How to be a Better Horrorcore Rapper

Posted in: Hip Hop by Robert Tidwell on June 1st, 2008 | 7 Comments

Well, I’ve been a member of the horrorcore scene for some odd 15 years or so, and I have noticed that ever since the internet became more widely used it has dropped off the radar. This is to instruct people on how to regain their creativity, though mostly aimed at the horrorcore world, does apply to anybody.

I think its sad that the horror-core scene knocks the insane clown posse for their topics and redundancies but the ICP are still one of the most Original and Creative minds in the genre. I listen to music in the “wicked underground” and I’m always left bored, unimpressed and I often feel like the idea of creating art to communicate has been completely lost on this scene.

You can be honest, original, creative, fun, and so forth and still rap about killing people and hating religion. It’s true!

There are simple instructions which would help with the horror-core worlds rapping ability. Rap. Every day. Everything you say should be rapped. Record on better equipment. Listen to a wider variety of music, etc.

But what I think the horror-core scene needs is diversity and originality.

Here are some simple steps to fixing the horror-core scene, from where I sit. Quality in recording is a big deal but it is no longer the front runner in why horror-core is played out.

Read More Books

Reading books doesn’t just keep your mind occupied it also makes you learn. It makes you learn new words. It helps you with you understand the aspects of storytelling(important in horror-core, and most other forms of music) and it can influence you. I recommend stepping outside of the box and read stuff that is unique, but that really depends on your tastes. Here are some horror books I suggest to you, linked to amazon, for ease.

Dark Dreams is a horror story collection written by African American authors. I love the one by Terrance Taylor. There are some bad stories, some good, some super sexy and some actually scary. You can buy it used for only a penny(plus shipping).

Everything’s Eventual is a collection of short stories by Stephen King. This book features the story that inspired the film 1408, and 13 other really awesome stories. I am not a huge fan of King’s but this is a great book. Guess what. You can buy it used for only one penny(plus shipping).

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7 Responses to “How to be a Better Horrorcore Rapper”
  • elijah June 8th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    you need to check out this webpage then, for one of the most original new horrorcore artists ever in this genre.
    myspace.com/thejhexxproject

  • RobertTidwell June 10th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I listened to it, and its not that original. It’s very cliche, right down to the poor mixing.

  • Wayland December 19th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Enjoyable read. It’s true. Maybe some people will think of this kinda stuff the next time they are making their horrorcore raps.

  • Karney March 31st, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    thanks a lot for this article bro. I do agree with you that most of the horrorcore out there is quite redundant… The most redundancy i’ve seen is that every artist on psychopathic records use the word “juggalo” in every song… juggalo this juggalo that… it gets old. I’ve been out of songwriting for a few years now and im tryin to get back into it, but for some reason it just aint comin to me like it used to.. oh well, I’m gonna follow your advice, especially on the obscure movies part cuz my gf is the purveyor of obscure horror movies such as Night of the Woman (aka I spit on your grave), Mother’s day, and Maniac. She also has a lot of the Tartan Asia Extremes.

  • Morbid May 28th, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Karney, I can count on my hand the number of songs where Psychopathic artists say Juggalo more then once. Far from “every” song.

    Great article though.

  • Sammiie July 15th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Check out Rhyme Asylum..

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