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Ear Candy: 808's and Stomachaches

A Halloween Hip-Hop Playlist

By Cali LoriaPublished 3 years ago 3 min read
Ear Candy: 808's and Stomachaches
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Hip-hop music, with its clever wordplay and pulsating beats, scores the perfect Halloween playlist. Whether you're looking to dance, raid the candy bowl, or hang out with your boo, these tracks are sure to inspire something spooky in even the most reserved of Halloween participants. Here, I will walk you through why these tracks are certain to underscore the sweetest of sugar comas.

Get Down: P.O.S featuring Mike Mictlan

This song epitomizes pandemic party culture in one line: "I don't want to think about it, I just want to get down."

Bonfire: Childish Gambino

Arguably, one of the most clever rappers out there, this Childish Gambino track takes wordplay to the next level. With a shoutout to America's favorite cookie amidst an oral sex reference, how could this track fail to impress over your best spooky fall firepit vibe?

What's Good: Tyler the Creator

Tyler the Creator's Igor likeness would make a spectacular costume idea. The blonde wig came to symbolize the album's aesthetic. While the trippy emotional ride of the album's entirety doesn't necessarily make for the best Halloween playlist, What's Good takes a sudden turn with the line "Dracula, Dracula, Dracula, suck me first, I might get back at ya." Pure punch from the first beat.

Monster: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Bon Iver

There is no other song in existence that makes drunk girls morph into a rapper quite like Monster with its titular Nicki Minaj verse that everyone, including Adele, impresses a friend with spitting. Watch as even sexy wallflowers come alive with one beat drop.

ATLiens: Outkast

This Outkast gem that begins with a spooky, other-world intro is sure to get everyone psyched. Classic lines like "I'm cooler than a polar bear's toenails" make for an endless sing-along to one of rap music's most classic duos.

Goosebumps: Travis Scott

Travis Scott pulls off an effortlessly cool vibe in this track that recently gained a fresh radio update.

Skeleton Key: Dessa

Perhaps many party guests won't have heard of these following artists, staples in the Minneapolis independent hip-hop scene. Dessa shines as a lyricist and vocalist with a wonderfully on-point Halloween prop topic: the skeleton key.

Bad Time Zoo: Sims

Save the vibe of your party and all of those sexy insert animal costume guests with this romp from the Sims album of the same name.

Trouble Hunters: Astronautalis

If you are unfamiliar with Astronautalis, I highly suggest peeping some of his freestyles where words flow as naturally as a babbling brook. Trouble Hunters is a great way to avoid a slump mid-festivities. Play the video for a pretty slick vampire costume reminiscent of your friend's last-ditch effort to score a costume from a mix of his and his mother's closet.

Thriller: Michael Jackson

Of course, this isn't a hip-hop song. It is, however, THEE song of the holiday. Throw it amid any playlist and watch the crowd come alive. Just hopefully not in that back-from-the-dead way.

Mercy: Kanye West, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Big Sean

From the very first note, Mercy demands an audience. This collaboration from four of hip-hops star verse masters combines a killer sample with clever wordplay and a chorus that just won't quit. Use this as a reminder to grab your date some punch cause your chick she so thirsty.

Fuck Your Stuff: P.O.S

Few things bring people together at a festive holiday gathering, quite like a song lyric the entire group can scream out together. No track handles this type of introduction better than the start of Fuck Your Stuff which exclaims: "My whole crew's on some shit, scuffing up your Nikes, spitting on your whip, kicking out your DJ, rock it then we dip." Watch the crowd come alive as you bring your festive holiday of horrors to a climactic conclusion.




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