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Horrorcore: From Esham to Hopsin, a look at the history of rap's most terrifying subgenre

When somebody bathes in blood and guts, swings from hanging bodies or sews together dismembered parts -- that's horror. And so naturally when rappers embody this realm, it's called horrorcore. But true horror is more than blood and guts; it is bewilderment in happenings that occur beyond an ordinary level of understanding. Chronologically, horrorcore immediately followed gangsta rap, and in many ways, it seems like a logical artistic extension. Both readily indulge in violence and aim to disturb, though for different reasons. While gangsta rap presents a radical survivalist mentality, horrorcore goes well beyond into the excesses of human debasement.

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Noah Hubbell