Thursday, March 6, 2008

3-6-08 Where My Demon's At?

A tattered bright green flyer taped to a lamp post in my new neighborhood advertises a (long past) night of "Spiritual Hip-Hop", and I remember Christian Rockers I used to listen to and the guy on TV who scared the living crap outtta me, telling me that Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, and Black Oak Arkansas were Satanic (I didn't listen to Zepplin until I was almost out of college - that's how much I bought the "Rock Music=Satan" thing).

So the question I have is - where are the goth-satanic-hip-hop artists? Where's the bizzare, almost winking, elaborate stage sets and cartoon-y, Halloween horror-show lyrics. I'd love to see the hip-hop equivalent of Danzig, the Misfits, or even Sabbath, but maybe it's a cultural thing, and the same things that scared and titilated me in rock music would fall flat in hip-hop.

1 comment:

  1. There are a few hip hop groups that would roughly fall into the category you're describing, I think. Gorillaz is probably the best example I can think of: cartoony (literally), horror influenced, elaborate stage show. MF Doom has a similar comic book inspired thing going on, although I honestly don't know what his live shows look like.

    Cyprus Hill has pulled in horror elements in their stage shows, as did Dr. Dre in his 2000 Up In Smoke tour. Eminem definitely delved into horror at times, particularly on early tracks like Kim and '97 Bonnie and Clyde.