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At the forefront of the controversial (and shortly lived) "Horrorcore" movement, the Gravediggaz first made waves with their 1994 album 6 Feet Deep. Made up of The Rzarector, The Undertaker, The Grym Reaper, and The Gatekeeper (aka the RZA, Prince Paul, Too Poetic, and Frukwan,) they formed a dark and mysterious team, challenging listeners with disturbing tales and bizarre production. The album was over the heads of many, but the group developed a strong underground following and shined on grizzly tracks like "Diary of a Madman" and "2 Cups of Blood." Their highly anticipated follow-up The Pick, The Sickle, and The Shovel dropped in 1997. Though not quite as blood-drenched as their debut, the Diggaz touched on a wider array of subject matter, addressing heavy themes like slavery and the plight of America's working poor. Their third album (with the line-up slimmed down to just Frukwan and Poetic), Nightmare In A Minor was released in 2001, shortly after Poetic's cancer-related death. Although not as successful as Wu-Tang, the Gravediggaz make high-quality hip-hop that is consistently unique, a trait that too many artists seem to have forgotten.
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