Hip Hop’s 10 Vilest Contributors
Mon, 09 Aug 2010 17:02:48
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While hip hop pioneers like The Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow and Melle Mel may have kept integrity and an often lighthearted approach intact within their musical offerings, their socially conscious content had a true tendency to anchor their innovative sounds. These days, while plenty of excellent MC’s still spill tales of social woes and racial quandaries, a vast majority of rappers now rely on vivid violence to relay their message; often in an attempt to recreate awareness, perhaps more often for simple shock value. Regardless, peaceful (and or positive) rappers are now needles within immense haystacks, and finding the vile has become a far easier task than finding the progressive.
Here now is an examination of some of the most heinously infamous MC’s to (proudly) spread their verbal disease amongst the masses.
#10. The Gravediggaz: These New York Natives (Prince Paul, RZA, Frukwan, and Too Poetic) came together as The Gravediggaz (officially in 1994) to compile a few of the genres darkest albums ever created. Most notorious is the groups first official release 6 Feet Deep, a musical horror anthology that boasts some of the most descriptive lyrics recorded. Now officially recognized as a genre classic, 6 Feet Deep was initially met by plenty of disgruntled and offended critics who found lyrics like “Visions of Hell tormented my face, so I chewed my fucking arm off, and made an escape” far too risqué, and far too graphic for the mainstream marketplace. 16 years later and 6 Feet Deep is regarded a genuine classic; it just goes to show how on-point we critics can be.
#09. Ganksta N-I-P: Before Brotha Lynch Hung took cannibalism to a new level (more on that later), Ganksta N-I-P invested his time prepping the flesh eating landscape of “horrorcore” (a term traditionally used when referencing evil, perverse, or just plain horrific hip hop albums). While not known for stomach churning lyricism, N-I-P’s tormented mind has indeed provided for some nasty imagery over the years. N-I-P’s debut album The South Park Psycho (1992), as well as Interview With a Killa (1998) and The Return Of The Psychopath (2003) remain fan favorites, and offer enough chilling passages to leave detractors repulsed.
#08. Insane Clown Posse: Over the years the media has shed light on both Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J; they’re not the monsters their music may lead you to believe. Outlandish and excessively violent lyrics remain the duo’s trademark, and while tales of mutilation and murder invade the bulk of ICP’s entire catalog (and has often left them in the cold when it comes to commercial marketing), as listeners we know these two are nothing more than a perfect match of twisted imaginations utilizing every chance they‘ve been afforded to chuck that insanity in our directions. Their latest album, Bang! Pow! Boom! Offers plenty more absurdities, and is on the fast-track to becoming ICP’s most successful album to date.
#07. Bushwick Bill: A longtime member of The Geto Boys, Bushwick is one of the few on this list who’s been unfortunate enough to live a heaping portion of the horrors he shares through his music. A suicide attempt gone awry (I’m pretty sure if you’ve reached that point things are already awry) left Bushwick Bill with a bullet in his head and an eye vacating it’s socket. If you think that sounds deeply disturbing, seek out the man’s work. “Chuckie” (which was also written by Ganksta N-I-P) puts Bushwick Bill himself in the plastic of cinematic horror icon Chucky from the 1988 film Child‘s Play, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (a group track featured on the same album) contains one of the most vicious verses We Can‘t Be Stopped has to offer, and “Ever So Clear” is a harrowing narrative in which Bill revisit’s the night of the near fatal shooting.
#06. Esham: A true horrorcore pioneer, Esham has been KKKilling the Fetus and turning listeners into Sacrificial Lambz since the late 1980’s. His disregard for human life and clever descriptions of said personality disorder have earned Esham a reputation that precedes his own product. A longtime victim of critical assassination, Esham still carries with him a legion of loyal followers that just goes to prove, the sickly abrasive vibe of ultra-violence will always have a home in this industry.
#05. Too $hort: Unlike the majority of this list, $hort makes the cut not for his glorification of death and savagery, but for his complete and utter lack of respect for women. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got a serious tendency to use women, and I’m quite certain enjoy women… he just doesn’t cling to that little respect issue. And he’s made a long, lucrative career of letting us know that. Ironically enough while $hort’s content has left him with a permanent target fixed to his career by many-a feminist, it’s also been the secret to the mans immense success. Oh how far the word ’bitch’ can take a career.
#04. 2 Live Crew: The Crew rose to stardom in the same fashion Too $hort managed. They just did it a little earlier, and failed to find stabilized success, losing their steam by the late 1990’s. Content just as degrading (and even nastier than Too $hort‘s), led to 2 Live Crew’s extremely successful As Nasty As They Wanna Be actually being banned from record stores. Arrests were even made when retailers failed to immediately pull the album from shelves. It is still, to this day one of the more monumental moments in hip hop history.
#03. Sicx: When it comes to “keeping it real”, Sacramento, California rapper Sicx redefines the cliché, in a terrible, terrible way. Sicx, who gained notoriety bragging of violent crimes and executing policemen eventually blurred the lines between reality and fantasy. While he may not have murdered any law officers, he (along with his girlfriend) did rape, molest, and photograph multiple children (one of which his own daughter). Sicx was sentenced to 69 years in prison back in 2001.
#02. N.W.A: N.W.A (which is an acronym for Niggaz With Attitude) is a California based rap group often regarded as the founding fathers of gangsta rap; a subgenre known for producing an excessively violent sound that promotes murder, robbery and rape. In 1988 Straight Outta Compton was released and the group immediately earned the status of public enemy number one. Most radio stations banned the album, but word of mouth made Straight Outta Compton and N.W.A an immediate sensation. While violence and music were far from strangers by the 1980‘s, no one had heard criminal acts condoned in such an impressionable manner as presented by N.W.A. The end result resides in the history books; you can find it under ‘vile‘.
#01. Brotha Lynch Hung: Once again the mean streets of Sacramento, California find themselves represented (prooooobably not a good thing) within this article. Lynch apparently took a look at Sicx’s (the two happen to be brothers) life and found some inspiration. Season of da Siccness is a horrifically engaging album that draws listeners into a world of murder, rape, sexual mutilation, cannibalism and more. What’s more stunning is the frequency in which women and children act as Lynch’s targets. Brotha Lynch Hung’s infamy has earned him plenty of attention from the media, and Season’s terrifying imagery still resonates with listeners. Amazingly, with no true commercial support, Lynch has still managed to sell roughly 1.5 million units.
It’s an awkward experience to assemble a list of the most heinous, offensive and controversial rappers, and then realize just how successful the majority have become. It naturally raises questions in regards to the state of our society, past, present, and future. Are we a country fueled by bloodlust and ultra-violence? I choose to believe not, it is however blatantly obvious that there will always be a home for the profane, and a market for the taboo.
By: Matt Molgaard