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31 Hip-Hop Halloween Facts To Annoy Your Friends With

These fast facts will make you a connoisseur of haunted raps in no time. 

Halloween may seem like an overlooked holiday, but its proven to be a standout in America. Noted as one of the most lucrative holidays next to Christmas, Halloween has presented us with gems like hilarious costumes, excuses to overeat M&Ms and horror films that have stood the test of time.

The holiday has crossed paths with black culture, notably Michael Jackson's "Thriller" leading to a heaping of creative projects, films and more pop culture moments. There are also songs with no horror correlation that have found their way into the holiday.

Check out more creepy, tasty and interesting facts related to Halloween below.

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31. Whodini's "Freaks Come Out at Night" has been heavily connected to Halloween, but the 1984 classic is about those who liked to get down and dirty after dark.

30. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

29. Días de los Muertos translated as "Days of the Dead," lasts from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Originated throughout Mexico, the holiday pays respects to those who have passed on. Many dress up as representatives of death like Catrina or Mictēcacihuātl (Lady of the Dead).

 28. Halloween's origins vary according to the Romans, Christians and the Irish. One thing that remains similar are the colors associated with the holiday. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance while black is a symbol of death and darkness. It also reminds us of the holiday's relationship with life and death.

27. It's racist to wear blackface before, during and after Halloween.

26. Michael Myers' mask is a washed out Captian Kirk (William Shatner) Halloween mask.

25. Rappers and singers really really love dressing as Michael Jackson for Halloween. Many include Nas, YG and Chris Brown.

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24. There are plenty of horror films and projects with black casts. Some of the most iconic include Blacula, horror anthology Tales From the Hood and Bones, starring Snoop Dogg.

23. Countries like France and Australia believe Americans have oversaturated Halloween. They're probably right.

22. Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening.”

21. The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the country. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators every year.

20. During the height of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise's popularity in 1988, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince recorded "A Nightmare on My Street." The song didn't sit well with New Line Cinema, who sued the group for copyright infringement. The video was also pulled from MTV, but the it FINALLY emerged from the vault today.

19. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

18. Harry Houdini died in 1926 on Halloween night. The world-famous magician suffered from appendicitis. His diagnosis was revealed after was punched in the stomach several times by college students.

17. Stacking candy corn will leave you feeling a way.

16. 2 Chainz kept his pink trap house alive in Atlanta after teaming up with 13 Stories to create a haunted version of the attraction.

15. Chris Brown penned Rihanna's haunting dance hit "Disturbia" after deciding to focus his energy on a little banger known as "Forever."

14. Crimes on Halloween are nothing new sadly. A number of deaths have happened including the murder of Karl Jackson. The Bronx native was a data entry clerk for Morgan Stanley. On Halloween, the 21-year-old went to pick up his girlfriend's son from a party. After he was pelted with eggs by a group of teenagers, Jackson attempted to drive away and was gunned down by 17-year-old Curtis Sterling.

13. October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.

12. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

11. John Carpenter and co-screenwriter Debra Hill wrote the original script for Halloween in 10 days.

10. Halloween Resurrection put a Big Brother-type of spin on the franchise. The film starred Sean Patrick Thomas, Busta Rhymes and Jamie Lee Curtis.

9. Other notable musicians in horror films include Kelly Rowland in Freddy vs. Jason, Christina Milian in Pulse, Rah Digga in Thirteen Ghosts and LL Cool J in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. 

8. Harry Belafonte's 1961 jam "Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora)" became a Halloween classic after it was featured in Beetlejuice in 1988.

7. Early Trick-or-treating was considered to be a poor practice with children either begging for money or food. Children of privileged backgrounds joined in, switching the narrative quickly.

6. Backstreet Boys' "Everybody (Backstreet's Back) video was inspired by Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.

5. A number of normal rap songs have been considered Halloween jams like Kanye West's "Monster," Big L's "Devil's Son" and Kid Cudi's "Maniac."

4. Kanye West's video for "Monster" was also inspired by "Thriller," horror classics American Psycho and Saw as well as the reportedly haunted painting The Hands Resist Him by Bill Stoneham.

3. Micheal Jackson's "Thriller" is filled with plenty of rich history. The song was meant to have a nightlife feel but after the song title was changed from "Starlight" to "Thriller," many more changes followed like the vibe of the song and the iconic video or short film.

2. "Thriller" is considered to be one of the greatest recordings of all time.

1. While sharing the inspirations behind the critically-acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar shared how Tupac's ghost visited him in a dream. After telling him "Keep doing what you doing, don’t let my music die," Kendrick created "Mortal Man" as an ode to the rap legend.

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Thundercat, Juicy J, Ariana Grande And More Pay Tribute To Mac Miller For 27th Birthday

It's not lost on many just how much Mac Miller's influence affects today's lovers of hip-hop. The rapper and songwriter's passing was a blow to the industry last year as he seemed to be hitting a special space in his creative journey.

With today (Jan. 19) being what would've been his 27th birthday, friends and musical partners are sharing stories and messages of love about their favorite Capricorn.

Frequent collaborator and friend Thundercat shared on Twitter a moment Mac helped create with the "Them Changes" artist and his family. "All three of us were in the same room, playing and creating and enjoying music with Mac," he tweeted about an impromptu session with his brothers and Mac.

"Mac was and always will be a special dude, he was definitely Lebowski to me. I will always remember a man I considered to be another one of my real brothers and best of friends in the short time we got to spend together. I miss him so much every day."

See more touching messages from Mac's friends below.

Mac was hands down one of thee freshest people I’ve met so far in life, never a dull moment. I’ll share one of my favorite moments with you guys on this most dope day. I always enjoyed getting a chance to work with him, we would spend days at a time...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

..Creating music, playing music and introducing each other to new music all the time. This is the day he met my brothers @drummaboiblue1 & @_K_I_N_T_A_R_O_ it was a bit of a whirlwind how it all happened because at separate times they both came flying...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...through the studio door at separate times of the late night. My older brother @drummaboiblue1 kicked the door in and starts rapping and making hip hop hands at Mac who was sitting at the computer and it was so intense he just turned and looked at me like..

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...”Holy shit, this is your brother?” I didn’t know what to expect next because it could have easily gone south, but I got a chance to see what made Mac so special. My brother is hands down the most amazing drummer in the world *dont at me* and what I saw...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...from Mac really stays in my heart because I watched him turn my older brothers energy into creative energy by challenging him about the title of best drummer in the world, and handing him pots & pans and things from around the studio and the house...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

..shortly after Mac turns to me & says “hey man your brother @_K_I_N_T_A_R_O_ is gonna come by, I immediately felt like there was a possibility that this would be overwhelming for Mac, as I have seen from past situations in life experience with people & us..

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...but none the less, all three of us were in the same room, playing and creating and enjoying music with Mac. For those that don’t see the significance, music and family can be a very intense experience in itself in life (if you know, you understand)....

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...it’s not always so easy and lighthearted like everyone would like to imagine it is however as it may be, the night went on,and the moment passed. Since that moment me and my brothers never really would be in that same setting and satire for years...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...the reason that this story is so special is because while we were working on what’s the use, he started going through old music and came across that song, when he played it I began to tear up and I had to keep myself together because it was so special...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...that he captured it! Almost like a photo. he turned to me and reminded me of how wild that night was and we had a good laugh about it and continued working. No one really owns any recordings of us like that, so it was really special to me...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...Mac was and always will be a special dude, he was definitely Lebowski to me. I will always remember a man I considered to be another one of my real brothers and best of friends in the short time we got to spend together. I miss him so much every day...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...he changed my life in a real way. Thank you @MacMiller Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/4HVdwj2fMs

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

miss u.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 19, 2019

Happy birthday Mac Miller! pic.twitter.com/DT31Smpbqt

— Hi-Tek (@HiTek) January 19, 2019

Happy Birthday @MacMiller. Love You Always & Forever

— THE INTERNET (@intanetz) January 19, 2019

Smile today - Mac Miller ❤️ pic.twitter.com/l5rmQDu5XE

— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) January 19, 2019

 

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damn i miss this so much! i miss jamming with you and writing with you and talking about anything and everything. just watching you produce was my favorite. i miss the way you used to support me in everything that i did. i miss your smile and your tight ass hugs. i love you. happy birthday to a legend.

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Happy birthday to one of the purest artists I’ve ever known, Mac Miller 🙏🏾 RIP https://t.co/e8IIGaRjhx

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) January 19, 2019

we miss you and love you Mac Miller happy birthday

— rex orange county (@rexorangecounty) January 19, 2019

Happy bday to my brother Mac Miller i miss my bro every day https://t.co/pXAn552l1w

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 19, 2019

happy birthday Mac! 👼 tell your friends you love em twice as much.

— bear (@6LACK) January 19, 2019

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20 Hip-Hop And R&B Albums That Went Platinum With No Features

Once upon a time, successful artists considered receiving a gold or platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as a rite of passage to legendary status, especially if they did it on their own. Up until 2016, elite hip-hop and R&B artists were awarded plaques after one million units in album sales were sold. Now, any artist with music that goes viral overnight can join the platinum club.

After the RIAA modernized its rules for obtaining gold & platinum status in 2016, the music industry has been flooded with gold and platinum recipients, and it will only become more saturated over time. However, any rapper or R&B singer who sells over a million units without the help of outside artists should be heralded like the icons who came before them.

Since the 1980s, plenty of hip-hop and R&B artists have gone platinum with memorable music that will live on forever, but only a select few have made history by reaching platinum status without featured artists. Here are 19 albums (and mixtapes) that went platinum without other musical guests on the compilation.

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Genres Aside, Here Are Our 25 Favorite Songs Of 2018

Keeping up with all of the music from 2018 was a full-time job, with loads of songs releasing every week and not enough ears to keep track. But the volume of music comes with an advantage: there’s something for everybody. Fittingly, our list of the 25 Best Songs of 2018 represents the multi-genre mayhem that is in everyone’s playlists this year.

Some of the entries on our list, like cuts by Drake, Travis Scott and Childish Gambino, were at the forefront of the conversation in 2018, dominating streaming services and radio around the country. Indie darling Saba made waves, and he’s included here as well. Jazz wizard Kamasi Washington dropped some of the best protest music of the year. But there are also some songs on this year’s list that spoke to the VIBE Tribe in a different way. Cardi B had hits all year, but an album cut impressed us most; Usher and Zaytoven’s new album didn’t make a huge splash commercially, but one of its songs appears here. And Beyonce appears on one of the best songs of the year that never even saw an official release–but that didn’t stop us from including it here.

Music broke the rules this year, and so did we. Read below, and tell us what surprise choices are making your songs of the year list.

READ MORE: Debate Us: The 30 Best Albums Of 2018

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