Hear The Track HereIt says something about my own personal tastes when I tell you that the rappers I most admire on Soundclick are the ones you definitely wouldn't want to take home to meet Mom and Dad. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about commercial music here, I'm talking about the grimy underbelly of the genre where lurk hip hop musicians making rap metal, and one of my own favourites: horror core. I've come across a few really good horrorcore rappers over the past few years but none that had the effect on me that London's Whitman Speck has. This is a man you most definitely do not want to meet on a dark night, in fact best not to meet him at all.
This rapper is absolutely fixated on serial killers (his name is a mashup of two famous serial killers) and most of his lyrics feature death, usually bloody and violent, sex (ditto) and a few million cuss words. So not something to be feeding the kiddies, unless you want them to grow up to be just like Whitman Speck. The reason I like him is because he is musically very sharp indeed, and his rapping is excellent - a true storyteller. 'I'd kill you all if I had the time' he croons into your ear, after the obligatory name calling intro, 'I don't need the fame, I need to maim', Get the drift? Whitman Speck is 'a pain in the ass' and he's packing a lot of anger into his tracks so this is not exactly easy listening - especially if profanity or lewd images upset you.
I know I shouldn't but sorry, I get a good chuckle out of this guys lyrical style as much as I might deplore what the guy is singing about. There again, this is hardcore rap and there is a Parental Advisory notice (extremely well deserved btw) slapped all over it so I guess people have been warned. However, for the rest of us deeply cynical, jaded grownups (especially those who like meaty hip hop music) will get a lot out of just about any Whitman Speck track. Although I liked I Love To Hate You, which carries all of the musical hallmarks this musician has become known for, it's going to be hard for him to beat Dead Or Alive (February 2010) because I still play the crap out of that bad boy.
Highly Recommended Horrorcore rap.