Rapocalypse Now! To Celebrate Fallout 4 We Compiled These End-Of-Days References In Rap
Even without the monstrous success of Fallout 4, humankind has long been obsessed with its own final, tremendous demise. The old Norse people believed in “Ragnarök,” a final battle in which gods fight men, with both sides incurring heavy losses. Believers of The Day After Tomorrow, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid, claim that another Ice Age will render the Northern Hemisphere nearly uninhabitable. It’s a complicated dogma. Here is what rappers say about the end days:
Open Mike Eagle, “Mole In Your Ministry”
Open Mike Eagle is a rapper who is funny. He’s not specifically a comedy rapper. On “Mole In Your Ministry,” Eagle finds an original source for the imagined apocalypse: your terrible rapping. According to Eagle, your rapping causes mysterious orbs to appear in the sky, which will then ruin Ecuador, drive the younger generation to substance abuse, and bring about the end of days. If only you hadn’t rapped.
Ill Bill, “How To Survive The Apocalypse”
Hidden amongst apocalyptic fear mongering on Ill Bill’s “How To Survive The Apocalypse” is some valuable information about how to lead a low-impact, environmentally friendly life. Ill William rhymes “So practice raising a vegetable garden/After the apocalypse you can survive.” True! Or, alternatively, save money on groceries.
Beastie Boys, “Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament”
The Beastie Boys, despite their bratty beginnings, have long been champions of leftist political causes. Released on Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 in 2011, “Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament” is a largely instrumental track touting, you guessed it, multilateral nuclear disarmament, likely the most expedient solution for preventing the earth from becoming a scarred hellscape. In their words, “We can make it happen.”
Andre 3000, “Love In War”
Andre 3000’s The Love Below is a challenging, ambitious, and, frankly, wildly overrated album. “Love In War,” like so much of the album, skews closer to experimental R&B than it does rap. Over a sparse, near-Kraftwerk beat, Andre 3000 repeatedly sings a short lullaby about love and war, interrupted only by a brief verse. He knows it’s cliché to mention love when an unspecified end is near, but he does it anyway.
Gravediggaz ft. Killah Priest, “Day of Repentance”
Few do apocalyptic, Five Percenter-infused imagery better than Wu-Tang Clan and its affiliated groups. On “Day of Repentance,” Killah Priest raps about a UFO-driven apocalypse during which the streets run with lava, and spaceships are visible above Egypt. Poetic, too, has a vision of the apocalypse:
Comets hit co-ops with force that made blocks split
Flocks tried to escape a fate that made even hard rocks slide
As nuclear dropped out of the sky
MC Ren, Shock of the Hour
MC Ren, best known for his early career making gangster rap alongside Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube, went solo in 1993. During the process of recording debut album Life Sentence, Ren converted and changed the title to Shock of the Hour, named for a Louis Farrakhan speech. Shock of the Hour is essentially a diptych; the first half of the album is the gangster rap listeners had come to expect, the second half a series of songs espousing a newfound social consciousness. “Shock of the Hour,” the final song on the album, is about a gory apocalypse in which a group are sacrificed for their sins.
Method Man, “Judgement Day”
According to Meth, in the midst of the Earth ending, a rumor arises: the last hardcore rappers are coming up with a cure to the end the pestilence. Alas, Method Man declines because he “like[s] the misery.” Though the Black Death wiped out as much as one one-third of Europe in the 14th century, and millions in 19th century Asia, the disease’s spread is easily prevented in developed societies. Vaccines for the bacteria are also available.