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Gravediggaz

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New York City (1993 – 2001, 2010 – present)

Gravediggaz was a group from New York City. They were well-known for their dark sense of humor and abrasive, menacing soundscapes. The group was formed in 1993 and was effectively a “supergroup”, bringing together Prince Paul (formerly producer with De La Soul and Stetsasonic), Frukwan from Stetsasonic, Poetic from the Too Poetic, and RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. All these artists were signed to Tommy Boy Records in the late 80’s. After each of them getting jerked by Tommy Boy, Gravediggaz formed and produced a demo in 91’. Shopping it for three years before finally being picked up by Richie Rich who ran Gee Street(a subsidiary of Island Records) in 1994. The group are widely credited as being one of the most influential and pioneering groups in the small subgenre of horrorcore.

The group’s first album was originally titled Niggamortis; however, the potentially risqué title was changed to 6 Feet Deep for the American market (European versions of the album retained the original title, and also included the bonus track “Pass The Shovel”). Released on August 9 1994, 6 Feet Deep was a mix of over-the-top ghoulish black humor, cartoonish violence reminiscent of the Geto Boys, esoteric references to the Five Percent Nation of Gods and Earths, and gritty, foreboding beats reminiscent of RZA’s work with the Wu-Tang Clan. The four members adopted Gravedigga alter-egoes for their work with the group: RZA became RZArecta, Poetic became the Grym Reaper, Prince Paul became the Undertaker, and Frukwan became the Gatekeeper.

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  • wingsoftoast

    I love the break in 'Pass the Shovel' when it goes all Country and Western. Great 1st album - but not surprising considering who was involved - most talented guys in hiphop at the time. Couldn't be sustained for long though - arguably the whole Wu mythos couldn't be stretched much further than second albums. Happy memories though ;)

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • jaska138

    The wu-tang tag is unnecessary, yeah RZA's there but it's nothing like wu-tang, the production maybe little bit.?

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • adamofgenesis

    Dope as fuck

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • G_Devidze

    diary of the madman - the best Hardcore rap i have ever listened to

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • dylansko

    Essential Halloween right here!

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • podgethebastard

    fuck how have i only 4 scrobbles? i am fucked then? bridget and ted

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SadieSadSadist

    6 Feet Deep - Top 10 hip-hop albums of the 90s.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Creepcleaner

    SO GOOD ! ! ! !!!!

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • Ruthless06660

    I downloaded 6 Feet Deep by accident. Turned out to be one of my favorite groups ever.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • boumalhab

    GRAVEDIGGAZ, NIGGA.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Mateolero

    Real beat!

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • seanfathom

    the production on death trap is amazing!

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • MmDruqks

    6 Feet Deep is perfect.

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ieatmidgets

    Horrorcore only Gravediggaz is trve

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • boehj

    1st album is gold.

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • homework

    Ain't no good/chopped up bodies all over the floor

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • FeroxZombie

    Ain't no good/chopped up bodies all over the floor

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • KillerCLbee

    Nothing bad at being horrorcore. You can hate what is was or what it has become. But if you're mad that Gravediggaz and ICP are under the same tag. Well think that Gravediggaz called themselves horrorcore and ICP doesn't like being labled as it.

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Escobar97

    The beats are something you don't hear from a Horrorcore Group. It's stupid.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • introxbust

    Classic

    9 May 2012 Reply
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