even though this download may make us bleed the most, it is what the public needs. before the Gravediggaz came out, before Russell Simmons signed his nephew and Flatlinerz, before the rest of the country had even barely heard of Esham or ICP or some cat named Eminem, these dudes from Dayton had their own recipe for dark, evil, battle-rap oriented socially relevant but still emotional hip-hop before the term Horrorcore was even invented. These songs have been lovingly re-mastered from second and third generation cassette tapes after the original DAT masters were destroyed in a freak accident.
In the midst of the nineties Hip Hop trends which were still heavily impacted by Gangsterism and beginning to slowly transition into the materialistic Hip Pop genre which is dominant today, a crew from Dayton, Ohio tried something different. TOOMB and it's founding duo Darkxeid decided to use fear. DIYE and Eklypz instead of gangsta bravado they used elements from vampire lore, demonic (but not explicitly Satanic) mythology, and applied them to various topics including black power politics, anti-religious overtones, views on relationships and women, and of course, the tried and true Hip Hop topic of lyrical dominance over all challengers. In the most objective opinion they were founders and precursors to the Horrorcore genre of Hip Hop. As opposed to a step by step rehashing of some rapper's favorite slasher movie with himself in the villian's role, the music and the lyrics worked together to evoke a real sense of fear.
Released on October 31 1995 as a Cassette Maxi-Single/EP only containing tracks 1 through 4, only 350 copies were manufactured. All master tapes of this project have disappeared, and this re-issue is the result of digitally cleaning up several cassette recordings from various sources. Tracks 5 and 8 were recorded before the completion of the project and have Eklpyz Period as the sole MC. Tracks 6, 7, and 9 were recorded after the cassette was released.
released October 31, 1995
All songs produced by F.O.R.C.E. (A. Moore), except "Revenge" produced by Khryste a.k.a. Dj K-Money (K. Ellis)