The Halloween season is here, and if you're throwing a party your playlist should be haunted by the scariest sounds you can summon. As tempting as it is to just loop “Monster Mash” (after all, it was a graveyard smash), the best way to keep people diggin' your crypt is by diggin' in the crates with us. Here are five Halloween hip-hop hits that we're raising from the dead. Forget Wall Street, it's time to Occupy Elm Street.
While most would consider the Geto Boys' “Mind Playin Tricks On Me” as the premiere Halloween hip-hop staple, but that song's final revelation (“it wasn't even close to Halloween!”) makes it akin to playing “Born in the USA” on July 4th. On that same Geto Boys album, We Can't Be Stopped, is “Chuckie,” Bushwick Bill's touching tribute to everyone's favorite wise-cracking homicidal doll.
“Doin' It in A Haunted House”
No, this isn't “Thriller,” but it's pretty close. So close, in fact, that all that's ever been written about it is that it sounds exactly like “Thriller” and came out shortly afterward. Whether a “response record” or a “ripoff,” the infectious chorus makes doing pretty much anything in a haunted house seem like a great idea.
“Interview With a Vampire”
Often considered among the more intellectual MCs of his era, Ras Kass lives up to his reputation with this highest-of-high concept songs that channels several supernatural dialogues into subversive discourse. It's perfect for the scariest of Halloween parties, one on a college campus of cultural studies majors who use words like “othering.”
“1-800-Suicide” (Original Vocal Version)
A lot changed between the recording of Gravediggaz's debut album and its initial release. While many know it hit store shelves stateside as 6 Feet Deep but was released internationally under its original title Niggamortis, it wasn't until Prince Paul released his Gold Dust collection of rarities that we got Wu-Tang mastermind and former Prince Rakeem, Rza's original much darker verse.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
“A Nightmare on My Street” (Original Version)
Horror icon Freddie Krueger has had everyone from The Fat Boys to Dokken score his killing sprees, but the razor-fingered-hands-down best is “A Nightmare on My Street.” In this comparatively violent version not heard on your party store bought “Halloween Sounds” compilation, we get Will Smith doing what he does best, rapping about things that happen in movies.