Fear of Overlooking

I can admit when I’m in the wrong, so today’s post is all about broadening yesterday’s “horror movie sampling” one. The truth of the matter is, I’m familiar with the majority of these already, but for others I dug as deep as possible to uncover more obscure examples. Which was beneficial on a personal level, as well as giving this horror-related post more validation.

The horror-sampling angle was my way of bridging a large gap between two things I’ve loved since early grade school—hip-hop and scary movies. But the intention wasn’t to put together a “definitive” list at all. Whenever the chance to champion lesser-celebrated classics such as Creepshow, Suspiria or Zombi 2 comes around, I’d be a fool to look the other way. Thus, the initial rundown focused specifically—for better or for worse—on songs that I regularly keep in the iTunes rotation; today’s epic post is concerned with stretching the ears as far as possible.

Again, if any others come to mind, definitely drop them into the comments section. Actually citing songs and their respective samples is better than just generalizing by saying that “so-and-so horrorcore act” must’ve sampled from a horror flick or three. If there’s an example out there that I don’t know about, I’m 100% dedicated to learning. And, for the record, Three 6 Mafia absolutely owns the horror-sampling market, but I wasn’t able to grab any of the mp3s (none of the ones I wanted to use are on Youtube, either). They’ve used the scores from shit like Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (“We Are Waiting”), Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (“Mystic Stylez”) and Boogey Man (Project Pat’s “Red Rum”).

But first, one more NYC-based entry, just because I’m ashamed of myself for forgetting it yesterday…. —Matt Barone

Busta Rhymes – “Gimme Some More” (samples Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho)

Tech N9ne – “Be Warned” (samples “The Tubular Bells,” the main music heard in The Exorcist)

Tear Da Club Up Thugs – “Smoked Out” (also samples The Exorcist)

Killa Klan Kaze – “Crackin’ Jaws” (samples Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm)

Master P – “Pass Me the Green” (also jacks the Phantasm score)

Killa Klan Kaze – “Like to Get Away” (samples the theme music from HBO’s old horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt)

Quiz – “He’s Alive” (also lifts the Tales from the Crypt theme)


Ice-T – “The Tower”

Tech N9ne – “Psycho Bitch”

Gangsta N-I-P – “Horror Movie Rap”

And, in conclusion….back to NYC, for one of my all-time favorite records, Sunz of Man’s “Soldiers of Darkness,” ft. Killarmy (samples the theme from the vampire series Dark Shadows (1966-1971).

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  • Mr. North

    Finally some respect!

  • http://xxl swalad

    nota bad post.but that dr dre car bomb beat tops them all.up tha fuckn swa

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Nice Part-2 post, Matt. I vaguely remember Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince sampling a string/piano snippet for their song “Nightmare On My Street.” The loop was kinda sloppy/off-timed but it had to have come from a horror movie. I’m going by memory btw. Haven’t heard that song in 10+ years.

    Oh yeah, at least a million rappers have sampled Vincent Price’s laughter at the end of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

    Has anyone sampled “The Addams Family” yet? Besides MC Hammer? That’s a catchy theme song.

    • Jesus Martinez

      The Fat Boys did another Nightmare on Elm Street song called “Are You Ready for Freddy.” It had Freddy Krueger actually rapping on it and played during one of the movies. You could only do that back in the 80s

  • L.a Vet

    xxl i love that u listen….

    obviously it’s too many samples too name for three six…

    they did a sample from the general’s daughter on frasher boy’s gone off that bay album… it’s the last song and that shit is sick…

    same for the last song on gangsta boo’s enquiring mind…. i can guarentee that nobody can guess where that horror sample came from… hands down it’s there best sample ever…

    and they got another song called sleep… (one of there best songs with all members) you tube that shit i can guarentee you will become a fan of there production… which is top 3 in the south ever!!!!

    • Young History in the Making

      yo that three six song “sleep” is samples from the movie sleepstalker…that was one of the best thres six song ever….and i mean ever..

  • Jesus Martinez

    Great post, glad you put Gangsta N-I-P up there. I always love to hear samples from great horror movies, especially the lesser known and cult movies like you said.

  • El Tico Loco

    Not Ganksta Nip! I’m buggin on that one, yep the fist necro was Black. I can’t find that joint anywhere and of course I do have a sun damaged copy, is for sentimental reasons cuz it don’t play for shit.

  • RiZob

    MUCH PROPS AND RESPECT BRUH!!! You would need like a couple weeks’ worth of post to name and prop all the Three 6 samples, but todays post gives credit where credit is due…Matt Barone: THE BEST BLOGGER ALIVE!!!! real talk

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      I knew this would brighten your day homie!

      I see Matt dropped my Sunz of Man!

      Scoring points Mr. Barone!


  • jjjjjjj

    what about DR. DRE’s “Murder Ink” sampling John Caprenter’s Halloween Theme…


    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      Maybe you should read yesterday’s post where it was prominently featured….

  • http://pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzo

    props for recognizing 36′s monopoly in the horror movie sampling department

  • Skinny Pimp

    Bout fuckn time cuz that shit that was postd the other day was bias as hell…TRIPLE 6 MAFIA will 4ever b the kings of horror rap

  • El Tico Loco

    Now can we get the stick up anthem feature the same justice.

  • GodBud

    Did that DMX & Marilyn Manson joint have a sample too?


    cop that ” whoo kid ” mixtape ” night of the living dead : on the first song,there’s a biggie blend ( from ” young g’s ” ) over a ” halloween theme ” sample …….whoah !!!! R.I.P. franck white …the rest of the cd is pure fire : good beats , good horror movies samples ( ” the exorcist ” !!!! ) , good guests.

  • DownSouth

    Three Sick Ma all day! Like my man said, too many to name, but I’m diggin:

    Stomp – Unsolved Mysteries (not really a movie, lol)

    Mafia (off of Choices OST) – Child’s Play aka Chucky

    Wet Party and I Aint Ya Friend – I think Wet Party’s from Halloween

    Posse song from Tear Da Club Up Thugs – Omen


  • Quan

    . .Jay Dilla “The Shining”