patKa, on 12 April 2010 - 11:12 PM, said:
I think that he might have been the first one to use the term "horrorcore". I'm pretty sure that horrorcore tracks were being made before L did that one but they were known as acid rap or something.
That's partially true. He was not the first to use the term horrorcore, though he obviously accepted that title / label but horrorcore tracks were being created before L did them and Esham called his style acid rap back in the late eighties.
If you want to be technical, acid rap evolved into horrorcore, making Esham the godfather of horrorcore in the same way that someone like Schoolly D is the godfather of gangster rap. And then in the early nineties ('91 and '92) you had Scarface and The Geto Boys and Gangsta Nip all before L.
But I don't think any of those guys were listening to each other back then, they all just separately invented it for themselves by advancing their rhymes and taking it to the next step / level, some were just doing it before others.
And I think people going back to the mid nineties have misinterpreted what L has said in interviews and rephrased it in a way that he wouldn't have used. He said he took it beyond reality, dropped the first horrorcore single and set it off, meaning he popularized it, especially for being banned from the radio as a debut single and then in '94 horrorcore took over and looking back you can say that he did it first.
Kyzer Soze, on 13 April 2010 - 03:57 AM, said:
I've never heard that before. I thought acid rap was trippy, hallucinatory rap. But you're probably right about Big L coining the term horrorcore; he loved to play with language.
patKa's right, acid rap is horrorcore before horrorcore, Esham definitely coined that phrase, he was talking about all sorts of crazy impossible shit back in the eighties. It's the origins of horrorcore, proto-horrorcore if you will. It's basically the same thing, there's nothing else to call it or compare it to, so Esham is recognized retroactively for contributing to this sub-genre.
And I don't think L named horrorcore, we would've heard about that, probably straight from L himself. I don't know who said it first though, that's a good question. No matter what, Devil's Son is the representative horrorcore track for me, he was one of the ones that helped start it and get it recognized and he was the one that perfected it, nothing else can compare. It walks such a fine line of humor and seriousness, it's a perfectly fitting debut single for L.