Hip Hop Horror: Exploring the Dark Side of Rap Lyrics

Halloween is such a cliche these days, so in honour of voodoo occasion Fet Gede (or ‘The Day of The Dead’ in English) I chose today to explore the horror in hip hop and the darker side of rap lyrics.

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Fet Gede (Baron Samedi)

Hip Hop has always had a darker side and many are quick to write it off as completely negative, but is that interpretation of the genre’s darker lyrics at all justified?

Ironically some of Hip Hop’s darkest lyrics actually tend to be the most poetic or well-crafted. Many of the genre’s most skilled lyricists tend to gravitate to darker subject matter. Unfortunately it is often the works of such artists that cause the most controversy within the mainstream media, therefore attracting the most condemnation….

Hip Hop Horror

Hip Hop Horror: Exploring the Darker Side of Rap Lyrcs

This is only an extract, please read and comment on the full article on Suite 101.

Jay-Z’s Empire State Of Mind Video


The uplifting, Alicia Keys-assisted New York anthem Empire State of Mind provides an ode to the endless possibilities of life in the Big Apple. Jigga’s video for the track aims to provide an equally glamorous and inspirational view of the city that never sleeps. A stark contrast from the rebellious and explosive attitude displayed in his video for Run This Town. Empire State of Mind radiates a different mood entirely, although interestingly similar in actual content and the level of ego displayed!


Image: Roc Nation/MTV

Highlights include some extremely impressive architectural shots of the city and appearances of well-known New Yorkers, alongside the general feel-good approach of the project. Although it does seem to overlook the reality of some of the areas mentioned, the Empire State of Mind video gives a great artistic exploration of the city that gave birth to our genre.