FACT Focus is a very special mix series.
Regular FACT readers may have noticed that occasionally, to accompany a large feature or list, the author has provided a mix summarizing the article in handy-to-absorb MP3 format. Well, we’ve decided to flesh this out into a series.
Episodes of FACT Focus hone in on on a specific artist, label, scene or sound. The mixes aren’t weekly, but they’ll always go the extra mile in terms of highlighting hidden classics and mapping-out specific eras or sounds.
This very special Halloween episode has been lovingly put together by FACT’s very own horror nerd in residence John Twells. Fusing two obsessions – horror movies and rap – he has pulled together a wide selection of rap tracks that sample horror themes. Sure, you’ve no doubt heard the Psycho theme used a few times and Halloween has long been a rap staple, but there are some deliriously deep cuts in here.
You can check the tracklist below, which has been provided along with the film sampled. Additional sounds were taken from various video nasties and the BBC’s legendary Death & Horror sound effects LP.
Nas – ‘Album Intro’ (The Amityville Horror)
Project Pat – ‘Red Rum’ (The Boogey Man / The Shining)
Cannibal Ox – ‘Iron Rose’ (feat. MF DOOM) (City of the Living Dead)
Skinny Pimp – ‘Lookin For The Chewin’ (Halloween)
The Alchemist – ‘Calmly Smoke’ (feat. Styles P) (Full Circle)
Lil Wayne – ‘President Carter’ (Daughters of Darkness)
Cage – ‘Weather People’ (Suspiria)
Showbiz & A.G. – ‘Spit’ (Vampyros Lesbos)
Dr Dre – ‘Murder Ink’ (Halloween)
Necro & Ill Bill – ‘Frank Zito’ (Maniac)
Missin’ Linx – ‘Lock’d D’ (House by the Cemetery)
Tear Da Club Up Thugs – ‘Hypnotize Minds/Prophet Posse’ (The Omen)
TRU – ‘Hoody Hoo’ (Halloween)
7L & Esoteric – ‘This is War’ (feat. Army of the Pharaohs) (City of the Living Dead)
Gravediggaz – ‘What’s Going On’ (Transylvania Twist)
M.O.P. – ‘On the Front Line’ (Carrie)
King Louie – ‘Difference’ (Phantasm)
The Alchemist – Straight BK (feat. Lil’ Dap) (The Burning)
The Celestics – Funeral (ft. Goldlink) (Evil Dead)
Don Trip – ‘Got it All’ (Halloween)
Lil Ugly Mane – ‘Maniac Drug Dealer III’ (Hellraiser)
Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz – ‘Da Blow’ (feat. Gangsta Boo) (Candyman)
Busta Rhymes – ‘Gimme Some More’ (Psycho)
Master P – ‘Pass Me The Green’ (Phantasm)
J Dilla – ‘Featuring Phat Kat’ (Halloween)
Smoke DZA – ‘Out Here’ (feat. Vado & ASAP Twelvy) (Halloween III: Season of the Witch)
E-40 – ‘Gouda’ (Psycho)
Three 6 Mafia – ‘Loli Loli (Pop That Body)’ (Halloween)
Krucifix Klan – ‘Call Me No Motto’ (Poltergeist)
Dre Dog – ‘Let’s Get High’ (The Shining)
Ski Beatz – You Already Know (feat. Stat Quo and GLC) (Cannibal Ferox)
DJ Unk – ‘Don’t Make Us’ (Saw)