Devil’s Night: 10 Hip-Hop Halloween Stories
This year Halloween falls on a weekend, and XXL and went trick or treatin’. The end result is 10 Halloween stories and memories from some of your favorite artists. From getting bombed with eggs and actually doing the bombing to spending a night in jail and rockin’ a party in London, we got you covered with a few tricks and treats. —Compiled by Adam Fleischer, Jesse Gissen, Nicki Nahmeanez, & Anslem Samuel
When I used to live on 144th Street—this is when me and Vado used to live like two buildings away from each other. So the whole Most Hated thing was like 144th and Lenox and like 142nd and Lenox and like 140th and Lenox. [Outside of that radius] wasn’t always cool, you know what I’m sayin’.
So I went to the store to get somethin’ for my moms, I’ll never forget and I just started hearing like bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp. It’s coming from the roof and it’s these older dudes from the block, they eggin’ or whatever, so I ain’t trippin’ on that. So I get to the corner store and they don’t have what my moms wants so I gotta walk to 143rd, so I gotta leave my block.
Now you know when you go to the store and you young, that store on the corner is your store. Now the other stores, that ain’t really your store to be goin’ to like that unless you gotta couple a your homies with you and y’all goin’ and then you walk back to your block.
I dunno why on Halloween I thought I was tough and I wanna go to that store on 143rd and Lenox. Now I’m already breakin’ the boundaries between 144th and 142nd; I’m playin’ it real close.
I’ll never forget, I got in that store and it’s five people and my man D Smash, we’re very cool now and he’ll bang for me right now, but he came in there in all black with a ski mask and when he saw me he just smirked and he said to himself, “Oh, yes.” He went back outside and just waited. I was like, “Wow,” so I jumped behind the counter. I’m thinkin’ maybe they’ll think I ran out the store or somethin’ like that [but] they right in front of the store waitin’ for me, they not goin’ nowhere.
So the man in the store was like, “Man, you gotta get outta here ‘cause they about to bomb my store,” but I was young at this point, like 14, and it’s only eggs but you still don’t wanna get egged, man. And back then I was a short lil’ chubby dude so I wasn’t really that fast. I’m like, “Whoa, they ‘bout to have they way with me.” So I jumped over that counter and I tell you no lie, I jumped over that counter and I just booked out the store.
All I remember is feelin’ pop, pop, pop on the top of my shoulder and if anybody know Lenox Ave, 144th and Lenox, I hit that corner and that turn that night, I was on a capital L that night. I was like boom! The next thing I knew I was in the building and I don’t even think they chased me that far, I just think they egged me on Lenox. By time I got to the block, I was just runnin’ from my own footsteps. But they just egged the shit outta me. But yeah, shout out to my man D Smash, I’ll never forget that night, man. You was dead wrong for that shit, man.