35. U.S.A. (Under Satan’s Authority), Flatlinerz
Most rap fans will credit the Gravediggaz as pioneering “horrorcore,” but few remember the Flatlinerz. While it seems counterintuitive, the East Coast was lagging behind the rest of the country in the rap race during 1994, even though Biggie, Wu-Tang and Nas were holding down street rap. Def Jam signed the Flatlinerz to compete with gangsta rap, and while they didn’t do well commercially, their only album is unfairly ignored today. Produced almost entirely by Rockwilder with a couple beats from DR Period at the end, Russell hooked it the fuck up for his nephew Jamal (a.k.a. Redrum) and his bandmates Gravedigger and Tempest, even though the label would drop the group after selling a dismal 36,000 copies.
Death is a lifestyle for the Flatlinerz as they take trips through cemeteries and travel 100 stories below ground. Their terrifying imaginations come alive over slapping boom bap as they smoke Phillies in their caskets, but they weren’t too popular thanks to a music video where Redrum raps while hanging from a noose and Gravedigger spit from a crucifix. By the looks of their videos, they seemed to have a decent budget, but nothing good ever lasts.