As Halloween nears closer let the last of you worries be what’s on your playlist. From Kanye West to Biggie to Method Man, these tracks will bring out the monster, ghoul, and goblin in all of us. Check out our essential Halloween playlist, below:
Kanye West ― “Monster”
What better way to kick things off at your annual costume party than with this star assembled line up of lyricists? The eerie beat not only suits the title, but is one of Kanye’s best collaborations to date. In between Ye’s vulgar sarcophagus reference, Jay Z’s effortless wordplay, and Bon Iver’s electric hooks there’s something for every ghoul at the party. Then, of course, you have Nicki Minaj’s star making guest verse to cap things off. Talk about unleashing a monster.
DMX ― “Damien”
The always emphatic DMX comes face to face with his demons on this brooding Dame Grease production. From the intro, the shrill of the violins take us down a dark, twisted path as X must choose fame and fortune over morality. “Damien” takes on the form of X’s alter ego and conscience, one who leads the emcee into a never-ending spiral of violence.
Lil Wayne ― “A Mili”
Eight years and a barrage of label issues later, the production on “A Milli” is still as potent as ever. With Wayne’s shutter-speed verses lacing the track, there’s no way anyone can not recite a lyric or two while this is in rotation. On top of that, Weezy makes it very clear that he’s a “goblin” and that’s as Halloween as ever.
Eminem ― “Stan”
Fan infatuation almost turns fatal for Eminem in this disturbing third single off his ‘Marshall Mathers LP.’ Playing himself and his crazed fan Stan, Em used his pen to step into the mind of a deranged character, who had obviously taken the Detroit MC’s lyrics a little too seriously. The song’s chorus samples Dido’s “Thank You,” making it a melodious tune but also haunting once you realize the overall premise.
Busta Rhymes ― “Gimme Some More”
Off the rip, list
Notorious B.I.G. ― “Suicidal Thoughts”
Big Daddy Kane ― “Ain’t No Half Stepping”
When this song hits, you’re quickly reminded of one of rap’s golden ages in the ’80s when rappers used to say things like “word to the mother” and Big Daddy Kane is one of that era’s greatest MCs. However, this song isn’t on the playlist as just a nostalgic relic — it’s also on the list because of two more important reasons: 1. It’s dope as hell. 2. BDK compares himself to a horror movie staple who’s at every Halloween party ever: “Friday the 13th? I’ma play Jason.” Long live the Kane.
Geto Boys ― “Mind Playing Tricks”
EMPD ― “Symphony 2000”
Notorious B.I.G. ― “Kick In The Door”
A lot of traditional old school Halloween playlists feature Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” and with good reason. It’s a phenomenal joint. So, if you want to update that a little, why not go with Biggie’s “Kick In The Door?” The DJ Premier-produced joint (which is still powerful in its own right) samples the classic Hawkins cut and gives it new flavor. It will drop unexpectedly at the party, like bird sh-t to satisfy rap heads all October long.
Ab-Soul ― “Lust Demons”