10 Scary Hip-Hop Videos for Halloween
To celebrate Halloween, we’ve compiled a creepy list of the scariest hip-hop videos. Boo!
The clips below are classic graveyard smashes from your favorite rap artists. From the Gravediggaz’s demented ‘Diary of a Mad Man’ to Ice Cube’s ‘Sasquatch’ to the Geto Boys’ classic ‘Mind Playing Tricks On Me,’ these are some of the most ghoulish videos you’ll find.
Take a look at The Boombox’s list of 10 Scary Hip-Hop Videos because when it comes to Halloween, these are the visuals you’re dying to see. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Gravediggaz, ‘Diary of a Mad Man’
Kicking off our ghoulish list is ‘Diary of a Mad Man’ from the pioneering horrorcore rap group the Gravediggaz. The group consisted of lyrical terrorists RZA (“The Rzarector), Frukwan (“The Gatekeeper”), the late Too Poetic (“The Grym Reaper”) and producer Prince Paul (“The Undertaker”).
The eerie black-and-white video features the group, including guest rappers Shabazz the Disciple and Killah Priest, detailing gruesome tortures on unsuspecting victims. Images of snakes, centipedes and cockroaches will make your skin crawl. In one scene, a young man is being exorcised by two priests with holy water and a rectal exam. Holy s—!
Ice Cube, ‘Sasquatch’
Ice Cube is known for lyrically murdering fake MCs, but in the ‘Sasquatch’ video, he turns it up a notch and becomes a machete-wielding killer.
In the visual, Cube stalks a terrified woman in the woods, chasing her into an abandoned house after she leaves her camp. Meanwhile, the campers are being single-handily slaughtered by an elusive Sasquatch. When a few of the remaining survivors take shelter in the abandoned house, they are cut down by Ice Cube with his bloody machete. Even Jason Vorhees may have to protect his neck from Oshea Jackson.
Game, ‘Martians vs. Goblins’ (Feat. Tyler the Creator)
In the ‘Martians vs. Goblins’ video, Game has been certified insane and is sent to the mental hospital to receive a lethal injection. While strapped to a gurney, an elderly nurse wheels the rapper into the psychiatric ward and introduces him to several patients including the madcap MC Tyler the Creator.
The scary clip features the Compton rhymer and Odd Future leader spitting offensive lyrics about your favorite celebrities including Erykah Badu, Bruno Mars, LeBron James and Snoop Dogg. And yes, that’s Lil Wayne on the chorus, but sadly, he doesn’t appear in the video.
Snoop Dogg, ‘Murder Was the Case’
Snoop Dogg’s eerie song ‘Murder Was the Case’ tells a fictional tale of murder, death and resurrection. On the chilling track, the Doggfather sells his soul to the devil in order for him to come back to life after being killed in a drive-by shooting.
“I’m shaking and they breaking trying to save the Dogg / Pumping on my chest and I’m screamin’ / I stop breathin’, damn I see demons / Dear God, I wonder can you save me / I can’t die my boo boo’s about to have my baby,” he raps.
Sunz of Man, ‘Soldiers of Darkness’ (Feat. Killarmy)
In the video for ‘Soldiers of Darkness,’ SoM teams up with fellow Wu affiliates Killarmy to spit biblical rhymes and depictions of torture on wack rappers. In one scene, Killah Priest sits on his kingly throne and warns what he’ll do to a rapper who tries to question his spiritual beliefs.
“The reason why you felt shame / Is because I’ve been ordained / I’ll tie you up and throw you out of a f—ing plane,” he raps.
Tyler the Creator, ‘Yonkers’
Tyler the Creator shook the rap game up when he released his gothic video for ‘Yonkers.’ It’s a simple yet effective clip showcasing the Odd Future member eating a cockroach and then vomiting. Later, his eyes are fully dilated and he hangs himself.
What does all of this mean? Well, we really have no idea, but the visuals are as creepy as it gets. Tyler’s macabre lyrics are even more unsettling as he vows to stab Bruno Mars and recites some blasphemous rhymes. In the end, it’s a gloomy self-portrait that earned Tyler a Best New Artist trophy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
Ice Cube & Dr. Dre, ‘Natural Born Killaz’
In the Gary Gray-directed visual, Cube and Dre are two criminals on the run from police after committing several 187s (police code for murder). ‘Good Times’ actor John Amos plays the police chief who is hot on their tails and corners the duo in an abandoned warehouse.
At the end of the video, it appears that Dre commits suicide and an expert sniper (a surprise cameo from the late Tupac Shakur) takes Cube out with a single bullet. “I’m down with Dre, like A.C. is down with O.J.,” raps Ice Cube before his presumed death.
Geto Boys, ‘Mind Playing Tricks on Me’
This list wouldn’t be complete without including the Geto Boys’ video for their classic song, ‘Mind Playing Tricks on Me.’ The clip has become a Halloween staple much like Michael Jackson’s famous video, ‘Thriller.’
In the visual, Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill recount their grandiose delusions. For Scarface, he’s bothered by constant paranoia and wondering if someone is going to kill him. For Willie Dee, he’s worried about being followed by mysterious people. For Bushwick Bill, his hallucinations of a tall imaginary figure has him pretending that he’s beating him up only to realize that he’s pounding his fists on the concrete. Check out this mind-numbing project from the Geto Boys.
Brotha Lynch Hung, ‘Meat Cleaver’
Brother Lynch Hung is, arguably, the best practitioner of horrorcore rap. The California rhymer has made a successful career of incorporating gory themes of misogyny, cannibalism and murder in his rhymes. Simply put, his music is not for the squeamish or the faint-hearted.
In his NSFW video for ‘Meat Cleaver,’ Brotha Lynch Hung chops up body parts and feeds it to a chained up female victim. In addition to the horrific images of dead bodies here, Brotha raps about necrophilia, rape, cannibalism and incest.
At the end of the clip, Brotha Lynch Hung prepares to chop up his female captive for his next meal.
Kanye West, ‘Monster’ (Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj)
Kanye West’s ‘Monster’ video sparked heated reactions from feminist groups who felt the clip was misogynistic and depicted violence against women.
The criticisms are warranted since the macabre video features mostly female models either dead or who have turned into zombies. There are also scenes of women hanging by their necks, cannabalism and ‘Ye holding a white woman’s severed head.