Every year, Halloween brings out the scariest in us all. Fun costumes, endless treats, and themed parties are typical for a solid spooky season. One thing’s for sure, a good time is nearly impossible without good music.
Rappers often spit dark rhymes referencing everything from murder and mania, and although it is depicted as details of a hardened lifestyle, the storytelling can be chilling. Other signifiers of spooky songs feature lyricists depicting their own deaths, paranormal activity, or painting themselves as someone else’s worst nightmare.
Songs like Kanye West’s “Monster” featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and Nicki Minaj directly reference potential terrors in the night, while “Nightmares” by Dana Dane takes more of a first-person storytelling approach. The fact is: eerie Hip-Hop records have existed for decades.
VIBE updates our Hip-Hop’s 25 Scariest Songs list with an additional 15 tracks to create the perfect haunted mood for the frightening and festive Halloween season.