?
[Satan] The answer is both, cause how mortals look at God is odd
[God] You try to customize me to be comfortable For what you want to do, and how you choose to act The Pope and Christians will tell you God ain't black But to get something from nothing is physically impossible, thats a fact
[Satan] Black is the combination of all colors
[Ras Kass] White is the lack thereof
[God] Darkness is beneath the ground, and in the skies up above The clue, is that the true illumination is me, not Illuminati Cause I alone discriminate & eliminate Any who be believing they can rationalize our out-reason He Who created your creature, the student can never be greater than the teacher Whether its Adam and Eve, or atomic chemistry I'm the one true source of all energy Who will eventually destroy every enemy when I see fit I can't blaspheme my own name so when God damn it, so be it
[Satan] Thats called the wrath of God, but we gotta deal, I can chill Fuck up the whole world, and in the end He'll still fulfill his plan, to return man to his original position Nigga gave me some hooks, and said I gets to go fishin'
[God] I gave man dominion over the Earth, to master the wealth But most of my children don't have dominion over theyself
[Satan] That's where I come in Call it original sin But, who really gives a flying fuck? I taught you how to blood suck, and ultimately self destruct
[God] Know the ledge, wise the dome, do the data I'm the alpha
[Satan] I'm the beta
[Ras Kass] And I'm omega To be or not to be was man's question since conception I think therefore I am, was man's perception But the birth is the resurrection The son of God, or God's son, that lights our entire spectrum You got everlasting life, long as you got day and night Illumination, not education, to bring the blind sight And what you need to know is that you'll never know it all I'm a lowercase g, son of the ever-living God
I used to hang out with my daddy's brothers, I call them my uncles They taught me how to smoke herb, I followed them when they ran numbers So in a sense I was Rosemary's Baby And then, I learned the difference between a bitch and a lady
Pharoahe Monch - Right Here
Y'all heard of me, I pack MACs and crack vertebraes Leave niggas with third degree burns and back surgery Mics, guns, knives, pick - declare which object, flip Have niggas runnin' like The Blair Witch Project
Then on a rainy evening, with a panicked feelin' Went to her home and looked in the window and Sammy sees them The door's between her and the Necromancer And what you think is gon' happen if she answers?
Public Enemy - Night Of The Living Baseheads
[Verse 1] Here it is, BAM! And you say Goddamn! This is the dope jam But let's define the term called dope And you think it mean funky now, no Here is a true tale of the ones that deal Are the ones that fail, yeah... You can move if you wanna move, what it prove? It's here like the groove The problem is this: we gotta' fix it Check out the justice, and how they run it Selling, smelling, sniffing, riffing And brothers try to get swift and sell to their own Rob a home while some shrivel to bone Like comatose walkin' around Please don't confuse this with the sound I'm talkin' 'bout... BASS!
[Verse 2] I put this together to rock the bells Of those that boost the dose Of lack a lack, and those that sell to Black Shame on a brother when he dealin' The same block where my '98 be wheelin' And everybody know, another kilo' From a corner from a brother to keep another below Stop illin' and killin', stop grillin' Yo, black, yo (we are willin') 4, 5 o'clock in the mornin', wait a minute y'all The fiends are fiendin', day to day they say no other way This stuff... is really bad I'm talkin' 'bout... BASS!
[Verse 3] Yo, listen, I see it on their faces (First come, first serve basis) Standing in line, checking the time Homeboys playing the curb The same ones that used to do herb Now they're gone, passin' it on Poison attack - the Black word bond My man Daddy-O once said to me He knew a brother who stayed all day in his jeep And at night he went to sleep And in the morning all he had was the sneakers on his feet The culprit used to jam and rock the mike, yo He stripped the Jeep to fill his pipe And wander around to find a place Where they rocked to a different kind of... BASS!
[Bridge] Succotash is a means for kids to make cash Selling drugs to the brother man instead of the other man
[Outro] I'm talkin' 'bout... BASS!
RiFF RAFF - Kris Krangle
Hustlin' in the cut, Kawasaki full throttle Keep a couple of gold models, cuttin' coke in Toronto I'mma bring the rice, pour the syrup in my slice Rap game Neon Spice, turn heads like Poltergeist
Styles Of Beyond ft. Celph Titled - Murderer
Face mask, semblance driftin' Nice gems, an extraordinary gentleman Sweep the villa with petite guerrillas Blades on my heels slicin' like Ichi The Killer
Buck 65 - 1957
Hard rain falling, babies sleeping in God’s palms Alarm clocks ringing, warrior monks and bomb squads Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, clairvoyants and mediums Believers in nothing, speed freaks and bohemians
Dog, I'm not a rapper, I'm the black Dracula Nosferatu, spitting darts at you, out of black Acura Homies is gat packers, rat packer Fly nigga, I'm the Benjamin stack attractor
Durag Dynasty - Durag Dynasty Theme
[Excerpt: Killer Ben]
Somewhere in between demented or schizophrenic So mental clinics beware I weave dreams fallen from Heaven's stare Land on Elm Street and murder Freddy in his nightmare
Ol' Dirty Bastard ft. GZA - Damage
Yeah, I busted that ass before (You ran to Texas and came back, but forgot the chainsaw...) And want to perform a massacre? Better be comin' with some motherfuckin' shit that's spectacular
Jedi Mind Tricks - The Winds Of War
[Intro: Sampled Dialogue From Kevin Spacey's "John Doe" Character]
I'm setting the example And what I've done is gonna be puzzled over And studied... and followed... Forever...
2Pac - Troublesome
Pistol-packin' fresh out of jail, I ain't goin' back Release me to the care of my heartless strap Say my name three times like Candyman Bet I'll roll on your ass like an avalanche
DMX ft. Marilyn Manson - The Omen
[Verse 1: DMX] Still right here shorty, told you I got you Like the way I scooped you when them faggot niggas shot you I'mma hold you down and I mean that for real But every time you beef with a nigga, I end up havin' to kill It ain't like that, and hey, forget about them two kids 'Bout to get a deal and it's as nice as you is Oh, you think? Nah, I'm just playing - wassup? Got some new bitches, I know you tryna get fucked Not really... What, I ain't your man no more? Just because a nigga don't need a hand no more? You know how we do, if one goes soft We all take the pussy and go up in her raw It's like now, where you going, I ain't tryin to take it Fuckin' with a nigga like you, I won't make it It'll be what it is Yo, you in for the night I'm 'bout to take it to the crib You'll get home aight
[Hook x2: Marilyn Manson] The snake... the rat... The cat and the dog How you gonna live When you're in the fog?
[Verse 2: DMX] I ain't fucking with this nigga no more, word to my mother Fuck it, so you know I'm for sure, word to my brother It's like he's gotten worse than before, son of "I wonder" What type of dirt this nigga got in store for me to get under? Then I get the call: Yo X, police just killed your cousin underneath the projects Don't get vexed, niggas'll pay, 'member I got you Told you I got you - dawg, I got you I'm in a catch twenty-two, but them niggas got to pay But I know he gon' be asking for a favor one day But fuck it, I ain't got no choice in the matter Them faggots killed my peoples, and I wanna see 'em splatter That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, we ain't on no kid shit And I'mma use the same gun that you killed them two kids with Is that hard to live with? Nah See, you still a playa But what you want from me? Ah, I'll tell you later
[Verse 3: DMX] Shit is all over the news, bomb goes off in Central What the fuck have I gotten myself into? The mental is like "get the fuck outta there" I'm out... Hey, going somewhere? Nah... What the bag for? Fuck it, what you want? Can your nigga come inside, for a minute and puff a blunt? Here we go again... After what I just gave you Wasn't acting like that, when you asked for that favor Yo, I ain't ask you for shit Oh, yes you did When you really needed somethin', then you allowed me to give You sold me your soul when you didn't say "no" Just let a nigga go, and gimme what you owe Fuck was you thinkin', ain't shit for free Ain't a motherfucker you know can defeat me Forgive me Father, for I have sinned And with your help, I know the Devil won't win
[Outro: Marilyn Manson] Kill kill kill, kill kill kill... Take you all on our way to Hell... Kill kill kill, kill kill kill... We're going to... do it, do it well... Kill kill kill, kill kill kill... Take you all on our way to hell... Kill kill kill, kill kill kill... We don't want to do it, but we do it well...