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Other names

Death rap

Stylistic origins

Hip hop, hardcore hip hop, Gangsta Rap, Horror Fiction/Horror Films

Cultural origins

Late 1980s
New York, U.S.

Typical instruments

Rapping, Drum machine, Turntablism, Sampler, Synthesizer, Programming

Derivative forms

Memphis rap

Horrorcore is a subgenre of hip hop music that consists of horror-themed lyrical content and imagery. Its origins derived from hardcore and gangsta rap artists such as the Geto Boys, which pushed the violent content of its lyrics further than most artists in the genre. The term horrorcore was popularised by openly horror-influenced hip hop groups such as Flatlinerz and Gravediggaz.