These 10 rap songs about death don’t deal strictly with the death of the body. Death of the spirit, of a way of life, of relationships, it all gets covered. It’s a big, bloody list of everything important getting carved up with no remorse.
- “Murder Murder” by Eminem. From Slim Shady’s underground EP “The Slim Shady EP” and precursor to his debut mainstream release. While not nearly as graphic as Em’s later songs about death, it nonetheless paints a picture of a desperate man shooting anyone in his path to get what he wants. Rapped with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
- “Still” by Geto Boys. Famous to mainstream audiences as the soundtrack to the copier scene in “Office Space”, “Still” is a rap song about death that eschews the laidback tone of a lot of current death tales. Instead, Scarface and Co. come out breathing fire over a chaotic, thunderous beat as they scream, “Die, motherf****er, die!”
- “3 A.M.” by Eminem. Released on Em’s 2009 album “Relapse”, “3 A.M.” is a rap song about death that tells the tale of Em waking up to a crime scene filled with so much blood it would make any sane person vomit.
- “Like Toy Soldiers” by Eminem. More of a cautionary rap song about death, Eminem speaks about his beef with Benzino and Murder, Inc. When the beef got too hot, Eminem squashed them,“I'm just willin' to be the bigger man/ If ya'll can quit poppin' off at the jaws, well then I can/ Cause frankly I'm sick of talkin'/ I'm not gonna let someone else's coffin rest on my conscience.”
- “Same Song & Dance” by Eminem. Eminem knows that controversy sells, and he also knows the best controversy is a graphic song about death, specifically of the serial killer variety. America’s pre-eminent rabble-rouser spins a yarn about offing random female hitchhikers as well as esteemed pop princesses. “Probably think you'll get slapped so damn hard ya/ Wont even be able stand up straight, aren't ya?"
- “Deep Cover” by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Not ones to shy away from controversy themselves, in this classic rap song about death, Dr. Dre and Snoop usher in the age of gangsta rap with a song about hustling and doing whatever it takes to keep the cops off their back.
- “Revenge!” by Louis Logic. A hilarious song from one of the most underrated rappers in the game today. Followed by the betrayal in “Best Friends,” here Logic teams with Celph Titled to talk about the accidental murder of his former friend in the heat of the moment. Sounds serious, but you’ll be laughing out loud.
- “Long Kiss Goodnight” by Notorious B.I.G. As one of the faces of East Coast hip hop, and coming off a heated rivalry with 2Pac, Biggie Smalls knew a thing or two about when a relationship is near its end. In “Long Kiss,” B.I.G. talks about exactly that, the long kiss-off of his enemies before he does them away for good.
- “There’s Been a Murder” by Jay-Z. Sampling Alana Davis’ “Murder," also a song about a murder in the apartment above her own, Hova’s song about death concerns the extinction of his Jay-Z persona in light of the need to hustle and make money. “Back to Shawn Carter the hustler,” Hova says, “Jay-Z is dead.”
- “Murder Ink” by Dr. Dre. As good a story and rap song about the death as you've ever heard. Hittman and Ms. Roq spit their verses over a spooky, Halloween-tinged beat from Dre that accentuates their tales of cold-blooded murder and death.
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