So Apparently Occult Rap is a Thing: SickTanick Tha Soulless

Meet SickTanick, a self-described “Occult Rap” artist rapper who has gained some degree of notoriety for his use of esoteric themes in his lyrics.

Here’s a bit of his biography, via the horrorcore wiki:

Not long after hitting his teenage years he found a obsession with the occult, being turned away from church and “god” he found a path to a more dark way of life, Satanism. Reading Anton Lavey’s “The Satanic Bible” and all of its companions, he soon became secluded from the outside world. Lavey’s writings were never enough, he soon delved into many books by Aleister Crowley, The man who was once labeled “The most wicked man on earth”, and other occult related books such as the Necronomicon, The Black Arts, And many books on Necromancy and Necromantik Rites. This opened a new world for him and would come into play much more then he thought in his daily life.

Gimmick or not, SickTanick has been active as a contributor to the Hermetic Library’s music library. (Incidentally, I highly recommend the Hermetic Library as a source for esoteric studies, particularly for those interested in Western esotericism.) Check out some of the lyrics from his track “Exorkismos:”

Lord deliver this your servant from these evil clutches
he serves your righteous hand so save him from this great destruction
spiritual rape ina physical state is the very tools that he will use
listen not to the demon for what he is saying it is not the truth
love is abused by this profane mockery of nature, swine of the earth
filthy disgusting is this so called savior, born in the manger
died on a cross sacrifice to the one true god, lord of the sun
lord of the aeon please expose this fraud, give us strength during
this great battle, let us eat the forbidden apple inside the chapel
we will cast our shadow upon the world by the light of the candle
demon begone, back to your heaven of lies and deceit, in the name of
the prince the air i demand and command that you now leave.

While the use of occult themes in rap and other forms of popular music isn’t new, I don’t recall any rappers who explicitly identify themselves as occultists. Then again, I’m no expert on the genre. Maybe resident hiphop Disinfonaut Camron Wiltshire can shed some light on the matter.

Meanwhile check out an interview with SickTanick in the charmingly DIY periodical MurderZine.

Great big hat tip to the Hermetic Library blog for turning us on to SickTanick.



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20 Comments on "So Apparently Occult Rap is a Thing: SickTanick Tha Soulless"

  1. Posthuman | Feb 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm |

    Stuff like this tarnishes the word “occult”.

  2. lazy_friend | Feb 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm |

    Def Horrorcore. I like it better than ICP and the like. Using occult literature for inspiration may actually make this genre something to be taken seriously. Not just a niche genre reserved for social retards and petty criminals with a lack of hygiene and style. I wonder if he will actually have a “cult” following.

    • Thank you very much for your words! I actually do have a big “cult” following with my label SKR, we tour nationally and have been featured & reviewed in many prominent zines and magazines, and have a lot of great accomplishment’s under our belt’s with many more to come!

  3. uhhh,

  4. uhhh..guess you never found SCHOLAR back in the day. this shit is pretty lame

  5. Early Three 6 Mafia, Gravediggaz, Esham…

    • Revolutionary7G | Feb 20, 2013 at 12:43 am |

      Necro and especially ILL BILL, plus look up Sick Jacken and Pyscho Realm. Necro is horrorcore and not very good in my opinion, but he does drop crowley lines in his songs. I highly recommend Ill Bill and Sick Jacken though. Also, check out this music video for quality music and great clips from The Holy Mountain.

  6. $23802000 | Feb 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm |

    this guy is a juggalo apostate

  7. I didn’t hate it

    This comes to mind

  8. this isn’t occult rap, this is just using dark imagery to sell records. there are a lot of actually really good and knowledgeable rappers like Hidden Fortress, Masta Buildas, ATMA, Lost Children of Babylon, Sick Since, Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz, etc that are initiates of the craft and teach real lessons in their music. I suggest to anyone who is interested in checking out real esoteric hip-hop to check these rappers out.

  9. The Lost Children Of Babylon were another. Karriem Riggins’ new video is full of occult symbolism and it’s the shizznittle bam snip snap sack:

  10. This is a pretty awful example of both the occult and Rap. For a more subtle example of “occult Rap” check out something like Open Mike Eagle’s ‘4NML HSPTL’ LP.

  11. BrianApocalypse | Feb 20, 2013 at 11:47 am |

    Check out Noah 23. He raps about themes very in touch with Disinfo with influences from Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K Dick and Discordianism. I particularly like his “Occult Trill” albums.

  12. joseph chambers | Feb 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm |

    This is an embarrassment to occultists and rap fans

  13. Actually it is Occult Rap and I AM an initiate. Perhaps check out more of my music before passing judgement 🙂

  14. Shouts and thanks to Disinfo for putting this up and to The Hermetic Library / Audio pool for connecting with them. That wiki about me is actually really bad, for those of you on here saying negative things as far as how my music relates to The Occult, I would recommend listening to my song’s “Babalons Embrace” & “Path Of Initiation”. I have been an occult practitioner for 10+ years, and have scored high reviews from Fangoria, Horror Hound, as well as write ups and positive reviews from various Occultists / Occult Societies especially with my newest release “Chapter 3”. I implore you to check out more of my music and thank you for your time regardless if you like it or not. Check my out on Facebook /SickTanicKSKR or on twitter @sicktanick much respect. -Sick

  15. Fed weezE | Oct 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm |

    I saw this fucking guy totally puss out in Portland one time because there were too many black people at the venue. “IT WASNT HIS AUDIENCE” he said.

  16. Ricky Hoppes | Aug 6, 2014 at 7:07 am |

    Never heard of Lord Infamous, huh?

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