Since the tender age of 13, Rashaam Smith has combined the extreme violence of hip-hop's most street-level practitioners with a sadistic bent that would get his music dubbed "horrorcore." As Esham, his ghostly makeup and ghastly lyrics have not only generated a devoted fan base, but also led to death threats (not a few thanks to his 1993 outing KKKill the Fetus). What's more, his vision has proved too singular for many collaborators; even his short tenure on ICP's Psycopathic label ended badly a couple of years ago. Back on his own Gothom imprint, Esham is readying Sacrificial Lambs, his first album since 2005 and a sure bet to outrage someone, somewhere.
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