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This isn't the climax of the latest Stephen King book or Jason, part 17.

"I'm gonna slice and dice cause murder's my vice. I'll stab you once, twice maybe even thrice. Carve initials in your liver. Make you quiver, deliver. Yeah, that'd be nice. I'll dissect your heart. Rip your entrails apart. Hack off your head. And that's just the start".
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Horrorcore rap music is essentially Gangsta Rap meets Horror Tropes, with a touch of bloodthirsty metal for good measure. Musically, they're basically "what if you rapped death metal lyrics?" The production style usually also favors dark and often dissonant textures, as well as horror movie samples. Rock and metal guitar samples are also common, while many Soundcloud horrorcore artists from the 2010s were more rooted in trap and mixed in elements of nu metal and extreme metal.

There's dispute over where the genre originated, but it's agreed that the Geto Boys, Ganksta N-I-P, Brotha Lynch Hung and Insane Poetry were the forebears of the genre. Horrorcore is more or less gangsta rap turned up to 11. Expect subject matter to cover cannibalism, rape, torture, infanticide, occultism, necrophilia and other horrible things For the Evulz.

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Could be said to be to Hardcore Hip Hop what Death Metal is to Thrash Metal. See also Gangsta Rap. The Memphis horrorcore style (popularized by Three Six Mafia) also wound up being a major influence on Crunk, mostly through its signature aggressive, insistent, and repetitive synth lines.


Artists in the genre include:


Record labels centered around this genre:

  • Psychopathic Records
  • Lyrikal Snuff Productions
  • Serial Killin Records
  • Slaughtercore Entertainment
  • Prone Records
  • Murder House Records

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