While there are thousands of articles out there written about goth fashion, being goth isn't just about wearing black, it is a lifestyle choice. Being goth can influence every aspect of your life, from what you wear to what you eat to the music you listen to every day.
Goth kids in the 80s and 90s listened to a lot of Inkubus Sukkubus and Siouxsie and the Banshees, but today there is a much more modern genre of goth music called Trap Goth or Horrorcore. A combination of hardcore rap music and the goth lifestyle, Horrorcore and Trap Goth are the perfect style of music for those of us who are lurking in the darkest corners of society.
This defiant and eccentric style of music is exactly what the goth community was looking for, embracing all of the edgiest and most sinister aspects of goth life. If you haven't already, you'll want to listen to these horrifyingly awesome bands.
Aaron Dontez Yates is better known in the music industry as Tech N9ne. The name was given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast-paced rhymes, as though his words were pouring out of a semi-automatic handgun. Yates has been working in the music industry for decades, releasing his 20th album in 2018. He is the co-founder of the Strange Music record label, which has produced albums for Tech N9ne as well as Brotha Lynch Hung, JL of B.Hood, and many other artists who work in the genre.
If you want to check out Tech N9ne you can find his albums Sickology 101, The Gates Mixed Plate, Strangeulation, and Planet online. You can also check out the video for his song Like I Ain't on the Strange Music website.
Goth Money Records
When the American Dream mixes with Trap Goth, you end up with Goth Money Records. Originally these six artists were each doing their own thing online, then Black Kray had the idea that they should merge their sounds and broaden their fan bases at the same time. With the help of the internet, they are able to create music together even though they are hundreds or thousands of miles apart. Many of them travel together for shows, but the shows have historically been a partial crew at every performance.
The group writes, records, and produces all of their own music, working hard to promote a positive, anti-racism message while staying true to their style. Their work is largely available on Soundcloud and YouTube, but also check out some of their newest work on their Tumblr.
Born Marcus Jamal Hopson, Hopsin came onto the Horrorcore scene in 2003. He recorded albums like Gazing in the Moonlight and Raw, appeared in videos with Tech N9ne and released his album Knock Madness to critical acclaim in 2013. More recently, he has founded a record label called Undercover Prodigy and released No Shame, his fifth studio album.
The most intriguing thing about Hopsin isn't his music or his constant feuds with other rappers, but his acting career. For many years he appeared as a background character in some of the most popular shows on television, including Gilmore Girls, Malcom in the Middle, Lizzie McGuire, That's So Raven, and Even Stevens. Millenials grew up watching one of the biggest names in Horrorcore in the background of all of their favorite TV shows!
Hopsin also lives a straight edge lifestyle, rejecting the excesses that typically come along with being a professional rapper and avoiding all drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. He lets his music reflect his dislike for mind-altering substances as well, hoping to be a musician who offers a more positive take on traditionally dark subjects.
Rapper Krizz Kaliko came on the scene around the same time as Tech N9ne, which was fortuitous for both of them as they paired up and began working together on a number of songs. Kaliko eventually signed under Tech N9ne's label Strange Music.
Krizz Kaliko is known for his catchy hooks and soulful sound. His debut album, titled Vitiligo after an autoimmune disease he is afflicted with, came in at number 19 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums. His 2016 album, Go, addresses some of his inner demons and goes into his personal struggle with bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. You can find his songs through his page on the Strange Music website.
These artists are amazing, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of other fabulous musicians who are putting goth topics to music, and Trap Goth and Horrorcore aren't the only genres out there that might appeal to a goth audience. A little bit of time searching online can unearth a wide variety of music that speaks to the hidden darkness within you.
Who are your favorite Trap Goth and Horrorcore artists?